This Is Why John Buscema Was A Better Artist Than You

Years, and I mean years, ago I remember having an argument in a comic book store in Melbourne with some idiot who spent the better part of the afternoon trying to convince me that John Buscema wasn’t as good an artist as, say, Jim Lee or Rob Liefeld, or anyone from Image for that matter.  As is the way with such people nothing I said would sway his opinion, so I simply gave up and allowed him to ramble on and on, much to the growing amusement of people around him.  Not to denigrate Liefeld, or Lee for that matter, but I’m sure that Rob would agree that he’s nowhere near as good an artist as the late John Buscema.  And here’s why.

What follows are prime examples of what Big John would do to warm up before he began drawing proper.  Most artists will go entire careers and not get near this level of expertise, and this is John in his downtime.  This is John just fooling about, getting his poses and anatomy right before he commits the pencil to the page for publication.  This is why John Buscema was always a better artist than the majority of his peers when he was alive, and, if alive, would still a better artist than the bulk of those working today.  Look upon these warm-up sketches and learn something – practice makes perfect.  There wasn’t a day when John wouldn’t draw something, even if it was just this kind of sketching.  Good art isn’t about splashy pages with lots of smoke and explosions; it’s about being able to convey emotion into your work.   Plus John Buscema could tell you more about his art in one sketch than anyone can in a thousand words, and if you don’t believe me, then you just don’t know great art when you see it.



Kid said…
I've got to agree with those sentiments.
Ian Miller said…
If anyone wants to see some more Buscema sketches, check out this page:

You can get lost for hours on there.

Richard Guion said…
Wow, love to see this stuff, always heard about his back page drawings. Thanks also for the wordpress blog, Ian!
Gilbert Garcia said…
Some people today are really enamored by the style of the modern artists today like Jim Lee and his contemporaries...but they do have a somewhat limited concept of what is good art. They belong to those who believe that as long as you can draw all those little lines and details, that already makes great art and artist...but with John, all he needs are a few lines to convey mood and detail with out cluttering up the page with unnecessary details.
ashaist said…
Couldn't agree with your more Gilbert. He took King Kirby's movement and polished it like a diamond. Simple, pure, aesthetic penciling.
Although it's apparent that he was influenced by Kirby,they were really more like chalk and cheese.He had a naturalistic style that made you believe they were real human beings,not comic book characters.It's difficult to compare him to other artists with realistic styles,like Neal Adams,who was technically superior in figure drawing,but he lacked John Buscema's depth in facial expression.

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