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Robert Stull

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.

Accession Number

A2005.029

Sex

Male

Interview Date

1/28/2005

Last Name

Stull

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
Schools

Pierce Elementary School

Brookline High School

School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts

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First Name

Robert

Birth City, State, Country

Boston

HM ID

STU02

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Massachusetts

Favorite Vacation Destination

Bahamas

Favorite Quote

Never give a person any reason to deny you anything.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

2/2/1967

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Boston

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Chicken, Fish

Short Description

Comic book artist Robert Stull (1967 - ) worked for every major publisher in the comic book industry. Stull was also the creator and curator of Sequential Art: The Next Step, the first ever gathering of African American comic book artists, and was the co-founder of Armanda Design Group, a New York based studio, whose mission was to fuse together comic books and hip-hop.

Favorite Color

Black

DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robert Stull interview

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