Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Black and White Wednesday: The Savage Pencil of Buscema

Ol' Groove has not been giving the late, great John Buscema the attention he deserves, and I plan on rectifying that sitch--beginning right now! Here are some portfolio pieces, inside covers, and even an interview from various issues of Savage Sword of Conan that show why Big John was perhaps the most admired Marvel artist of the Groovy Age!

First up, from Savage Sword of Conan #19 (April 1977), here's "The Buscema Barbarians"!

A couple more portfolio pieces from SSoC #'s 15-16 (December 1976-January 1977)...

...and the far-out frontispiece from SSoC #17 (February 1977)!

For a clincher, dig this awe-inspiring interview from SSoC #15!

More Big John to come, Groove-ophiles! Pax!


  1. Crom! I'm sure I don't need to tell you how I feel about this post!

    Great stuff!

  2. Crom! Is right! I'm collecting art from Marvel Preview magazine#9. The Man-God issue, which is credited to Rich Buckler as the penciler & Tony DeZuniga as the inker. We'll I've found out by e-mail Rich Buckler himself & Roy Thomas. That Rich only drew the first 3-5 pages. According to Roy Thomas who wrote this adaptation. Said the roughs/pencils were done by none other than Big John Buscema!! So I hit the roof! So I now have 16 of the 52 pages! Only 36 more to go. Anyone who sees/owns or knows anyone with these pages for sale or not. I'd greatly appreciate hearing from you! Hey Groovy one thanks for yet another awesome post! Mike



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