What exactly did George contribute too on Astonishing Tales #25? Was he the cover artist or did he pencil inside?
It was a two-page gag story that followed the main story and was a spoof of the creation of Deathlok by Rich Buckler and Doug Moench. I drew everything but the final Deathlok figure, which was pencilled by Rich. The two-pager was inked by the late Mike Esposito.
Scans from diversionsofthegroovykind.blogspot.com
Addition detail from WIZARD #35
My first published pro work was on Rich's first issue of Deathlok, Astonishing Tales #25. He gave me a two-page cartoon sequence at the end showing how he and Doug Moench came up with Deathlok from discarded ideas in a trash pail. My art being what it was at the time, I penciled everything except the Deathlok figure.
By being Rich's assistant, people at Marvel got to know me. And people like [editor] Jim Salicrup and [writers] David Kraft and Bill Mantlo saw my work, liked it, and got me my first work under my own name. George Tuscko needed a break on the Man-Wolf feature in Creatures on the Loose and Dave Kraft liked working with me, so he asked me to stay. Around the same time, I was given a fill-in on the Sons of the Tiger feature in Deadly Hans of Kung Fu #6, but Bill Mantlo asked for me to stay on as well.
Thanks to them, I was given
regular work fairly quickly. That was around 1974, only two years out
of high school. Within six months after that, Rich Buckler fell behind.
Since I was Rich's assistant, they asked me to pencil what was
supposed to be a Fantastic Four annual and turn into two issues of the regular book [#164-#165].