Black Panther #1 cover
Pencils John Romita Jr
Inks Klaus Janson
Color Dean White
So this is the one that started it all. I was working on Punisher Max (did the first 12) and the editor Axel Alonso called and told me he wanted me to work with John and Klaus.
I almost turned it down because man WAS I scared of coloring John, I just felt it was too easy to go wrong on him and mess up his art. I was going back and forth on it and then came across a painting of Hellboy that Mike Mignola did and I instantly felt that that was more of the way to go with John. Focus on the big shapes and then add the painting on top of it.
I ended up doing the cover then the first 6 pages and being rather aggressive with the art, adding in blacks going over the lines. I was all over the map doing it the way I wanted to and had not really seen on John up to that point.
I was ready for them to hate it but if I was going to work with John and Klaus I could not do it without trying to give it my all. If they did not like those pages then I would just bow out and let them find someone more suited to their taste. No fuss no foul. Luckily John and Klaus were happy with it. I did have some nervous moments as I was waiting for their responses to see if they liked it or not.