Saturday, November 22, 2014

News Flash: New Rich Buckler Retrospective Coming Your Way

Doug: Happy Weekend, everyone! This evening we were contacted by Clifford Meth via Twitter. Some of you may know Clifford as the agent for the personal collection of Dave Cockrum. Clifford has many friends in the comics industry, and wrote asking us to give a plug for a new book about Rich Buckler. You can see Clifford's original post at his own blog, but I am reproducing it here for our very own Bronze Age Babies. I am going to get in on this, and wanted our readers to have the opportunity as well. Here's Clifford's text:

Clifford Meth: I've been pleased to know artist Rich Buckler for decades and was happy to recently help renegotiate his contract with Marvel Comics for genuine participation in the Deathlok character that he created.

When I was young, Rich drew some of my favorite books including Fantastic Four, where he was handpicked to follow John Buscema, and later The Avengers. Best known for creating as well as writing and illustrating Deathlok (soon to be a major motion picture?), Rich is among a handful of legendary Marvel Bullpen artists who had the opportunity to draw nearly every major Marvel character of the 1970s.

In 2015, Aardwolf Publishing will release Rich Buckler: Artist, Innovator a perfect-bound portfolio of Rich's work with an introduction by Roy Thomas and, I expect, some rare insights from other important professionals. This collection of Rich's impressive drawings will be a limited edition run that's launched with a Kickstarter campaign.

But before we do that, Aardwolf is offering fans the opportunity to order the book now along with special signed/lettered or signed/numbered bookplates from Rich. These bookplates will contain unique head sketches of Marvel and DC characters that Rich has drawn specially for this project. This is a chance for you to own a piece of original Rich Bucker art as well as the rarest iteration of this new book. 

  • Signed/numbered editions of Rich Buckler: Artist, Innovator (only 100 will be produced) including the head sketch by Rich are $45 postage-paid.
  • The Lettered Edition of Rich Buckler: Artist, Innovator (only 26 will be produced), including a head sketch by Rich, is $72 postage-paid.
  • You can also order the book without the original head sketch for only $20.
Orders that need to be shipped outside of the U.S. will require additional postage.

You can request the character of your choice and we will try to accommodate you, but all character head sketches are either Marvel or DC characters, and each one is unique.

We do not have a ship date yet but you can reserve your copy now for just $20 (or by paying in full) by sending your order via PayPal to - Please specify whether you are ordering the numbered or lettered edition.

Doug: So there you have it, kids! See you back here on Monday for another great week of conversation.


Anonymous said...

Thanks to this blog, I just remembered I have a Deathlok action figure!
I might have to dig that guy out and give him an appropriate place of honor on my mantle. mp

Edo Bosnar said...

Not really interested in this book (way out of my price range). However, the timing of this post is quite apposite: just about 2 days ago, my copy of "Deathlok: Origins" arrived in the mail. It's one of those inexpensive Panini digests that collects the original Deathlok stories from Astonishing Tales (except for issue #36 - grrr). After spending years trying to score an inexpensive copy of the Masterworks volume, and being frustrated over the still quite expensive Complete Collection that was recently published, this is just what the doctor ordered.
I'm a bit put off that the material is broken up into two books, but it's still cheaper than any of the alternatives.

Doug said...

By the way, Edo, I see that Amazon sells those Panini digests. Are they in color? What's the paper quality like?

I am curious...

Thanks for any info.


Edo Bosnar said...

Doug, they are indeed in full color, and the paper quality is very good - the same type that's used in "normal" size tpbs.
Really, the only difference is that they're smaller, although not as small as those digests we remember from the 1970s and '80s.
I know the smaller format is off-putting to many, but for me this was a really inexpensive way to obtain not only the Deathlok material I mentioned above, but also a whole bunch of Avengers (3 digests that collect everything from just before the Bride of Ultron story to Nights of Wundagore), Iron Man (Demon in a Bottle and Armor Wars), and the complete X-men: The Hidden Years, and a few others.

By the way, I ordered all of these from the Book Depository, which offers discounts just like Amazon but does not charge anything for shipping regardless of the destination (a real plus for me, obviously). On average, I paid about $8-$9 for most of these, although a few were as cheap as about $5.

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