Known for his work on Avengers, John Buscema revolutionized the super team with his ability to tell a flawless story and his flare for action. He grounded Captain America in reality, while never losing the over-the-top action and fun of the comic book world. The result was a look that was mimicked relentlessly for decades in other books, video games, and cartoons.

In a story that became the highlight of his run, Avengers: Under Siege, Buscema captured the heartbreaking loss of Captain America’s prized WWII heirlooms at the hands of Baron Zemo. His storytelling was so well crafted and precise that no word balloons or captions were needed to understand the emotion behind the story. That is a testament to a classically trained artist at the top of his game.