- Full Description
In the mid-1960s, Jim Steranko burst into the Marvel Age of comics in a BIG way, and the innovative, cinematic techniques he introduced in his brief tenure there still stand as a high-water mark in the history of graphic storytelling. More than any other series, Steranko is most associated with Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. This Artist's Edition collects the first 12 stories of Steranko's run from Strange Tales #151-162, as well as all his covers from these issues--plus extras!
Additionally, there are two "try-out" pages he did for A Man Called Death, the forerunner to SHIELD, penciled by Jack Kirby. Steranko inked these two pages to audition his inking technique. Also here are two versions of the cover of Strange Tales #159, before and after Cap was redrawn by Steranko. And, as usual, nearly all the pages have been scanned from the original art, from Steranko's private archives.
This book is HUGE and GORGEOUS. The covers are superbly designed with gold inks and two colors, as are all the dividing pages between stories, obviously all new work by Steranko. He clearly designed this entire book, and it's may be the most impressive Artist's Edition we've seen yet. The additional material here is sterling! In his Afterword, Steranko describes his first audacious meeting with Stan Lee, after being told "No one meets Stan" by secretary Flo Steinberg. And how he came to choose SHIELD to be his book.
"More than any of his contemporaries, Steranko brought film noir sensibilities to comics," in characterizations, narrative themes, and visual style. Finally, there is a lengthy biography, from his days as a magician and band leader, to publisher, cover artist, pulp illustrator, book designer, film storyboard artist, and many more offshoot careers.
Note: This is an out of print, used and/or rare item. Very Fine. Slight roll to the top corner of the cover.
- Additional Information
Item Code SNFAEH Publisher IDW Publish Date 2014 ISBN 9781613779682 Print Status Out of Print Condition Very Fine. Slight roll to the top corner of the cover. Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 15x22 # Pages 176pg Color Full Color