Sal Buscema

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Cover to Avengers Annual #17. Pencil art by Sal Buscema.
Cover to Avengers Annual #17. Pencil art by Sal Buscema.

Silvio "Sal" Buscema (born on January 26, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York 1936) is an American comic book artist - primarily for Marvel Comics. He is the brother of artist John Buscema. He is also known as "Our Pal Sal" in the language of Marvel Comics' old "Bullpen Bulletins" page.



Sal Buscema got his start in comic books during the mid 1960s as an inker over the pencils of his older brother John Buscema. For at least 30 years after that, he was one of the most prolific artists at the company. In particular, he is known for stints on Captain America (with writer Steve Englehart), the Incredible Hulk (with writers Len Wein, Roger Stern and Bill Mantlo), the Defenders (with Wein and Steve Gerber) and the various Spider-Man titles (with Gerry Conway and J.M. DeMatteis). Sal Buscema notably penciled and mostly inked an over 100-issue run on the title The Spectacular Spider-Man from 1988 through 1996. Unlike some fellow Silver Age artists, Buscema's style evolved to meet the grittier, sharper-edged look often employed, beginning in the 1990s.

Buscema usually inked his own work, starting in the late 1970s. In the early 1990s, he returned to inking others' work, again notably over his brother John Buscema's work on an Englehart-scripted run on Fantastic Four. His ability to meet quick deadlines and produce fast work has meant that in addition to his numerous regular titles, he has also pencilled or inked many emergency fill-in issues for Marvel.

He went into semi-retirement in the mid-1990s. His work in the 2000s includes inking Spider-Girl from issue #59 to issue #100, working with writer Tom DeFalco and penciller Ron Frenz. He has continued to ink the series since it was relaunched with Amazing Spider-Girl # 1.

Personal Life

Sal resides in Fairfax County, Virginia with his wife, Joan. They have three sons. Sal, a devout Christian, often attends special events at his church in Fairfax where he draws for children and signs autographs.

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