As any regular readers of this column doubtlessly know, I am a huge fan of Big John Buscema. We are coming up on the 13th anniversary of his passing on January 10th, and I have been looking through some of my collection at different periods of his creativity. My absolute favorite period is the late 60’s to early 70’s.His classic early run on the Avengers, The Silver Surfer and Sub-Mariner come to mind.
There was no character he didn’t tackle and leave his mark on. I can’t think of one that he didn’t bring to life that didn’t benefit from his hand. And speaking of hands, no one drew more expressive hands than Big John. Odd topic perhaps, but I bet that all of you Silver Age fans know exactly what I am talking about. I bet you can even see in your mind’s eye a particular image that remains in your mind’s eye, as a direct result of his expressive hands.
I am not going to start listing them off! I want to hear from you on this and I will put them together for a future column, so send me your favorite “hands” images. I will leave you with one however.
Now it’s your turn. This single page from Silver Surfer # 6 has four panels that are perfect examples of what I am talking about! There is more life and unspoken words in these four panels than almost every Wednesdays worth of new deliveries at your local comic shop! Why is that? I know I am old school, unapologetic about it too, but it is very hard to find excellent storytelling anymore. There are a lot of bold, garishly coloured, T&A in today’s books but storytelling? Not that many out there. Certainly not by the Big Two anyway.
But that is a topic which I will get into another time.
Right now, let’s celebrate the great John Buscema! Arguably one of the greatest artists to ever grace the pages of the four colour universe….Hands down!
Continued Happy Collecting!