This was my 2nd job for James but the umpteenth time that I’ve inked over Sal. James hired us to recreate the cover art from XO-Manowar #0 by art team Joe Quesada & Jimmy Palmiotti but instead rendering the armor after the Bart Sears design used later. James asked me to remove the sartorius muscle on his left leg from Sal’s drawing for aesthetic reasons (anatomically, it was correct). I inked this one with brush, markers, razor blade scrapings, drybrush, white paint spatter and fingerprint smudges, and a rub-on Instantex texture sheet. This 11X17 image was completed on 5/27/05.
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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