This was my 1st commission for Gary M. Miller but my sophomore effort over “Happy Herbie”, previously inked on page 5 of my gallery. This job was sent to me as a 11X17 file that I printed up in blueline on 2-ply board. The client wanted Herb to render the cover recreation as a variant of the original cover to Incredible Hulk v1 #1 from 1962 (file 5) but with a 1970s theme using the cover copy design and characters from that period, the period that Herb worked in. I inked the image with my usual tools but also a Hunt 102 quill for the flash lines and finished it on 9/22/2008. The last time I inked Hulk was on page 7 of my gallery fighting Thor and before that page 4 fighting the Absorbing Man in one entry and the Thing in another entry immediately before it. The 1st Hulk I did was over Craig Rousseau on page 2, making this my 5th Hulk commission I’ve done. The client asked me to email the inked file to my pal Tom Smith in order to digitally color it, also in a somewhat retro style (file 3). He did up gray and green-skinned versions.
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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