Welcome back client Stu Neft for his sophomore contribution to the Inkwell commissions gallery, a cover recreation in blueline of the cover to Marvel Treasury Edition #18 pencilled by the original penciller, Bob Budiansky, my first chance at inking his work. The original was inked by Ernie Chan which I referred to but purposely didn’t try to simulate in regards to style. Consisting of appearances by Spidey, Ironfist, Angel, Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Ghost Rider, Iceman and Werewolf by Night, this 11X17 job on 2-ply board was inked with brush, markers, Pitt brush marker and some white paint spatter and it was finished on 2/21/2008.
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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