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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Comic Book Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Never give a person any reason to deny you anything.

Birthplace

Born:
2/2/1967
Birth Location:
Boston, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Comic Book Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
Never give a person any reason to deny you anything.

Birthplace

Born:
2/2/1967
Birth Location:
Boston
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Biography

Robert “Rob” Stull is an accomplished comic book artist. In the design of comic book pages he is known as an inker—drawing the characters and scenes with black ink before the coloration is added. He has worked for every major publisher in the comic book industry.

Born on February 2, 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts, Stull grew up and attended public schools in nearby Brookline, Massachusetts. He began drawing at age four and was encouraged throughout his childhood and youth by his mother Patricia Ryder and his father Donald Stull. Stull began his professional career after graduating form the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1989. At Stulldesign / Ink on Paper, he worked with several companies in Boston and New York, providing services ranging from graphic design to art direction.

Stull’s projects include: Spider Man Adventures, Slingers, Iron Man, X-Force, New Mutants, Wolverine and Spider-Man / Doctor Octopus: Out of Reach--all for Marvel Comics. Other projects include Nightwing and Secret Files for DC Comics and Tellos for Image Comics.

Stull is also the creator and curator of Sequential Art: The Next Step, the first ever gathering of African American comic book artists and the grouping of their art in exhibition format, to demonstrate the presence of blacks in comic book art. Sequential Art is a traveling exhibit spotlighting the contributions to comic book art and popular culture, which has been viewed around the country. The exhibit displayed over 100 works by thirteen mainstream contemporary black comic artists.

Stull was also the co-founder, along with Keron Rant and Chris Walker, of Armanda Design Group, a New York based studio, whose mission was to properly fuse together comic books and hip-hop. The studio produced high quality illustration work for clients such as Virgin Records, Tommy Boy Record, The Fader magazine and Cornerstone. In 2004, Stull taught a two-week “crash course” in Bordeaux, France, at the Carnival des 2 Rives to communicate the language of Sequential Art and have the participants produce work in a deadline fashion just like the comic book artists that work in the industry.

Robert Stull was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 28, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert Stull's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert Stull discusses his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert Stull describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert Stull lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert Stull recalls his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert Stull remembers his granparents and great-grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert Stull shares memories of childhood friends
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert Stull reflects on his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robert Stull recalls school life at Pierce Elementary in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Stull recalls his early art instruction
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Stull discusses his father's profession
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Stull shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Stull recounts his high school art instruction
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Stull remembers friendships forged during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Stull describes his high school career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert Stull recalls participating in youth art contests and exhibits
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert Stull details his artistic influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robert Stull recalls his childhood interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Robert Stull recounts his post-high school educational path
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert Stull organizes a black student organization at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert Stull details his interest in graffiti art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert Stull recounts his early career in graphic design
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert Stull describes his beginnings in comic book art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert Stull remembers his first break in the comic book industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert Stull discusses his work as an inker for Marvel Comics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert Stull recalls his work on Spider-Man for Marvel Comics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert Stull details his work on 'The X-Men'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert Stull recounts co-founding Armada Design Group
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert Stull describes his seminal exhibition, "Sequential Art: The Next Step"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert Stull describes the success of his exhibits for "Next Step"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert Stull recalls several exhibitions of "Next Step"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert Stull details his work in Europe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert Stull reflects on his life and career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert Stull shares his advice for black youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Photo - Robert Stull as a kindergarten student, ca. 1972
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Photo - Robert Stull's mother, Patricia Ryder, and his grandmother, Virginia Ryder, ca. 2002
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Photo - Robert Stull's father, Donald Stull, ca. 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Photo - A drawing by Robert Stull at age three, 1970
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Photo - A childhood drawing by Robert Stull
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Photo - Robert Stull, Osaka, Japan, ca. 1981
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Photo - Robert Stull with his host mother and aunt, the Nemotos, Osaka, Japan, ca. 1981
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Photo - Robert Stull's host sister, Sarah Nemoto, Osaka, Japan, ca. 1981
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Photo - Robert Stull's host sister, Sarah Nemoto, Osaka, Japan, ca. 1981
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Photo - Robert Stull with Tom Silcott at their high school graduation, Brookline, Massachusetts, 1985
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Photo - Robert Stull at his high school graduation, Brookline, Massachusetts, 1985
  • Tape: 5 Story: 16 - Photo - Robert Stull at his art school graduation, 1989
  • Tape: 5 Story: 17 - Photo - Robert Stull painting a mural, Boston, Massachusetts, ca. 1984
  • Tape: 5 Story: 18 - Photo - Promotion for Les Nubians, Bordeaux, France, 2003
  • Tape: 5 Story: 19 - Photo - A drawing of Muhammad Ali by Robert Stull, 2004
  • Tape: 5 Story: 20 - Photo - Drawing of the 'X-Men' character "Storm" by Robert Stull, 1994
  • Tape: 5 Story: 21 - Photo - "Sensational Spiderman" cover art by Robert Stull, ca. 2000