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#483465 - 01/10/02 10:28 PM John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Big O Offline
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We have been asked by the family of John Buscema to announce the sad news that John passed away today; Thursday,January 10.

Those people living in the New York City area can find information about the funeral services by visting the Official John Buscema Website at...

And anybody who would like to send their condolences to the Buscema family or share their thoughts & feelings about Big John & his artwork can do so by writing to...

We will forward all the e-mails we recieve to John's family at a later date.

On a personal note..I'd just like to tell folks out there who enjoyed John's work but never got the chance to meet him in person..John Buscema was not only a brillant draftsman...he was also a really great guy...and he will be missed dearly by those that knew him & loved his artwork.



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#483466 - 01/10/02 10:42 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
JohnEWIlliams Offline

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Loc: Virginia, USA
Ah, crap.

#483467 - 01/11/02 12:02 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
henrythehorseofcourse Offline

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Posts: 57
Loc: bos
Big John will be missed, he was a true Avenger; and a great guy I am so glad I got to meet him at the SDCC, he was affable and funny, a bit "grumpy" but in a true grandfatherly way. When my friend (the Cuban Missle Joe Tages) asked him to do a sketch his response was, "I forgot how to draw!" Classic. God bless John (and his family). HH

#483468 - 01/11/02 12:19 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Sir Tim Drake Offline

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There are never any words, are there? Big John's death is shocking and saddening.

A few months ago, someone claimed that Big John was terminally ill. When it turned out that he was actually fine, I breathed a figurative sigh of relief. This hoax, nasty as it was, had given me a rare opportunity to appreciate Big John's life and work while he was still alive; too many great artists don't get the respect they deserve until after they've left us. At that time, though, I thought John would be with us for some time to come.

That's one reason why this news is particularly depressing. Another reason, of course, is that John was simply one of the best there has ever been. Even though he was forced to comply to Kirby's style, John Buscema was one of the best artists in Marvel's bullpen. I never had the honor of meeting him, but I'll miss him.
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#483469 - 01/11/02 12:20 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
metron Offline

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John was a first class artist. I greatly enjoyed the John Buscema Sketchbook from Vanguard. He also was a fine western artist, as a perusal of the Roy Rogers reprints from AC Comics will attest. I never met the man, but I appreciated his talent. Best wishes and condolences to the Buscema family.
Allen Smith

#483470 - 01/11/02 12:35 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Dan20 Offline

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 1217
Loc: Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
Seriously? Oh, man. I didn't hear this on any news sites yet....took me by surprise.
My condolences. I don't have much of Buscema's work, but he certainly won't be forgotten.

#483471 - 01/11/02 12:42 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
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Loc: Albany, NY

there are no words, except, thanks for everything, John.

#483472 - 01/11/02 01:50 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
fumetti Offline

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Posts: 922
This is hard to take.

For my nickel, he was the greatest of all time.

Nobody could do it all like Big John. From bombastic epics to tender romance, he was a master of every aspect.

John never got the accolades he deserved, and that's a shame. This past decade, the industry has thrown fame and fortune at any rookie who could halfway hold a pencil. John was ten times the artist any of them ever dreamed to be.

He was a hero to me. And I will miss him very much.

#483473 - 01/11/02 07:18 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Michael D. Offline

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This sucks beyond all sucking.

Was there anything finer than a Busema-drawn Silver Surfer? I think not.

My thoughts are with his family...

#483474 - 01/11/02 08:15 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Jason Arnett Offline

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Loc: Lawrence, KS USA
When I was a kid I picked up comics for the artists. Until my teens I was generally fooled by the guys who imitated Buscema, but as I becamee discerning, I noticed that John had a style all his own. One of my missions at SDCC this year was meeting the man and asking him to sign my copy of How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. I managed to do that, and found him to be every bit the gentleman I hoped he might be. I shook his hand and thanked him for all his work while he signed my book. I loved his Conan issues the most, but his Silver Surfer and Fantastic Four work was also beyond compare.

I remember there was a Marvel Big Puzzle Book or something like that where they'd asked popular Marvel artists to draw the characters they were most associated with blindfolded. John's Conan, standing with a sword in his hand if I remember rightly, was pretty damn good. Most of the other were good, too, but this one stood out as a complete figure.

I have missed seeing Big John Buscema in the credits of comic books on a regular basis. He enriched my life with his drawings, and I'm sure that he enriched the lives of people he knew far more. My condolences to his family and friends.

Damn. What a way to start the day.

