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Monday of this week I went to Stephanie Buscema's Facebook Page to post a picture of her grandfather holding my copy of the Fantastic Four #300 that he had personalized to me back in 2001...
It was at that time I found out that Stephanie was enroute to the airport in Barcelona, Spain, to travel to a Special Exhibition starring her Grandfather's works in the city of Palma, Spain.
This is what I found at her Facebook Wall about what had brought her to fly to Spain:
"There's actually an exhibition of my Grandfather's art in Palma, Mallorca at Casal Solleric. The translated show info can be found here:
Population: Palma de mallorca Palma de Mallorca
John Buscema (New York, 1927-2002) was attracted to the comics as a child, and copying the cartoons of Alex Raymond, Hal Foster, Burne Hogarth and Elzie Segar.
Guió sus primeros pasos hacia la ilustración comercial dada de su evidente capacidad para el dibujo realista de la figura humana tras dejarse influenciar por los clásicos (los europeos Rubens, Monet, Renoir, Rafael, y los yanquis Al Dorne, Dean Cornwell, Norman Rockwell y Robert Fawcett).
He led his first steps into commercial illustration because of its obvious ability for drawing realistic human figure after being influenced by the classics (the Europeans Rubens, Monet, Renoir, Raphael, and the Yankees Al Dorne, Dean Cornwell, Norman Rockwell and Robert Fawcett).
Entre 1970 y 1990 Buscema fue un modelo a seguir (en su estilo gráfico, junto a John Romita) entre los dibujantes de la editorial Marvel y se convirtió en el perfecto ejemplo de autor prolífico e incansable, llegando a dibujar 60 páginas mensuales y llegando a publicar en aproximadamente 60 títulos distintos de Marvel (destacando su trabajo en The Avengers).
Between 1970 and 1990 Buscema was a model (in its graphical style, along with John Romita) between the artists of the Marvel editorial and became the perfect example of a prolific author and tireless, coming to draw 60 pages a month and reaching publish approximately 60 titles than Marvel (highlighting their work in The Avengers).
I had only met John Buscema one time, back at the 2001 San Diego Comic Con International. He was at a couple of special panels upstairs in the program halls. Please Note: At the bottom right of this post is a photo of Stan (The Man) Lee and 'Big' John Buscema at one of the panels I just mentioned.
John Buscema really loved illustrating Conan the Barbarian stories, and other genres. He said at one of his panels that he just didn't like to illustrate super-hero stories, which by the gruff way he said it, we all knew that he would and could draw just about anything that he was asked to do as he was a professional, but his favorite series at Marvel Comics was Conan.
I really enjoyed Big John's artwork during the many years he was at Marvel, and every now and then come across something that he drew in the earlier years for other companies. Including individual issues of Adventures Into The Unknown from ACG Comics. You can find 2,667 different publications that John had a hand in illustrating during his long career at the GCD (Grand Comic Book Database). John passed away shortly after attending the SDCC on January 10, 2002 (aged 74).
Stephanie Buscema is a grandaughter of Big John. Here is a little bit about Stephanie, taken from her web site:
Stephanie is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist from Brooklyn, New York. Since 1998, she has worked on everything from comics and children's books to rock'n'roll art and gallery exhibitions. Growing up on a heavy dosage of comic books, early animation, 1950's-60's horror/sci-fi movies and punk rock helped fuel the creative fire at a young age.
Starting out as an inker for her grandfather, John Buscema, Stephanie learned how to make traditional sequential art with brushes and without computers. Being exposed to the art of Milton Caniff, Jack Kirby, Mary Blair (and about a hundred other inspirations) she longed to expand her skill and learn how to paint the traditional way. Soon, she became infatuated with mid-century advertisements, design and illustration.
You can find more about her at her web site:
I wish Stephanie a fun time at the exhibition in Palma, Spain. It is very good that her grandfather's works are being shown world wide! For those Europeans that are reading this Blog Post, You might want to stop reading this for a moment and add this event to your calendar to see! Be aware that you only have until November 8th 2009 to see this!
BTW.... Whereas we don't have a special exhibition of Big John's works here at Make It So Marketing, we do have several back issues of John's comics and magazines, (plus his brother's Sal Buscema's comics), in our own online store. Plus please check out our other new listings of comics, graphic novels, Comic Con exclusives and more pop culture items for sale in our online eBay Featured Store that our blogs are based on!
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