This job marks a long-awaited return from my most-prolific client Damon Owens. This, his 49th piece inked by me, is my 1st time inking veteran penciller Luke McDonnell, but the character is very familiar to me. While it may count as my 20th Black Panther commission, it is, in actuality, not T’CHalla but his father, T’Chaka. I didn’t work on BLACK PANTHER v3 #30 (regardless of what the incorrect cover credits say) so Sal designed a look for T’Chaka on the cover in his BP garb but then fill-in artist Norm Breyfogle designed another look, which is the one you see here. I worked with markers, Pitt brush marker and brush on this 8.5X11 image and I finished it on 11/14/2007. Coming soon: Damon’s Big 50!
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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