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#483475 - 01/11/02 08:40 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
MarcDeering Offline

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--You've Been Warned--

Grim Reaper, I'm calling your punk ass out!
You bitch-maid, motherfucker, sonofabitch, cocksucking, grandmother-raping, ASSHOLE!

You took from us one of the GREATEST illustrators to ever grace the pages of a comic book. And a tremendous influence to me, personally!

I'm telling you now, GR, STOP while your ahead. This saddens me more than any of you could know.

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#483476 - 01/11/02 10:15 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
krisstacks Offline

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How come heaven is getting all the good comics?

..My condolences to the Buscema family.
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#483477 - 01/11/02 10:20 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
dylan_dup1 Offline

Registered: 06/11/01
Posts: 2071
Bad news; he was one of the best and was in good spirits last summer in San Diego. It's a sad day in the comics world--his art will live on.

#483478 - 01/11/02 10:54 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Matt Hawes Offline

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Very truly, one of the best. He influenced so many, that there may be some unaware that they were influenced by his work. As others have stated, and it is most definitely correct, Mr. Buscema's art, along with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and John RomitaSr., Marvel comics' "look."
From "Avengers" to "Conan, The Barbarian" to "Wolverine" and beyond, John Buscema wasn't only a fine draftsman, he was one of the best action/adventure artists ever in the business. He will be missed more than he probably ever thought.

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#483479 - 01/11/02 11:17 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Paul L Offline
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This is very sad news. This week I've been reading "The Essential Silver Surfer" which reprints the complete series in black and white. I said to myself while reading, "I don't know if there has EVER been an artist more well matched to the subject matter than John Buscema is to the Silver Surfer". Could any other artist have portrayed the majesty and sorrow of Norrin Radd like Buscema did? Flip through these books again and look at each pose and facial expression of the Silver Surfer... none of them are the same, each one possessing a unique view of the character. He continually came up with new ways for the character to express himself through body language. John Buscema was without a doubt one of the greatest artists that have ever touched the comic art form. I tend to think he may have been an underrated one as well. Rest in peace, John... you deserve it.

#483480 - 01/11/02 12:12 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
geedis Offline

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I'm bummed. He was one of my all-time favorites. Right up there with Kirby and Ditko, he was a REASON to read Marvel comics.

No one could show action like he could. That fella could pack more motion in a drawing of two people sitting and talking than most artists could put into an entire fight scene.

Looks like a weekend of old JB comics, George Harrison CDs, and a bottle of booze to toast departed friends.

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#483481 - 01/11/02 01:27 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Oscar Offline

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Loc: Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Good bye John. We'll miss you.

#483482 - 01/11/02 01:58 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Joe Tages Offline
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Damn, I'm at a loss for words here.

John was a legend in his own lifetime. We knew he wasn't doing well, so this is not unexpected. But, still...

Last week, I spent a couple of nights re-reading John's Vision-era Avengers stuff.
Man, was he good!!!

I was proud to meet him at San Diego last year.

May he rest in peace, and my condolences to his family.

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#483483 - 01/11/02 04:19 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Lew Stringer Offline

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This is very sad news indeed.

I had the privilege of being a guest with John and several others at the Raptus comics festival in Norway in 1999. It was truly an honour to meet him - a childhood hero. We all went out for a meal one night and John and Sergio AragonÚs had us falling about with laughter at their banter.

Although I only met him that one weekend, and can only count him as an aquaintance, not as a friend (I didn't get to know him that well) I found he had a very level-headed attitude to the business. I don't think he was the sort to suffer fools gladly, - and there are a lot of fools in this industry, - but he had a very professional approach.

John's Avengers and Fantastic Fours were among my favourite comics when I was a kid. I had a poster featuring Marvel superheroes that he drew on my wall for years. His powerful artwork ranked alongside Jack Kirby's in my opinion. He was, and always will be, one of the greats.

#483484 - 01/11/02 05:23 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Dave Knott Offline

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Terrible, terrible news.

Big John was one of the artistic cornerstones of the Marvel Bullpen.
I can't imagine what comics such as Avengers, Thor and Silver Surfer would be like today without his contributions.

The comics industry has lost a giant.

R.I.P. man,

#483485 - 01/11/02 07:57 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Howard Offline

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No, no, no...

Ah, god...
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#483486 - 01/11/02 09:29 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
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He did great work. His Avengers and Conan work--loved it. How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way was a great inspiration for me to pursue drawing and it helped with other things like sculpting. Good basic lesson for heroic proportions.


