Damon has used a few themes along the way such as seen in my own gallery with “Golden-age Heroes”, “Brass”, “Crossover Nexus” and his “Brotherhood” images. This one, my 44th from him, debuts his “Black Panther World Tour” at my site. First stop, the United Kingdom, with a BP & Union Jack team-up by Trevor Von Eeden, my 2nd job over his work. I personally find his art challenging since he is very light & sketchy and I can’t quite always make out what he’s drawn so I find myself just improvising. In this scene the client asked that I remove all of the “Christmas card” style copy and replace the stars & stripes with a Wakandan banner since, after all, T’Challa is AFRICAN, not African-American. Since I’d designed the Wakandan banner in BP #49 (see “BLACK PANTHER BY SAL VELLUTO” on gallery page 1) it was simple enough to adjust it for him. Also of note: I dotted the stars in instead of doing a white ink spattered star-scape; I haven’t done this approach for a decade or so. Using brush, Pitt brush marker, markers and crayon pencil, I finished this 9X12 job on 2/15/2006. Note: if you squint you can see Trevor’s shape of the Silver Surfer, like a reverse silhouette, at the top of the art.
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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