Bob Smith (comics)

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Bob Smith inks on Gene Colan pencil art for Night Force #8 (March 1983). Enlarge to see details, such as delicate lines for auto headlights glowing at bottom.

Robert Allen Smith (b. November 18, 1951), better known as Bob Smith, is an American comic book artist, notable as an inker with DC Comics and Archie Comics.

Born in Aberdeen, Washington, Smith grew up in Grayland, Washington. After studies at Grays Harbor College, a community college in Aberdeen, he graduated in 1974 from Western Washington State College (now Western Washington University), where he took courses in drawing and painting. After Smith became interested in comic books in 1971, he contributed to Mike Friedrich's Star Reach, published from 1974 to 1979.[1]

DC Comics[edit]

Shortly after relocating in New York in 1975, Smith entered mainstream comics with DC's Plastic Man, continuing his art education at the Art Students League. From 1982 to 1987, he shared a studio with artist Batton Lash at 225 Lafayette Street, chosen because it is a comics historic address, the location of EC Comics in the 1950s.[1]

He worked for DC until 2001, inking numerous titles, including Star Trek, Secrets of Haunted House, Green Lantern, The Huntress, Who's Who in the DC Universe, Detective Comics and Black Canary, while also working on DC style guides and other items for Joe Orlando's Special Projects Department.[1][2]

Archie Comics[edit]

Smith drew cartoon features for Crazy Magazine, and he also did work at Continuity Associates. In 1998, he began inking many titles published by Archie Comics, usually collaborating with Stan Goldberg, and also inking the Archie daily and Sunday strips. Living in Covington, Washington, he continues to embellish pages for Archie Comics.[2][3]

Comic strip[edit]

Distributed by the Creators Syndicate, the Archie comic strip is written by Craig Boldman, pencilled by Fernando Ruiz, lettered by Jon D’Agostino and inked by Bob Smith.


  • Uslan, Michael, Stan Goldberg and Bob Smith. Archie Marries. Abrams ComicArts, 2010. Double die-cut slipcased edition collects seven issues of the Archie Marries Veronica/Archie Marries Betty comic book series with added bonus features.
  • Uslan, Michael, Stan Goldberg and Bob Smith. The Archie Wedding: Archie in Will You Marry Me? Archie Comics, 2010. Paperback.


  1. ^ a b c Bryan D. Stroud interview with Bob Smith
  2. ^ a b Bellingham Comicon: Bob Smith
  3. ^ "Bob Smith". Facebook. Retrieved 4 October 2015.  External link in |website= (help)

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