The 10th commission for my pal Jeff, this one was my second time handling HIS ‘Fantastic Four’ assortment from his collection. Namor, Nita, Invisible Woman and She-Hulk is his ideal FF team and while the last one that I inked was pencilled by M.C. Wyman, this one was my first time over Alex Miranda. Due to the nature of the pencils I decided to ink it entirely in my markers without any brush at all so the already meticulous art took a little longer to ink than usual. I finished drawing in Namor’s left leg and spotted black into the background to add contrast so that the busy details would not distract from the overall image itself. As a sidebar observation: I don’t know if it was intentional or not but I found it amusing that all around this mostly (and very busty) female cast were various towering phallic symbols in addition to water draining and splashing everywhere. Maybe it’s just me. This commission was completed 2/8/04.
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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