A huge welcome aboard to ComicArtFans gallery favorite Michael Finn, renowned throughout the cosmos as the “One Minute Later” guy! As the name implies, he commissions artists to render the subject matter of published covers a minute later, or with the theme “what happens next”? In this case, Michael contacted my longtime partner Sal Velluto & myself to take the 1st appearance of Marvel’s Black Panther from FANTASTIC FOUR #52 (1966) by Kirby & Sinnott and follow this theme. I worked from a blueline file of the pencil art on 2-ply board and inked the job with brush, markers and Pitt brush marker. I inked Sal’s copy with markers and Speedball nibs (and added in “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine” and “Marvel Comics Group”). Incidentally, T’Challa’s words are from his interior dialogue. It’s my 22nd BP job but only my 2nd “classic” FF commission. I finished this 11X17 image on 4/15/2008. Michael then commissioned Randy Sargent to color it and that file arrived in my inbox on 4/28/2008.
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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