RICH BUCKLER Passes Away At 68

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Credit: Rich Buckler/Joe Sinnott (Marvel Comics)
Credit: Rich Buckler (Marvel Comics)

Artist Rich Buckler passed away Friday May 19, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. Best known for his run on Fantastic Four as well as co-creating Deathlok and the All-Star Squadron, Buckler was memorialized in a tweet Saturday by Marvel Comics.

"Marvel is deeply saddened by the loss of artist Rich Buckler. We offer our condolences to his family, friends, and fans worldwide."

Born February 6, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, Rich Buckler debuted in the comics industry with a four-page short in 1967's Flash Gordon #10 - the artist was 18. He bounced around DC and Marvel for seven years before landing what became a two-year run on Fantastic Four. Around this same time, he and Doug Moench created Deathlok for Marvel's Astonishing Tales #25.

In 1981, Buckler and Roy Thomas created a World War II-era superteam for DC called the All-Star Squadron for Justice League of America, and it soon graduated to its own title.

In 1983, Buckler helped Archie Comics relaunch its Red Circle superhero line, but returned to Marvel soon after to draw the memorable "The Death of Jean DeWolff" storyline in The Spectacular Spider-Man.

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