2013: Peter David had just signed one of most riveting Spidey arcs ever written- "The Death of Jean DeWolff" (yes, it's better than "Kraven's Last Hunt" of which I am fond), when I realized that the artist of the story, Rich Buckler, was at the con also. (One of the signed books can be seen at a left swipe) Rich Buckler was of the realist school guys like Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, but he never lacked for dynamic action and his facial expressions on the characters were stunning. He also created Deathlok.
Between David's words and Buckler's pictures it was the most devastating Spider-Man arc I would ever read and included a cliffhanger that froze the blood (editor Christopher Priest almost pulled it as he was frightened of the reception and subsequent backlash of a greenlit issue ending with the brutal murder of a major Spidey supporting character). Tremendous arc, like I said.
When I walked over and asked him to sign, Rich's face lit up - turns out he's a huge Dr. Doom fan, and he wanted a picture with me! Then he took the DeWolff issues and signed them, saying "I usually charge for signatures, but not for Dr. Doom!" I stumbled across this post on his page a few years later- what a great guy. Even when some edgelord wanted to chime in about my height Rich was a class act. I had wanted to bump into him again but Rich passed away in May last year. He was a terrific artist and a very kind man. I'm glad I met him.
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