Rich Buckler has been working in the comics field since the early 1970s. He has drawn for a great many superhero titles published by both Marvel and DC in the 1970s and 1980s, often as a cover artist. At Marvel, he is best-known for his work on 'The Fantastic Four', but he has also drawn 'The Black Panther', 'Amazing Spider-Man', 'The Avengers', 'The Submariner', 'The Human Torch' and the 'Incredible Hulk' newspaper strip. He was also the creator of 'Deathlok the Demolisher' in Astonishing Tales in 1974.
In 1979 Buckler briefly took over the newspaper comic strip 'The Incredible Hulk' (1978-1982) from Larry Lieber, which was based less on Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's eponymous comics series and more on the then popular TV series, with whom it ran parallel. The characters in this specific 'Hulk' comic were also not modelled after the comics characters, but after the real-life actors on the show. Later in 1979 Buckler passed the comic to Alan Kupperberg, who would continue it until 1982.
Buckler alternated his work for Marvel with several jobs at DC, where he mainly worked on several 'Batman' and 'Superman' titles, but also on 'Justice League of America' and 'Hawkman' in Detective Comics. Buckler launched 'All-Star Squadron' with Roy Thomas in 1981, and additionally worked for Archie Comics' 'Red Circle Comics' superhero line in 1983 and 1984.He is the author of the books 'How to Become a Comic Book Artist' and 'How to Draw Superheroes'.
Together with his son Rick Buckler and Walter McDaniel, Buckler formed Visage Studios, which has become a training ground for up and coming comic book artists in the New York area. He has been a major influence in the comic book industry, helping to launch the careers of Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Mark Texiera, Klaus Janson, George Perez, Jackson Guice, and many others.