John Buscema was one of the most important artists at Marvel Comics for decades. He produced gorgeous pencils for some of the most iconic characters at the House of Ideas, including The Avengers, Conan, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man and many more. But he is perhaps most acclaimed for his stunning rendition of the noble Silver Surfer, beginning with the very first issue of his own!
This Artist's Edition includes Silver Surfer classics #5 and #6, both double-sized issues, as well a story from #8, and covers #1, 2, 9, 10 and an unpublished variant of #2! All done with the full endorsement and cooperation of the Buscema family. Buscema's long career began in the 1950s at Dell Comics and at Classics Illustrated. He came on board Marvel and created the "house style" other artists were asked to emulate, after they began moving away from doing the same with Jack Kirby's style just before.
Buscema's smooth, finely detailed work brought back a realism to character anatomy, and it humanized the superheroes of Marvel in the late 1960s, the '70s and '80s. His work on The Avengers stands out for me. Nothing fancy, nothing over the top, just beautifully delineated action and figure work, much like Russ Manning was doing on Magnus Robot Fighter and on Tarzan.
Inkers here include Sal Buscema and Dan Adkins on the stories, and Joe Sinnott, Sal Buscema, Dan Adkins and Chick Stone on the covers. Here are John Buscema's amazing renditions of The Surfer, straight from his origin and guest appearances in The Fantastic Four and into his own, highly philosophical title that Stan clearly loved to write, so different as it was from all the other costumed characters of the period. Here he battles Mephisto, meets Spider-Man, escapes his forced exile on earth only to find his home planet a vast wasteland of strange, dumb brutes...and more, of course!