Thursday, September 18, 2014
Don't Yield, Back SHIELD!
I was a mere youth when I got my mitts on a copy of Strange Tales #177. The iconic cover by Jim Steranko featuring Nick Fury flanked by the Contessa Valenti9na Allegra de Fontaine and Clay Quartermain with Dum Dum Dugan and the Gaffer along with a SHIELD agent to be named later in the back ground blew my ten-year-old mind. I traced this image of Nick over and over and over again, often giving it to friends who envied my tracing skills, and even to girls who I wanted the attention of. It worked a little bit even.
When I recently saw this Marvel Masterwork Pin-Up version of the classic Steranko images I was blown away all over again. I'm not sure in my adult mind if the anatomy works as it ought, but I know that cast in front of the stars and stripes this one is a keeper for the ages, one of the best covers Mighty Marvel ever published.
And here's a typically clever Bongo cover homage to this Steranko classic.