Pretty tight. Sometimes looser but usually everything was there but still left a little room for interpretation on the edges. Inking John's work was as much about what not to add as what I did. It was always a discipline in keeping things simple. It's all rather subtle compared to some jobs that I added more finish to. The only way to see a real difference is to compare my inks to others who have inked his work, including himself. I really should post pencils sometime, but I just saw that John has a small scan of the pencils for this page on his site- [link]
Oh, wow, those are pretty tight pencils. If that comic was published today I could see them possibly just going straight from pencils to colors. I'm glad they didn't do that though. I just wondered how much of your artistic style gets to come through in the inks. Some inkers are like finishers and they are expected to have the finished page look like the love-child of the penciller and them. Is that way you did for the Supergirl New 52 comic? You mentioned that Mahmud Asrar did the "pencil breakdowns", so did he just do rough thumbnails?
Possibly, though that would have taken more work for John to keep it all that tight for a whole issue. Given the time he would just ink it himself.
As an inker I've worked many ways and with pencils at different stages from very tight to very loose layouts. With Mahmud he did pencil breakdowns. Good drawing but everything was just done in outline leaving the lighting and any final rendering up to me.