For the U.S. Representative from Minnesota, see Rich T. Buckler.

Template:Infobox comics creator 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, with writer Doug Moench, co-creating the character Deathlok in Astonishing Tales #25.Deathlok was a unique creation-about a soldier turned monsterous cyborg,who talked his computer and hated death locked situation.The book began confusing and never got off the ground during it's short run.Several attempts to Marvelize it and update it has done-with little critical or fan press approval. Buckler has drawn virtually every major character at Marvel and DC, often as a cover artist.


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.

When given the chance in 1974 to draw The Fantastic Four, Buckler fulfilled a decade-long dream;[2] he stayed on the title for two years. During this period, Buckler was known as well for his original creation, Deathlok. Other notable work from this period includes his collaboration with writer Don McGregor on the acclaimed Black Panther series in Jungle Action. Also during this period, Buckler hired the young George Pérez as his studio assistant.[3]

At DC in the early 1980s, he helped Roy Thomas launch All-Star Squadron. In the mid-1980s he returned to the company and had a short but memorable run on the title Spectacular Spider-Man with writer Peter David, where they produced the "Death of Jean DeWolff" storyline. He also served as editor for a short-lived line of comics by Solson Publications, where in 1987 he created Reagan's Raiders.[4] Around that time, Buckler worked for Archie Comics when that publisher briefly revived its superhero line of books.

He is the author of two books: How to Become a Comic Book Artist and How to Draw Superheroes.


Buckler has a dubious reputation as one comics' top "swipe" artists,[5] with his early work in particular filled with "homages" to artists like Jack Kirby,[6] John Buscema, and Neal Adams.[7] After being publicly accused of the practice by The Comics Journal in the early 1980s,[8] Buckler denied the charges[9] and sued the magazine for libel;[10] he later dropped the suit.[11].Some fans approved of this-since gave certain comics a similar feel older material,while others didn't and felt it was cheating.Strangely enough,other artist have also swipped others are Rob Liefeld of instance and many Kirby imatators-John Byrne,Walt Simonson-but they also redrew much of the copied material,to make the work their own and not simply swipping.


Comics work (interior pencil art) includes:



Other PublishersEdit

  • Creepy #36, 38, 75 (Warren)
  • Eerie #29 (Warren)
  • Hybrids #3-4 (Continuity)


  1. Thompson, Maggie and Miller, John Jackson. "Comics Industry Birthdays," CBGXtra Forum, Comic Buyer's Guide (June 10, 2005). Accessed Mar. 19, 2009.
  2. Thomas, Roy. "Marvel Bullpen Bulletins," Marvel comics cover-dated January 1974.
  3. O'Neill, Patrick Daniel. "Career Moves" (interview with George Pérez), Wizard Magazine #35 (July 1994).
  4. Reagan's Raiders at Don Markstein's Toonopedia
  5. Cooke, Jon B. "Dan Adkins' Strange Tales: The Artist on his Visits to the World of Wood and the House of Ideas," Comic Book Artist Collection (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2005), p. 42.
  6. O'Neill, Patrick Daniel. "Career Moves" (interview with George Pérez), Wizard Magazine #35 (July 1994):Template:Blockquote
  7. Gillis, Peter B. Letter about Rich Buckler swipes, The Comics Journal #45 (March 1979), pp. 22.
  8. "Plagiarism: Rich Buckler Signs his Name to Jack Kirby's Work," The Comics Journal #83 (Aug. 1983), pp. 33-35.
  9. "Rich Buckler Answers His Critics," The Comics Journal #86 (November 1983), pp. 28-31.
  10. "Rich Buckler Sues Comics Journal and two of its Writers for Libel," The Comics Journal #88 (Jan. 1984), p. 13.
  11. "Buckler Drops Comics Journal Libel Suit," The Comics Journal #93 (Sept. 1984), pp. 11-12.


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