While working on BLACK PANTHER V3 #17 there was a glitch. Writer Christopher Priest had accidentally combined a possible sequence for a later issue (#22) into the final pages of script for issue 17. By the time they caught it Sal had already pencilled the four pages but I hadn’t received them yet to ink. It seemed odd at the time but CJP was known for non-linear storytelling so jumping around was par for the course and we dismissed it. Much later, first-time commission client but prolific original comic art collector Don Degracia hired me to ink this page which I did over a blueline digital file printed on 11X17 2-ply board. It shows the Wakandan Royal Palace in a flashback scene with a young T’Challa running towards it and a wise Zuri overseeing him to the left. I inked it in markers and used some fine white paint spatter over the backdrop cityscape for depth. It was finished on 12/17/2006. To read more about the 4 pages mentioned here please click here for my SPECIAL FEATURES section and scroll down
Bob is the inking half of the Sal Velluto art team collaboration on such projects as Marvel’s critically-acclaimed BLACK PANTHER,’99-’02 leading to a 2003 Comicboards “Ooks” Award for “Best Inker” & two “Squiddies” awards for “Best Inker” (2001 along with “Best Creative Team” win and 2002 tied with Mark Farmer and tied for “Best Multi-Part Story”), and many other projects with Sal since 1997 and other artists at Marvel, DC, Acclaim, Malibu, Penny-Farthing Press, Power Comics, IDW, Kingstone, Thrilling Nostalgia Comics, Harris Comics, Topps, Wildstorm, New England Comics, Valiant and several others. While he’s been primarily an ink artist he’s also been a columnist for Sketch magazine and First Comics News. Bob’s a comic book collector and unofficial historian who has acted as a “Master of the Obscure” at the Marvel Appendix site, been a longtime member of the “Jarvis Heads” and a “group expert” at Facebook groups. He’s the founder/director of the official non-profit Inkwell Awards and advocate since 2008. Bob has been credited with “Special Thanks” along with his “Storyteller” colleagues Christopher Priest & Sal Velluto in the record-breaking film BLACK PANTHER (2018) and BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (2022).
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