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Collects Strange Tales #151-162, 1966-67. Our Highest Recommendation. By Jim Steranko. Finally, a bargain-priced version of the long unavailable Artist’s Edition. This collects the first 12 stories of Jim Steranko’s run, from Strange Tales #151-162, with covers. Additionally,  a select number of extras are presented. Nearly all the pages have been scanned from the original art, from Steranko’s private archives. Complete stories: story and art by Steranko with additional scripts by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas. Additional Layouts by Jack Kirby. IDW, 2021.

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Finally, a bargain-priced version of the long unavailable Artist’s Edition. This collects the first 12 stories of Jim Steranko’s run, from Strange Tales #151-162, with covers. Additionally,  a select number of extras are presented. Nearly all the pages have been scanned from the original art, from Steranko’s private archives. Complete stories: story and art by Steranko with additional scripts by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas. Additional Layouts by Jack Kirby.

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 at The House of Ideas stand to this day 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. and this is where it all began, as a feature in the long-running Strange Tales

Additionally, there are two “try-out” pages he did for A Man Called Death, the forerunner to S.H.I.E.L.D., 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.

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 maybe the most impressive Artisan Edition 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 S.H.I.E.L.D. 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.

An artisan edition presents complete stories with each page scanned from the actual original art. While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art–for instance, corrections, blue pencils, paste-overs, all the little nuances that make original art unique. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.

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