Welcome to DAMON OWENS’ 50th commission inked by me and what a doozy to celebrate the occasion! All 42 members of this multi-publisher team creation, The Brotherhood, this image is an homage to the diptych cover to 2006’s JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 by Ed & Mariah Benes. Sal & I are flattered to receive the honors and it was a lot of fun to do so many different characters even though it took a lifetime to complete. My 5th Brotherhood job, the image is 20″X15.5″ and I inked it with brush & markers. It was finished by January 29, 2008. For the full rollcall, please click for Damon’s CAF gallery entry list.
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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