Legendary Artist John Buscema Dies

Photo courtesy The Official John Buscema Web site.

Artist John Buscema, best known for decades worth of work for Marvel Comics, died Thursday, January 10 of stomach cancer. He was 74.

Buscema began his comics career at Timely Comics (later Marvel) in 1948 and worked in the industry on a number of titles until going into semi-retirement in 1996. DC Comics published his most recent work, "Just Imagine Stan Lee with John Buscema Creating Superman" in September, and Buscema reportedly had finished penciling another project for the company a few weeks before his death. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2001.

Buscema's career spanned everything from western comics to superheroes to gritty action stories, everything from the classic iconic characters to quirky books like the surreal (although critically well-received) 1994 "Archie versus the Punisher" special.

According to the John Buscema Official Website and Trading Post, Buscema will be buried Monday in East Setauket, New York. New York area fans may contact the Bryant Funeral Home at (631) 413-0082. The site is forwarding e-mailed well wishes and remembrances to Buscema's surviving family sent to the following address: johnbuscema2002@yahoo.com.

The Comic Wire will have more on this story later on Friday.

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