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Sal Buscema

Buscema, from a photo gallery of Marvel Comics staffers published in "Marvel Bullpen Bulletins," comics cover-dated November 1969.
Born Silvio Buscema
January 26, 1936 (1936-01-26) (age 74)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Inker
Notable works Captain America
Incredible Hulk
Spectacular Spider-Man
Spider-Girl

Silvio "Sal" Buscema (born on January 26, 1936,[1] in Brooklyn,[2] New York) is an American comic book artist — primarily for Marvel Comics. He is the younger brother of artist John Buscema. He is also known as "Our Pal Sal" in the language of Marvel Comics' old "Bullpen Bulletins" page.[2][3]

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Education

Buscema grew up as a fan of Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon, Hal Foster's Prince Valiant, Will Eisner's The Spirit, and Jack Kirby's Captain America. Like his older brother John, Buscema attended the High School of Music & Art, graduating in 1955.[2]

Early career

After serving in the Army, where he was classified as an "illustrator," Buscema found work in Washington, D.C. at the Creative Art Studio.

Marvel Comics

Buscema got his start in comic books in 1968 as the inker over the pencils of his older brother John Buscema, on The Avengers and Silver Surfer. Within a year, he was penciling The Avengers, and for the next thirty years, he was one of the most prolific artists at the company. In particular, Buscema is known for stints on Captain America (with writer Steve Englehart), a ten-year run on the Incredible Hulk (with writers Len Wein, Roger Stern and Bill Mantlo), the Defenders (with Wein and Steve Gerber), The Mighty Thor (with Walt Simonson and John Workman) and the various Spider-Man titles (with Gerry Conway and J.M. DeMatteis). From 1988 through 1996 Sal Buscema notably penciled and mostly inked a 100-issue run on the title The Spectacular Spider-Man. Unlike some fellow Silver Age artists, Buscema's style evolved to meet the grittier, sharper-edged look favored beginning in the 1990s.

Buscema usually inked his own work, starting in the late 1970s. In the early 1990s, he returned to inking others' work, again notably over his brother John Buscema's work on an Englehart-scripted run on Fantastic Four. His ability to meet quick deadlines and produce fast work has meant that in addition to his numerous regular titles, he has also pencilled or inked many emergency fill-in issues for Marvel.[2]

Buscema went into semi-retirement in the mid-1990s but returned full-time to comics in the early 21st century. His work in the 2000s includes inking Spider-Girl from issue #59 to issue #100, working with writer Tom DeFalco and penciller Ron Frenz. He has continued to ink the series since it was relaunched with Amazing Spider-Girl # 1.

Personal life

Buscema also acts in local community theatre. He was recognized for his portrayal of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, in which he appeared at the Little Theatre of Alexandria in the summer of 1998.[4]

Selected Bibliography

Interior pencil art includes:

DC Comics

Marvel Comics

References

  1. ^ Thompson, Maggie and Miller, John Jackson. "Comics Industry Birthdays," CBGXtra Forum, Comic Buyer's Guide (June 10, 2005). Accessed Mar. 3, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d "He Renders ROM: 'Our Pal' Sal Buscema," "Space Notes," ROM #6 (Marvel Comics, May 1980).
  3. ^ Reed, Bill. "365 Reasons to Love Comics #128," Comics Should be Good! @ Comic Book Resources (May 8, 2007). Accessed March 3, 2009.
  4. ^ MacDonnell, Clare. "Fit as a Fiddler at Little Theatre," The Catholic Herald (Jan. 1, 1998). Accessed Mar. 9, 2009.

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Preceded by
John Romita, Sr.
Captain America artist
1972–1975
Succeeded by
Frank Robbins
Preceded by
N/A
The Defenders artist
1972–1976
Succeeded by
Keith Giffen
Preceded by
Jim Mooney
Marvel Team-Up artist
1975–1977
Succeeded by
John Byrne
Preceded by
Herb Trimpe
The Incredible Hulk artist
1975–1985
Succeeded by
Mike Mignola
Preceded by
John Buscema
Nova artist
1976–1977
Succeeded by
Carmine Infantino
Preceded by
N/A
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man artist
1976–1978
Succeeded by
Jim Mooney
Preceded by
John Buscema
Captain America artist
1978–1979
Succeeded by
Fred Kida
Preceded by
N/A
Rom Spaceknight artist
1979–1984
Succeeded by
Steve Ditko
Preceded by
Walter Simonson
Thor artist
1986–1987
Succeeded by
Ron Frenz
Preceded by
Cynthia Martin
Spectacular Spider-Man artist
1988–1996
Succeeded by
Luke Ross
Preceded by
Al Williamson
Spider-Girl inker
2003–2006
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
N/A
Amazing Spider-Girl inker
2006–present
Succeeded by
N/A

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