Earlier this year everyone was excited to see Sy Barry at a New York comic convention and now we are proud to inform that there will be not one, nor two but THREE high profile Phantom artists who have a long and rich history in the field of comics and also the Phantom.
The convention is the Salt Lake Comic Convention and while most will be excited about Ben Affleck somebody, who are they fooling. The real hero's of the show are Phantom artists Sal Velluto, Alex Saviuk and Bob Almond.
This event is on September 6-8 at the Salt Palace Convention Centre in Salt Lake City.
Alex Saviuk started his professional career at DC Comics in 1977 after studying sequential art with WILL EISNER at The School of Visual Arts in NYC. In 1986, Alex moved over to MARVEL COMICS before eventually becoming the penciler on DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH.
Besides drawing THE PHANTOM for Egmont and Frew since 2004, Alex pencils the SPIDER-MAN Sunday newspaper and inks the Dailies both written by STAN LEE. Some Australian phans had the priveldge to meet him when he came to Supanova Sydney & Perth and the LFMBEC Dinner back in 2013.
Sal Velluto has been a professional illustrator for thirty plus years. He worked for MARVEL, (Power Pack, Moon Knight, Captain America, Silver Surfer, Black Panther, etc.) DC, (Justice League Task Force, Firebrand, Flash, Batman Chronicles, JSA, Aquaman, etc,) VALIANT/ACCLAIM (X-O Manowar, Bloodshot) NOW, (The Green Hornet) PENNY FARTHING PRESS (Captain Gravity) STAR COMICS (Lazarus Ledd).
Since 2007 Sal has been illustrating The Phantom, (for Egmont in Scandinavia, Frew in Australia and Hermes Press in the USA) the grandfather of all modern super-heroes. From 1999 to 2002 Sal drew 34 issues of Marvel’s Black Panther, becoming the most prolific artist, to date, on this title. Some of Sal’s original design concepts for Black Panther were refined and used in the 2018 blockbuster movie.
Beside comics, Sal’s work extends to advertising, animation, design, magazines, video games, role play games, trading cards and toys. Sal, Velluto and his wife of 32 years, Sharon, live in West Jordan, Utah. They have four children.
Majority of phans may have not heard of Bob Almond before but he has also very well known and admired in the industry with credits inking comics for Marvel Comics, DC, Image and other US comics publishers and characters like Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman etc. Bob has won several awards for his inking and has assisted Sal Velluto on five Egmont stories and other various Velluto projects.
If you are planning to attend this convention, please take some photos of the event so we can share them with the Phantom Community.
Thanks goes to Sal Velluto for letting us know about this exciting selection of artists coming together.