Rich Buckler Memorial Scholarship

$3,067 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 45 people in 13 months
Our friend Rich Buckler was a respected, reliable storyteller who created Deathlok and was a mainstay on the Fantastic Four. He put in solid years at Marvel and DC but, like so many artists, struggled to make a living when the winds shifted at the Big Two. Life is short and art is long. Rich's dedication to his art was primary.

More than once, I stepped in to help Rich, negotiating a new contract for him with Marvel after his Deathlok lawsuit brought him a pitance and effectively ended his relationship with the company. I brought him freelance and commission work where I could and, most recently, published his final art portfolio. Rich was a difficult guy. He'd have been the first to admit that. But his committment to his craft never faltered, even as he struggled with his health and the cancer at the end.

This fund raiser is an opportunity to create a scholarship in Rich's name at the Joe Kubert School of Comic Art. Your contribution of ANY amount is appreciated. Don't be shy about dropping a $1 in the hat--you can even do it anonymously. It adds up... $35 or more will get you a copy of Rich's art portfolio; $100 or more will get you the art portfolio with a piece of original art from Rich, while supplies last.

These last few years were really rough for Rich. Looking back, I wish I'd done more to help. Now I can only do this.

Rest in peace, Rich Buckler. You made great comics and had an army of fans.
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$3,067 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 45 people in 13 months
Created May 20, 2017
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$35
Adam Strom
12 months ago

He was one of the greats in my book.

RM
$35
Robert Myers
12 months ago

Rich Buckler was such an amazing artist. I was shocked to hear of his passing. Condolences to his family and loved ones. I was always impressed by his artistry and his ability to create these brilliant superhero images. In some regard, he always seemed underappreciated despite being a truly top notch penciler. Who can come close to his layouts for Deathlok during his run on Astonishing Tales? The scenes were cinematic and set such a high bar. Even as a supporting player in the Marvel Universe, Deathlok became one of my favorite characters in no small part due Buckler's innovative graphic style. I still remember fondly Secret Society of Super Villains #8, one of the earliest issues I ever got as a kid. Art by Buckler. Opening page with Captain Comet busting into the villains' lair with the pictures of Star Sapphire, Wizard, and Sinestro flying everywhere. Such detail. When I saw the page available over 10 years ago, it took me less than 2 seconds to decide it was worth it and it was the first piece of original art I ever acquired. It's hard to quantify the joy, nostalgic or even in real time, that comic book creators bring to many people's lives through this hobby. Realizing that he is gone, makes me regret never having had the chance to meet him in person and express my appreciation. Nevertheless, I would like to offer the utmost gratitude for his contributions. Your creative impact was tremendous. The world needs more diversions that take us to a happy place. R.I.P. and many thanks for touching our lives with your creative spirit.

MH
$100
Mitch Hallock
13 months ago
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As a lifelong fan, it was an honor to have him as a convention guest. RIP

$100
Mike Lilly
13 months ago

Was always a fan of his work. He'll be missed.

MG
$18
Max Gottfried
13 months ago
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I have fond personal memories of Rich and I in the Bronx during the 1970s.

AS
$10
Adam Strom
13 months ago
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He was one of the greats. I have a ton of his work in my collection, and always got a thrill seeing his name in the credits of any book.

$35
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13 months ago
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