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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Zap Art

Up for your viewing pleasure is the cover to the latest Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D book I purchased and what a beauty it is...Just like #1 which I bought last month it's one of the best covers I know...
Jim Steranko is a true master, he used cinematic techniques and perfected and adapted the style to suit the comic book medium. Think of him as a true Renaissance man, combining the traditional comic book art styles of Jack Kirby with the surrealism of Salvador Dali.

I didn't read comic books at the time, oddly enough this very issue here came out the month I was born, but I can imagine what a breath of fresh air it must have been to the young reader to see this totally new style of storytelling...Steranko not only introduced or popularized in comics such art movements of the day as psychedelica and optical art (using art-illusions, to fool the eye)but also borrowed heavily from the then reigning popular culture (James Bond-type heroes, go-go girls, sensuality...etc)
Sadly Steranko wasn't too good with deadlines (this issue, except terrific Steranko cover, was made by a different fill-in team) and he drifted out of comics, only to return now and then to work on projects he could hand pick..
Oh and for you younger readers who didn't have a clue who this master of the Silver Age was, the style of the movie "The Incredibles" was based on
Steranko's often imitated but never bettered style....


Anonymous Preacher59 said...

Yes it's true, this man is a genius.
Never equaled, his style and pacing often copyed by others (eg : Paul Gulacy).
He's still the Master of the craft.
When done, for those who still don't know the Man.

10:33 PM  

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