I hadn’t heard from client Steven Berry since a commission I did for him on page 1 of my gallery 5 years earlier. This time he asked me to embellish a loose drawing he rendered himself of Thanos, in an homage to the image by George Perez on the cover of INFINITY GAUNTLET v1 #4 from back in 1991. He composed the background image by adding Eternity, Death and the moon of Titan exploding. I played up the Perez-inspired image by redrawing and tweaking aspects of it and I adjusted the Infinity Gems placement on the glove. The commission was inked with brush, markers, white & black drybrush, white paint spatter, Prismacolor black pencil, Staedtler black lumocolor pencil, razor scrapings and various kinds of zip screens. The 11X14 art was finished on 3/18/2007.
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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