When my Malibu Comics art partner Kevin West and I were invited to the 1997 Akron-Canton Ohio Comic Con we were also offered the chance to do the program book cover. Since we’d not done much material at that time with Wolverine we figured why not just slap him on the cover and get our chance. Speaking of of Kevin, sometime in ’97 I was asked by my Acclaim Comics editor and friend Lynaire Brust Thompson to ink two of his covers, each within a matter of hours, each in and out the same day. These were intended for the young readers digest ACCLAIM ADVENTURE ZONE on issues 6 and 7 with Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. But for whatever reason (I think the title was cancelled) the covers never saw print. Considering the rush job it was probably for the best.
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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