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JIM STERANKO MARVEL ARTIST’S EDITIONS ARE ON THEIR WAY!
IDW To Produce Two Deluxe Books Of Artist’s Classic Works
Great news emerged today from New York Comic Con 2013 – IDW Publishing is planning on releasing not ONE, but TWO Marvel Artist’s Editions by the great Jim Steranko!
The first book, Steranko Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition, due to be released in May 2014, will feature Steranko’s Nick Fury run on Strange Tales from issue #151 through #162 and measure 15” x 22”.
The second book, Steranko Nick Fury and Captain America Artist’s Edition, which does not currently have a release date, will feature Nick Fury stories from Strange Tales 163-168, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D #1, 3, & 5, and 3 issues of Captain America. This book will measure 12” x 17”.
These are near-exact reproductions of the original art by Jim Steranko in their original size.
Jim Steranko was one of the great comic book “Pop” artists that enjoyed notoriety in the late 1960’s. Although he worked in the industry for a relatively short time, his impact on the style and design at the time was enormous.
Steranko combined both a dynamic and surreal style that was rather unique and instantly identifiable. His influence can still be seen today in artists like Paul Gulacy and many others.
He is clearly one of the great influencers of modern comics.
Here are just some of the fantastic covers and pages he created during his brief tenure at Marvel Comics. If you know who Steranko is, this will bring back fond memories. To those who have never heard of him, now is the time to discover some of his great work!
Great Comic Book Covers #2 presents Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #1 (June 1968) by Jim Steranko.
The drawing style and layouts that Jim Steranko brought to comics was a very dynamic look compared to the old panel designs that were previously employed. His larger than life characters and all-out action illustrations revolutionized the way comics were subsequently done.
While I enjoyed his work on Captain America and Strange Tales, his artwork really sparkled on this title and the seven covers he worked on.
Too bad for everyone that Steranko didn’t stick around the comic book industry long enough.