|Artwork by Big John Buscema|
Well, that's a lie for a start. There was absolutely nothing bad about
JOHN BUSCEMA - or his art. He was one of the very few artists to adapt
the principles of JACK KIRBY's power-packed storytelling into his own
and perhaps even eclipse Kirby to some extent with the result.
Of course, by the time Buscema was coming into his own, Jack was
somewhat in decline, due in part to an enforced reduction in the size at
which he drew (which affected the look of his finished pages) and also
dissatisfaction at what he saw as not being accorded his due at MARVEL
COMICS, both in terms of credit and financial renumeration. Can anybody
really blame him if his heart wasn't really in it to the same degreee as
had once been the case?
Nobody has ever really topped Kirby when he was at the height of his
powers, but that was hardly the case when he was about to jump ship to
DC COMICS, or when he returned to Marvel a few years later. Buscema
was Jack's natural heir, so enjoy the above illustration by Big John from
around the mid-to-late '70s.