Terry Allen is a new client who has artists render the golden-age pulp-based characters The Shadow and Doc Savage (both new to this gallery) on his custom sketch cards. As those who frequent this gallery know, I rarely do ‘solo’ commissions, but I was intrigued by the novelty of this one and the 2.5X3.5 small size meant it wouldn’t be too intrusive on my bust schedule. Ha! About a year later I finally got around to them. Of the two I dug the Shadow one more than the Doc Savage as the latter ‘Man of Bronze’ doesn’t really look like the character he’s supposed to be. I guess I took a few too many liberties. Anyway, I used mostly brush on these images, probably looser strokes than usual, with drybrush and some micron markers. They were finished April 21, 2013.
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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