Thursday, April 16, 2009

Profile Antics: Rich Buckler

Rich Buckler has been working in the comics field since the early 1970s. In his early years at Marvel, he was known for his work on The Fantastic Four as well as his own original creation, Deathlok in Astonishing Tales #25. Buckler has drawn virtually every major character at Marvel and DC, often as a cover artist. Other notable work includes his collaboration with writer Don McGregor on the acclaimed 1970s Black Panther series in Jungle Action.

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, November 1967.

At DC in the early-80s, he helped Roy Thomas launch All-Star Squadron. In the mid-1980s he returned to Marvel and had a short but memorable run on the title Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man with writer Peter David, where they produced the "Death of Jean DeWolff" storyline. He is the author of two books: How to Become a Comic Book Artist and How to Draw Superheroes.

Although I've done an occasional Profile Antics feature, I was inspired by my pal Wayne (who has been posting profiles of some of his favorite artists over at this link) and I thought that it was a good enough idea to mimic. Since I have virtually run out of 1970's Flashback subjects (and while I am in the process of compiling plenty of 1980's Flashbacks), I will be putting up Profile Antics featurettes for those great illustrators who I enjoy, respect and love.

Head's up: Tomorrow's "Gal" Friday selection has come down to either an iconic porn queen who sadly passed away this week or another "comic book femme fatale" who tends to run around disrobed. I'll have to sleep on which "gal" gets the nod this time around [and I wish that I meant that literally; with respect to the departed].

I also will be putting up Rayboy's Reviews for two current DC Comics books that I finally got around to buying and reading. Check back here on Friday....if you're curious. Ciao!

1 comment:

Booksteve said...

First Buckler story I ever noticed was a ROBIN solo tale at DC circa 1970. His chameleon-like ability to adapt to others' styles served him well but caused his own style to become rather surpressed. Still, with rare but notable exception, one could expect enjoyable work where Buckler's name was involved! Nice little profile.