Monday Morning Paperback: Deathlok (The Godfather of Cyberpunk!)
“That's inspired by a great Marvel comic, Deathlok, a guy whose brain and lungs were stuck into a cyborg's body. See, he was to be used as this ultimate killing machine and something backfired."
-Dave Mustaine of Megadeth who wrote and performed the song PSYCHOTRON.
Cyberpunk: a subgenre of science fiction in a futuristic setting that tends to focus on a "combination of lowlife and high tech" featuring advanced technological and scientific achievements, such as artificial intelligence and cybernetics, juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order
"Warning: Deathlok contains scenes of utraviolence. Reader discretion is advised".
Originally published in May 21st 2017 after the passing of one of Comicdom's greats and a friend of mine.This month marks the one year anniversary of Rich's passing and since it's Memorial Day, I would like to give another shoutout to Rich!
|Kill-Monger was Co-created by Buckler.|
Rich Buckler may not have been within the confines of the latter two, however, his contributions toward the comic medium as well as pop culture in general has not gone unnoticed.Especially to me.
After a long battle with Cancer, Buckler (68) had finally succumbed to his illness and it came as a shock, because I for one, wasn't aware of his condition after speaking to him in person, during a few occasions not too long ago.
Rich is soley responsible for the creation of Deathlok-a Man ressurected from death as a cyborg struguling to maintain his humanity within a world gone mad. Deathlok is by all means, Rich's greatest and most influential creation to the extent that a few movies and comics in one way or another, borrowed ideas and asthetics from the cult classic seventies comic.
Deathlok was the first antihero I became a fan of and his world was rich with groundbreaking concepts and perhaps a forerunner of the cyberpunk formula.
Besides Deathlok, Rich also experienced a few pockets of critical acclaim primarily to his stint on Jungle Action featuring Black Panther, Fantastic Four and the Death of Jean Dewolf arc from the Spectacular Spider-Man comics.
I had the pleasure and honor of knowing Rich since arriving at the 2014 New York City Comic Con and after I had mentioned my Deathlok article during the days of Talkbacker, he quickly cited what I had written and mentioned it on his Facebook page. I received a signed Deathlok print free of charge as his way of saying thanks.
Rich was both humble and outspoken, especially in regards to how artists and writers were unfairly treated. Its no secret that he tried to sue Marvel for full credit on his creation, Deathlok, but abandon the suit because of mounting lawyer fees or emotional exhaustion. I was happy to find out that Rich is acknowledged as the sole creator of Deathlok and applauded during the Black Panther's credits the second I noticed his name listed as "Special thanks" for his work and contributions for the Jungle Action comics. His long and hard fight against both Marvel and Cancer, is a testament of his fortitude and no doubt, a soldier!