Wednesday, November 16, 2011
This is possibly the finest single cover that Jim Steranko has produced for any comic. I know that's saying a lot, but this poster shot of Nick Fury and his Agents of SHIELD against the Old Glory backdrop is just that awesome. Steranko might have done covers which were more clever, but I don't think he ever did another with this impact. This utterly demands to be purchased.
Somehow it did come into my mitts when I was a wee lad, because I specifically remember tracing the image of Fury over and over, sometimes using the figure as a template for other heroes. Great stuff!
And speaking of great stuff, there's no denying the awesomeness of the four page double-double page spread which forms the climax of the battle against Yellow Claw. I highly recommend the reprint volume of Steranko's SHIELD stories which has this great scene in a fabulous fold-out.
Great talent! Great artwork!