Rich Buckler

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Rich Buckler
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Buckler at the Big Apple Con, November 14, 2008.
Born (1949-02-06) February 6, 1949 (age 65)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller
Pseudonym(s) Ron Validar
Notable works
All-Star Squadron
Astonishing Tales (Deathlok)
Fantastic Four
Superman vs. Shazam!
World's Finest Comics

http://www.richbuckler.com

Rich Buckler (born February 6, 1949)[1] is an American comic book artist and penciller, best known for his work on Marvel Comics' The Fantastic Four in the mid-1970s and for creating the character Deathlok in Astonishing Tales #25. Buckler has drawn virtually every major character at Marvel and DC, often as a cover artist.

Career[edit]

Buckler drawing at the Big Apple Convention, May 21, 2011.

Buckler broke into comics as a teenager with the four-page historical story "Freedom Fighters: Washington Attacks Trenton" in the King Features comic book Flash Gordon #10 (Nov. 1967). At DC Comics, he drew the "Rose and the Thorn: backup stories in Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #117-121 (Dec. 1971-April 1972).[2]

From September 1973 to January 1974, Buckler drew the first three issues of writer Don McGregor's acclaimed Black Panther series in Jungle Action. When given the chance in 1974 to draw the Fantastic Four title, Buckler fulfilled a decade-long dream;[3] he stayed on the title for two years. During this period, Buckler created Deathlok a character which debuted in Astonishing Tales #25 (Aug. 1974).[4] Also during this period, Buckler hired the young George Pérez as his studio assistant.[5]

Buckler collaborated with writer Gerry Conway on a "Superman vs. Shazam!" story published in All-New Collectors' Edition #C-58 (April 1978).[6][7] He drew the Incredible Hulk newspaper strip for approximately six months in 1979.[8] A Justice League story by Conway and Buckler originally intended for All-New Collectors' Edition saw print in Justice League of America #210-212 (January 1983-March 1983).[9][10][11] He and Roy Thomas launched All-Star Squadron with a special insert in Justice League of America #193 (August 1981)[12] which led to the new team's own title the following month.[13] Buckler worked for Archie Comics in 1983-1984, when that publisher briefly revived its Red Circle Comics superhero line and personally recruited Cary Burkett to write the Mighty Crusaders title.[14] In 1985 he returned to Marvel and had a short but memorable run on the title The Spectacular Spider-Man with writer Peter David, where they produced the "The Death of Jean DeWolff" storyline.[15] He also served as editor for a short-lived line of comics by Solson Publications, where in 1987 he created Reagan's Raiders.[16]

He is the author of two books: How to Become a Comic Book Artist[17] and How to Draw Superheroes .[18] In 2010, Comics Bulletin ranked Buckler's collaboration with Don McGregor on Jungle Action third on its list of the "Top 10 1970s Marvels".[19]

Bibliography[edit]

DC[edit]

Marvel[edit]

Other publishers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Cassell, Dewey (May 2013). "A Rose By Any Other Name...Would Be Thorn". Back Issue (TwoMorrows Publishing) (64): 28–32. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Roy. "Bullpen Bulletins," Marvel comics cover-dated January 1974.
  4. ^ Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 166. ISBN 978-0756641238. "Created by artist Rich Buckler and writer Doug Moench, the original Deathlok was Colonel Luther Manning, a soldier in an alternate, post-apocalyptic future." 
  5. ^ O'Neill, Daniel Patrick (July 1994). "Career Moves". Wizard (35). Archived from the original on September 7, 2008. 
  6. ^ Hamerlinck, P.C. (December 2012). "When Worlds Collide The Colossal-Sized Confrontation Between Superman and Captain Marvel". Back Issue (TwoMorrows Publishing) (61): 65–68. 
  7. ^ All-New Collectors' Edition #C-58 at the Grand Comics Database
  8. ^ Cassell, Dewey (February 2014). "Smashing into Syndication: The Incredible Hulk Newspaper Strip". Back Issue (70) (TwoMorrows Publishing). pp. 37–40. 
  9. ^ Justice League of America #210 at the Grand Comics Database
  10. ^ Wells, John (October 24, 1997), "'Lost' DC: The DC Implosion", Comics Buyer's Guide (1249): 132 
  11. ^ Wells, John (December 2012). "The Perils of the DC/Marvel Tabloid Era". Back Issue (TwoMorrows Publishing) (61): 6. 
  12. ^ Catron, Michael (June 1981). "Thomas Revives WWII Superheroes". Amazing Heroes (Fantagraphics Books) (1): 28–30. "All-Star Squadron, DC's new World War II-era superhero series debuts in May in a 16-page preview insert in Justice League of America #193." 
  13. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 195. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "The creative team of writer Roy Thomas and artist Rich Buckler on All-Star Squadron offered readers a nostalgic glimpse back in time, albeit through the slightly distorted lens of Earth-2's history." 
  14. ^ Cobb, Bradley S. (2001). "Cary Burkett Interview". The Mighty Crusaders Network. Archived from the original on June 23, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1980s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. Dorling Kindersley. p. 150. ISBN 978-0756692360. "Revered as one of the finest Spider-Man stories ever told, this four-part saga, written by Peter David and penciled by Rich Buckler, was a decidedly dark tale for the usually lighthearted web-slinger." 
  16. ^ Reagan's Raiders at Don Markstein's Toonopedia
  17. ^ Buckler, Rich (1986). How to Become a Comic Book Artist. Solson. ISBN 0-9615671-1-2. 
  18. ^ Buckler, Rich (1987). How to Draw Super-Heroes. Solson. ISBN 0-9615671-5-5. 
  19. ^ Sacks, Jason (September 6, 2010). "Top 10 1970s Marvels". Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on August 3, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 

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Preceded by
Barry Windsor-Smith
The Avengers artist
1972
Succeeded by
John Buscema
Preceded by
John Buscema
Fantastic Four artist
1974–1976
Succeeded by
George Pérez
Preceded by
José Luis García-López
World's Finest Comics artist
1979–1982
Succeeded by
Trevor Von Eeden
Preceded by
Keith Pollard
Fantastic Four artist
1989
Succeeded by
Walter Simonson