Michael has launched a new commission theme: “bombshells”. We have images of Golden-age heroines from various publishers sitting upon WWII bombs. The ladies are, from top to bottom: Miss America, Liberty Belle, Bullet Girl & the Blonde Phantom. While I had done a job previously for Damon of the Blonde Phantom with Sal Velluto, this is my 1st shot at these other “Good Girls”. Same thing regarding cheesecake pin-up artist Dan Veesenmeyer, it’s my 1st crack at inking him. He renders tight and heavily with the graphite but I was able to deal with that factor with minimal effort. The client suggested to me to consider using a background circle in the composition as a design element and I ultimately did so after he sent me vintage images from the time period that do just that (as seen in the 3 color files on the bottom right). These 11X17 drawings on 2-ply board were inked with brush and markers. Michael 32nd to 35th commissions with me were completed on May 27, 2008.
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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