#483487 - 01/11/02 09:46 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Jamie Coville Offline

Registered: 01/23/99
Posts: 660
John was one of my favorite pencilers at Marvel as well. Very sad to hear that he's gone, it took me by surprise. Condolences to those that had the pleasure of knowing him. Here's hoping when I die I'll have a large stack of John Buscema drawn comics waiting for me.

That would be heaven.

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#483488 - 01/12/02 08:32 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Donster Offline

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I found out the news last night when I called my friend Owen, the originator of this thread and (co-)keeper of the Official John Buscema site. Wasn't a shock considering John's health but still saddening.

I got to meet John at a con in Toronto and thought he was gruff in a lovable funny way - a bit of a Santa Claus like character, who gave us all the gift of his gifted talent over the years through his work in comics. When I finally got a copy of How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, it was like a bible to me. John was one of my all time favorite artists especially for his work on Avengers, Silver Surfer and the too short stint he did on Tarzan.

John Buscema's work was considered the Marvel house style for a while after Jack Kirby, but his art will continue to inspire readers and influence artists for years to come.

#483489 - 01/12/02 09:34 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Michael Greczek Offline

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He was as great as Kirby. From a visual point-of-view, I thought he went beyond Kirby. From Conan to the Surfer to the Avengers, he never gave you the same pose. It was always new and fresh. His layouts were incomparable. He didn't create a legion of characters like Kirby did. That was the only difference between the men.

As a professional, Buscema was the equal of anybody : always on time and always first-rate.

In comics history, he will be remembered most as the definitive Conan artist. His style influenced producers in their choice of Schwarzenegger for the title role.

But to me, he is first and foremost THE Avengers artist. His greatest run was his 80's work, inked brilliantly by the great Tom Palmer.

Goodbye John. We'll miss you. We are all lessened by your absence.

Avengers Assemble !!

#483490 - 01/12/02 10:31 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
ScottR Offline

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He was my hero. I might not have gotten as excited about comics if it hadn't been for my indruction to his stint on Savage Sword Of Conan. A lot of people recognize his work from Avengers etc, but his Conan work was just beautiful. John Buscema was a giant among cartoonists. No, scratch that. The man truly deserved the title of 'Illustrator'. The comic artform will be diminished in his absence.

#483491 - 01/12/02 12:37 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Samuel Catalino Offline

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I met him for the first and only time in last years' San Diego Con.

It was a brief time I spent chatting with him, but one thing that could be said about him, is that he was full of passion and I believe it showed in his work.

I am glad I got to tell him how much I enjoyed his work while he was here.

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#483492 - 01/13/02 02:13 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
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Awful news. [img]/resources/ubb/frown.gif[/img]

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#483493 - 01/13/02 09:12 AM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Sam Edmisten Offline

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Loc: Patterson, NC-USA
I'm heartbroken...
It was Buscema's work on Savage Sword of Conan that made me want to be a comic creator.
As far as I'm concerned he was the finest storyteller to ever work in the industry.
He will be sorely missed.

Sam Edmisten
"No more wire hangers...Ever!"
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#483494 - 01/15/02 03:35 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
one_eye_smiley Offline

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Loc: Citrus Heights, CA
I just found out from this board yesterday that Mr. Buscema is dead. To me, no crying smilies or rounds of profanity I could put here seem adequate to convey the loss. Not even this stupid post.

John Buscema *defined* some of the key parts of Marvel's silver age. Try imagining the Avengers without his art. Would the classic scene where we learn "Even an android...can cry" have held *half* its poignancy without his magnificent full page spread of it? Could the Silver Surfer have been as memorable without his classic rendering of "Faster! Faster! The Overlord would sup!" sequence? The answer is, of course, "Hell no!" And I'm only including two of *many* career highlights here. His Conan work defined the character for years to come.

He will be missed. What else can be said?
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#483495 - 01/28/02 01:47 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
stephen Offline

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Posts: 1878
Loc: Toronto
I'm mostly just bumping this up for another poster who appears to have caught the sad news recently.
Entropy- entropy- all winds down...

#483496 - 01/29/02 05:57 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
LordSunder Offline

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There truly are no words to express my grief.

My condolences to his family.
Truth will prevail!

#483497 - 02/01/02 04:27 PM Re: John Buscema [ 1927-2002]
Alyx Offline
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May he know peace and happiness in whatever place his eternal soul has found itself. God bless and condolonces to his family.
I have spoken.

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