What About Bob?
Born on January 4th, 1967 In Seoul, Korea Bob relocated to the US of A after only a few weeks. Bob soon discovered comics and became a ‘Marvel zombie’ at the age of nine. This led to the never-ending accumulation of a vast comic book collection but, most notably, the success at eventually acquiring the entire run of the AVENGERS series, having been inspired by the art of George Perez. This work motivated him to learn the craft and develop the skills of sequential art storytelling with the goal of becoming a professional comic book artist. Bob, his brother Mike, and his friends, all of whom shared a similar interest, formed the homemade ‘Torpedo Comics’ (which used their own and Marvel characters) and it allowed him the practice necessary in the early years, lasting until the sophomore year of high school, when life REALLY got in the way.
Bob later attended UMass Dartmouth taking up illustration as his major. After scoring well on his senior project, a sci-fi/ fantasy/ horror anthology told with sequential art storytelling as a graphic novel, Bob graduated (and got married!) in 1990 with a BFA in Illustration. After two years of collecting numerous rejection letters for his penciling and inking samples, Bob broke Into the biz professionally thanks to the efforts of Bernie Wrightson and Jim Starlin. After several years of attending the annual Wrightson Halloween bash (a tradition begun after Interviewing Bernie over the phone for a college project and being invited to attend) Bob had displayed his inking samples to Bernie’s pal Jim, and Jim convinced his editor to hire Bob as Terry Austin’s! replacement on WARLOCK AND THE INFINITY WATCH in 1992 for his big break.