Beloved Marvel and DC Comics artist Rich Buckler, the creator of the character Deathlok, has died at the age of 68.
What was Buckler’s cause of death?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Buckler died “after a long battle with cancer.” Buckler died on May 19, the Hollywood magazine reported, although news of his death broke on May 20.
Fans paid tribute on Twitter, calling Buckler a legend and thanking him for his life’s work. One fan called Buckler the “artist on one of the greatest Spidey stories of all time: The Death of Jean DeWolf.”
Comic book fans shared examples of Buckler’s work on social media in his memory and honor.
Marvel Entertainment confirmed the death on Twitter, writing, “Marvel is deeply saddened by the loss of artist Rich Buckler. We offer our condolences to his family, friends, and fans worldwide.” Deathlock is a character that appears in the Marvel Comic books.
Buckler wrote on Facebook that he was from Detroit, Michigan and lived in New York.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Buckler worked on Marvel Comics’ popular series Fantastic Four in the 1970s and created the character Deathlok in Astonishing Tales.”
Buckler’s last post on Facebook was on April 29.
“Buckler worked on a wide range of titles such as Fantastic Four, Jungle Action, and Astonishing Tales for Marvel, Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane and Jonah Hex for DC, and Mighty Crusaders for Archie,” reported Bleeding Cool.
Bleeding Cool reports that Buckler’s career as a comic artist launched in 1968 “with Flash Gordon #10 in 1968 for publisher King Features.” The site says that Buckler was best remembered, though, for Deathlok, a “reanimated cyborg character” that “first appeared in Astonishing Tales #25 in 1974.”
Wrote one fan on Twitter, echoing others, “Rest In Peace, Mr Rich Buckler…your Deathlok will always be one of my favorite characters & I’m happy to have chatted several times with u.” Another fan wrote of one of Buckler’s comic books: “I had to have this book when I was 12! I became a life long fan & was lucky enough to meet him years ago. RIP Rich. #RichBuckler.”