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How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way (1988)

Not Rated | | Family | Video 31 July 1988
Based on the book of the same name, Stan Lee and John Buscema teach viewers how to draw comics.


Jim Gates


Stan Oliver




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John Buscema ... Self
Stan Lee ... Self


Superhero creator and Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee, together with Marvel's top artist, John Buscema, demonstrate the skills needed to create compelling characters and scenes for drawing and writing comic books. Based on the book of the same name, the video became an educational classic for aspiring cartoonists and is also available on D-V-D. Stan Lee's flair for humor and close friendship with Buscema adds to this good-natured instructional video a sense of drama, action and fun. Stan Lee's inimitable talent for creating superheroes (Spider Man, The Incredible Hulk, etc.) and Buscema's own creations (Conan the Barbarian, Silver Surfer, etc.) meshes well in the conversation and makes this a special treat for comic book fans as well as cartoonists on all levels. Written by Jim Gates

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"One of the marvelous things about video cassettes is that you can go back later and watch it again..."
26 August 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

This takes me back. How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way was an instructional book released by Marvel in 1978, with writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema teaching aspiring comic book artists how to draw comic books in the style that Marvel was known for. My older brother had a copy and I used to be fascinated with it and watching him use it to try and draw like John Buscema, who was one of my favorite comic book artists growing up.

This video, featuring Lee and Buscema, was released a decade after the book and I didn't see it until sometime in the early-to-mid 1990s when I happened upon a VHS copy at the local library. Not being an artist myself, I can't vouch for the techniques shown but I would imagine that even if you completely mastered what you see here, you won't have much luck breaking into comics today as the medium's storytelling has changed so much since then (not necessarily for the better, but I won't get into that here). Anyway, this is still something I would recommend you watch if you're a fan of classic era Marvel comics (1960s through 1980s). It's got a lot of nostalgic appeal and many of you might find the instructional aspects genuinely interesting, even if you can't draw more than a stick figure.

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31 July 1988 (USA) See more »


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