My 3rd commission for Officer Mike White, this one is pencilled by his bud Mark McKenna. I’ve only inked 2 other inkers in this gallery to date, Bob McLeod and Dick Ayers, and they are also known for a lot of pencil work. But Mark, like me and other inkers, is known for a vast career of mostly embellishing. and it was fun doing this for both of us. Mark encouraged me to feel free to take liberties and I did, reluctantly. I didn’t want to diminish the integrity of his work but at the same time I wanted to bring something to the table and hopefully enhance what was already there. Thankfully, Mark agreed that I did so. This job with Hal Jordan & Kyle Raynor was inked with brush & markers on 11X17 board and finished on 2/13/2006.
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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