This was my 5th job for Steve Pillarella and my 9th time inking over Wyman’s pencil work. In this case, it was a cover recreation of X-Men v1 #101 (1976) by (All-New) co-creator Dave Cockrum with the elements of the image altered a little bit. I inked it with brush and markers and used a Hunt 102 quill for the flash and speed lines. I added line zip for Cyclops’ visor to match M.C.’s lines even though the image now looks more Terry Austin inked than Dave with it. The pencil art was presumingly sprayed with fixative because I could barely erase the graphite after completion so I had to use collection fluid on spots but I couldn’t get everything. The 11X17 commission was completed on 7/23/2005.
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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