On page 2 I had an entry “AVENGERS BY TOM DERENICK, Vintage Sample Art” where I inked Tom on 3 pages of Avengers material from the late 1990s. But that was but a sliver of my sample ink work. From the mid-late ’90s into the early 2000s I did a lot of samples over tracing vellum (taped on top of the pencils photocopy) which I abhor. But it was the most-common way that inkers did these in the pre-blueline-on-your-computer days. I cannot cite exact issue for these thumbnails but I can name titles and pencil artists (L-R, top-bottom): Ron Lim on THE INFINITY CRUSADE, Dave Ross on FORCEWORKS, Salvador Larocca on GHOST RIDER, Steven Butler on WEB OF SPIDER-MAN, Tom Grindberg on SILVER SURFER and Tom Raney on the WARLOCK CHRONICLES (2 pages). More samples continue in the next entry. Ultimately, many of these samples on vellum w/ the copies attached were either given away to friends or sold for prices like $1 – $10 depending on the content. The reason for the low value is that even though it was original ink art, it wasn’t the published version and few want to frame a crinkly vellum page. Usually it was amateur inkers trying to hone their skills to break into the biz that got the most use out of these.
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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