The “Marvel Two-in-One Guy” returns to the Inkwell Gallery with this, his 4th commission with me and my 5th with Val Semieks. Drawing on the earliest Marvel Two-in-One team-ups in Strange Tales, he commissioned a reinterpretation to the cover of issue 128 (original by Kirby & Giacoia- see file 3) with the Thing & Human Torch facing off with the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. I used my typical bag of inking tricks plus some white paint spatter and smudges. This 11X17 image (and the next entry) was on 2-ply Marvel board with a tooth surface that I found challenging to ink on and only used limited brush on it. I sent it to the client on 2/18/2009.
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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