Revered artist Rich Buckler, known for this work throughout the '70s and '80s at Marvel and DC Comics, died Friday at the age of 68 after a long-fought battle with cancer. The news was confirmed by friends and family, in addition to his former collaborator and editor at Marvel, Roy Thomas.
Known for his work on titles such as Fantastic Four, Astonishing Tales, Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane and Jonah Hex, Buckler also co-created the popular Marvel character Deathlok (who first appeared in 1974's Astonishing Tales #25) and the DC Comics super-team All-Star Squadron.
One of Buckler's first-published comics works was 1968's Flash Gordon #10 published by King Features. He later contributed to the Black Panther-centric title Jungle Action with writer Don McGregor, before his two-year stint as regular artist on Fantastic Four, beginning in 1974. Buckler is also known for his work alongside Peter David on the "Death of Jean DeWolff" storyline -- which is often considered one of the greatest Spider-Man comics of all time -- in Spectacular Spider-Man.
Buckler is among the artists who influenced the legendary George Perez, who was Buckler's studio assistant and broke into comics in 1973.
(via Bleeding Cool)