Saturday, February 26, 2011

Making a Splash: "Our Pal" Sal Buscema's Captain America--Round One

Early in the Groovy Age, Captain America ran through a lot of artists. Jack Kirby, Jim Steranko, Gene Colan, and John Romita being the main ones. But beginning with Captain America and the Falcon #146 (November 1971), "Our Pal" Sal Buscema took on the penciling reins and held them for the majority of the rest of the decade. We're gonna celebrate Sal's turn as Cap's definitive Groovy Age artists with a few "Making a Splash" posts beginning with this one. This time out we'll be tackling Sal's "pre-Steve Englehart" issues, Captain America and the Falcon issues 146-152 (May 1972). The majority of these action-epics were written by Gary Friedrich and Gerry Conway. Can you dig it?


  1. Hey Groovster!
    Sal Buscema rocks! Thanks for posting these, I forgot how great Sal's pencils were on our Star Spangled Avenger! Old winghead never looked better! I can't wait to see the next set. I loved the 50's Cap vs real Cap storyline. One of my all time favorites, along with the Nomad: The Man without a country run.

    Hey everybody! Here comes the flag, everyone salute! Gotta love Nick Fury!

  2. Sal oh so definitely rocks. In fact, I would go so far as say that Sal was not only Cap's definitive Groovy Age artists, but one of the definitive artists for Marvel in general during that period. Looking forward to further rounds...

  3. When I started reading Marvel Comics in the early 1970s, Sal Buscema was one of my favorite comic book artists. he was drawing Cap and Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two in One around that time so there was plenty of Sal's art available. Great to see these splash pages.



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