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Facts About Original John Buscema Comic Art

Record Sale for Artwork:
$228,000 What If..? #1 Cover Art

Official Website:
https://www.marvel.com/comics/creators/1612/john_buscema

Key Comic Book Issues:

  • The Silver Surfer #1
  • Wolverine #7 
  • The Avengers #82
  • Kazar #1
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How Much is John Buscema Artwork Worth?

Six figures for major cover art pieces, high five figures for lesser covers and major splash pages. The more popular the character, the more valuable Buscema art is.

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Value of Original John Buscema Art

What If..? #1 Cover Art sold for $228,000
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The Amazing Spider-Man #78 Splash Page sold for $65,125
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The Avengers #58 Splash Page sold for $90,000
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The Avengers #82 Cover Art sold for $156,000
John Buscema

Captain America #115 Page 16 sold for $9,560
John Buscema

Conan the Barbarian #144 Cover Art sold for $11,400
John Buscema

Daredevil #89 Cover Art sold for $37,200
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Daredevil #137 Cover Art sold for $8,365
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Fantastic Four #107 Page 4 sold for $9,000
John Buscema

Hero for Hire #1 Cover Art sold for $156,000
John Buscema

Kazar #1 Cover Art sold for $25,200
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Marvel Comics Presents #1 Splash Page sold for $52,200
John Buscema

Marvel Treasury Edition #3 Pin-up Illustration sold for $24,000
John Buscema art

Shanna the She-Devil #3 Cover Art sold for $8,400
John Buscema

Silver Surfer #1 Recreation Cover Art sold for $57,600
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Silver Surfer #7 Page 7 sold for $8,960
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Silver Surfer #13 Cover Art sold for $68,710
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Sub-Mariner #5 Splash Page sold for $14,940
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Tales to Astonish #85 Splash Page sold for $9,560
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The Savage of the Sword of Conan #222 Splash Page sold for $15,600
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The Sub-Mariner #8 Cover Art sold for $19,120
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Thor #183 Cover Art sold for $96,000
John Buscema art

Thor #235 Splash Page sold for $8,400
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Wolverine #7 Cover Art sold for $9,560
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Wolverine Corner Box Illustration sold for $21,600
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History of John Buscema in Comic Book Art

John Buscema first entered the comic book industry after taking a staff position under the Timely Comics editor-in-chief, Stan Lee in 1948.

His first published pencilling credit was a four-page story, entitled "Til Crime Do You Part" in Lawbreakers Always Lose #3 later that same year. Buscema also provided artwork for titles like Lorna the Jungle Queen, Two-Gun Western, Strange Tales and Cowboy Romances.

During the 1950s, Buscema freelanced for a variety of publishers, Including Dell Comics, Ziff-Davis, Quality Comics, St. John Publications, Ace Comics and others. 

In 1966, Buscema returned to work for Marvel Comics, which was formerly Atlas Comics. He worked on layouts for Jack Kirby on the Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. series. Buscema also drew three Hulk stories for Tales to Astonish #85-#87, before becoming the regular penciller for The Avengers series.

This would eventually become his signature series, introducing new versions of old characters like Black Knight and Vision. While working on The Avengers, Buscema also drew for The Amazing Spider-Man, The Silver Surfer, Tower of Shadows, The Sub-Mariner and Chamber of Darkness. 

In the 1970s, he began working on series like Conan the Barbarian, The Savage Sword of Conan, Thor, and Squadron Supreme. The seventies were Buscema's most prolific decade, running through an average of three to four sketch books worth of pencils per month.

Buscema regularly provided the pencils for Nova, Ms. Marvel, Captain America, Captain Britain, Daredevil, Frankenstein Monster, Howard the Duck, Master of Kung-Fu, Red Sonja and Warlock and many other black and white magazine titles like Rampaging Hulk, Savage Tales and Doc Savage. 

Buscema won an Alley Award for Best Full-Length Story for The Silver Surfer #1 in 1968, and again in 1969 for The Silver Surfer #5. He won a Shazam Award in 1974 for Best Penciller and an Eagle Award for Favourite Single Comicbook Story for Howard the Duck #3 in 1977.

He was also the recipient of an Inkpot Award and was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2002. 


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