Remembering Comic Book Creator John Buscema on His Birthday, December 11
If you were to ask long time comic book fans to put together a Mount Rushmore of comic book artists, one of the names I am confident you’d hear repeatedly is John Buscema. Buscema was born December 11, 1927, and we were fortunate enough to have him work prolifically until his final days, passing away January 10, 2002. In those 74 years, John Buscema turned out a body of work still admired by fans and professionals alike.
John Buscema was born in Brooklyn, NY, and along with his brother Sal Buscema, would become a staple at Marvel Comics for much of his adult life. He originally worked for Marvel’s predecessor, Timely Comics. However, it was his time at Marvel that really sparked his creativity and artistic inspiration.
Illustrating for some of Marvel’s most popular titles, Mr. Buscema would make a name for himself with long runs on titles such as The Avengers, Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer. Stan Lee was so taken by John Buscema’s work, he selected him to illustrate the universally praised How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. Still, if there was one character I’d say is most associated with John Buscema’s work, I’d say it was Conan the Barbarian. Buscema worked on as many Conan projects as he could, including: Conan the Barbarian, The Conan Movie Special, King Conan, Savage Sword of Conan, and numerous other graphic novels, mini-series and one-shots.
Today is the day we remember and celebrate one of the true greats of this wonderful medium. John Buscema was a titan in the history of comic book artists. He was a master of his craft and a true legend. We welcome you to help us remember his works by posting your favorite titles and issues in the comments section below.
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