Daredevil is my 7th job for Michael Rankins but my first time over Michelangelo. The client did not want me to keep the moon background and asked me to come up with something else. After doing seven thumbnails Michael & I agreed to the one posted. The fan in me came out and I added some classic silhouettes to the cityscape like the Bater Building, the Kingpin’s penthouse tower and even classic DD foe the Stilt-man! I’m pleased with how I handled my first crack at MA even though I struggled with the “Al Rio” board that was used…not that you can tell here, but there was some bleeding and while using low-tack frisket for the ink spatter, much of the ink and board lifted with the frisket sheet. For this job I utilized markers, brush, black ink spatter and white ink spatter for the starscape. After some clean-up this 11X17 commission was completed on 12/12/2005.
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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