This is Michael Rankins 37th commission inked by me. It’s my 5th Supergirl but my first pencil work by Paul Abrams who I met about 20 years ago at one of the Bernie Wrightson Halloween parties in upper-state New York. This was inked with my usual tools (brush, Pitt brush marker, markers) but also some crayon texture, drybrush and zip for a strip of cosmic background. Some of the shading on Supergirl and her cape were light so I improvised. The client also asked me to adjust her feet so as to not look like they were on the opposite side. I think I succeeded. I completed the 11X17 art on 1-ply board on August 5, 2008. Later, Paul’s art rep Scott Kress sent me a file where he digitally colored the art as seen below.
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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