“This is one of those special offers. Larry is a client who has commissioned me for 6 previous jobs: Hulk vs. Thing, Hulk vs. Absorbing Man, Iron Man #199 cover recreation and a Goliath (all by MC Wyman) and Martian Manhunter and Black Panther w/ 3 floating heads (both by Sal).Then he offered me to participate in a George Tuska drawn X-Men image with 6 figures from the team that he wanted several inkers to each ink a character. Sadly, I had to decline that job. B ut a few months later Larry again commissioned George to pencil a similar image but with a retro 1970s team of 8 Avengers (fans may remember that George had worked on a few old Silver-age issues of the title and had a short run in the Bronze-age as well from issues 137-140). After George chose to ink Iron Man appropriately enough (he rendered the character for like the entire 1970s) and Kevin Nowlan chose Wanda Larry asked me who I wanted and after some thought I chose the Vision. George’s pencils are a bit sketchy (he is like 90 now so we can cut him some slack) but there was enough info to elaborate on and Larry encouraged us to do so as long as we didn’t lose George’s style. I inked the Vision on 2/25/2005. Subsequently, but not necessarily in chronological order, Jerry Ordway inked Thor, Rich Buckler inked Beast, Bob Layton inked Yellowjacket, Alan Weiss inked Cap and Mike Zeck inked Hawkeye. After this was completed Larry commissioned Avengers uber-color artist and pal Tom Smith to color it. He completed it on 8/16/2005.
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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