Ol' Groove just hadda pick Tom Palmer to kick this department off. Palmer's inks over Adams in X-Men and Inhumans (in Amazing Adventures), as well as his inks over Adams and the Brothers Buscema (John and Sal, natch) in the Avengers, plus his work on Gene Colan in Daredevil and Dr. Strange made Tom my first "favorite inker". His slick, dark, moody style made the Marvel Universe more real to me than any other inker's work during my "formative fan years".
|Neal Adams pencils from X-Men #57|
|That's right--Don Heck pencils, baby! From X-Men #64|
|Sal Buscema from Avengers #78|
|John Buscema from Avengers #82|
|Neal Adams from Avengers #93|
|Big John from Avengers #94|
|Adams from Amazing Adventures #5|
|Gene Colan from Doctor Strange #180|
|More Colan from Daredevil #86|
As the Groovy Age trucked on, Tom found a permanent home on Tomb of Dracula, working with writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan for what had to be better than 90% of that highly acclaimed mag's run.
|Gene the Dean from Tomb of Dracula #50|
Still, he found time to work on a variety of Marvel projects. Nova, Thor, Conan, Howard the Duck, and even Star Wars enjoyed some fine Palmer rendering.
|Our Pal Sal from Nova #4|
|Big John from Conan the Barbarian #54|
|Howard Chaykin pencils from Star Wars #8|
According to the Grand Comics Database, Palmer inked somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 stories during the Groovy Age, and he's still going strong. Over 2,200 entries in the GCD with no end in sight! Keep on truckin', Tom!