Rich Buckler, Prolific Marvel and DC Comics Artist, Dies at 68

Deathlok 1 Cover - P 2014
<p>Deathlok 1 Cover - P 2014</p>   |   Mike Perkins/Marvel Entertainment
Buckler, who created the character Deathlok and worked on Marvel Comics' 'Fantastic Four,' died Friday after a long battle with cancer.

Rich Buckler, best known for his work as an artist for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, has died. He was 68.

Buckler died Friday after a long battle with cancer, bleedingcool.com reported on Saturday. Marvel's official Twitter account confirmed the news in a tweet: "Marvel is deeply saddened by the loss of artist Rich Buckler. We offer our condolences to his family, friends, and fans worldwide."

Joss Whedon, the Avengers and Agents of SHIELD writer who will next pen Batgirl, also paid tribute to Buckler on Twitter, calling him "one of my early Marvel art gods."

Buckler worked on Marvel Comics' popular series Fantastic Four in the 1970s and created the character Deathlok in Astonishing Tales. The prolific artist also contributed to such comics as All-Star Squadron, Batman, The Flash, Jungle Action, The Spectacular Spider-Man and more.

Buckler was also the author of two books — How to Become a Comic Book Artist and How to Draw Superheroes.