The Bronze Age stalwart has died at the age of 68.
The news came down yesterday that Rich Buckler, co-creator of Deathlok and prolific Bronze Age artist, had died.
Everyone seems to have their favorite Buckler work and mine’s easy to pick: DC Comics Presents #33 and #34, a Superman/Captain Marvel team-up written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas. It’s a wonderfully entertaining 2-parter and to this day, when I think of non-C.C. Beck Captain Marvel, I think of Buckler’s handsome version, with his pug nose, thick eyebrows and wavy hair. (It’s a bonus that he drew the team-up in the All New Collectors’ Edition treasury, too.)
For others, Deathlok (whom he created with Doug Moench), All-Star Squadron or Fantastic Four top the list. That’s not to mention the dozens of other titles and characters he worked on.
So here’s our 13 COVERS tribute. It’s highly subjective, with my own favorites stocking the list. Feel free to add yours in the comments below or in whichever social-media thread you found this.
Cover images and credits from the slick Grand Comics Database.