Part of a tidal wave of additional commissions which included the recent two Namor images by Velluto and Geovani, respectively, here we have the 8th addition from my buddy Jeff the the gallery collection. This one depicted Namor attacking Iron Man by the prolific M.C. Wyman, my 5th collaboration with him. The client requested that I remove the scales from Namor’s pants and redraw the legs which I did. My typical, contemporary inking tools were used: brush marker, marker and brush along with some white paint spatter and a tiny bit of zip added to Namor’s belt. The client wanted black added to Wyman’s title logo but not wanting so quickly to repeat the design from the recent Velluto faux cover job we agreed to reverse the placement of blacks to the actual letters this time. The commission was done by 2/2/2004. Considering that M.C. did this pencil commission in 2003 I found it amusing to see that I inked it a year later and Tom Smith was later hired to digitally color the art in August 31 of 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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