Jim Starlin has been a hero to me since I was in elementary school and he was the man who directly got me hired as a comics professional and who was long overdue to get a prestigious coffee table-style art book on his life and work. So after picking up this book today from my retailer I was riveted in reading his career history retrospective and surprised that they used one of the covers I inked over Angel Medina for Warlock and the Infinity Watch issue 20 in the section where he talks about this work he wrote at Marvel in the early ’90s. (Incidentally, I had an opportunity to ‘go home again’ and recreate this cover recently.) Regrettably, this is one of the early covers I cringe at when I see it so thankfully the image is reproduced small, and while I normally bawk at books not crediting the ink artists, in this case I can forgive them;-) Regardless I am sincerely honored to be included in Jim’s art book, even if not by name.
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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