My 5th MTiO Guy commission with these kind of Thing team-ups, and 6th job with Val, is not based on a specific WHAT-IF? scenario. He requested that Val render Benjy & Werewolf-by-Night in combat with Stara Kan (a John Carter, Warlord of Mars foe) and the Lord-sire of the Brotherhood of the Badoon in the imagined “KING-SIZE MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #9”. This 11X17 art was on the same kind of board as the last one Val used so it was a tad difficult to work on but IMO this one came out better than the previous inked effort. Using all of my usual inking tools plus some white drybrush, I finished this one on 2/22/2009.
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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