Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Great Steranko!


Jim Steranko's influence on comics is undeniable. He came roaring onto the 60's comic scene and injected a whole new modern vibe and immediacy to the comics he drew despite himself being a synthesis of many of the classic styles he'd absorbed as a reader for years. In his style we see Eisner, Kirby, Kane, Krigstein, and more as he created his own distinctive look and atmosphere. But he did precious little comics work relative to his reputation. Since his early days he's often promised to do more than he's delivered (I'm still waiting in vain for Red Tide). But there's no denying his influence. Here's a gallery of his greatest comics work, darn near all of it in fact.












































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11 comments:

  1. Like a lot of artists who went to have their own uniques style (Barry Windsor Smith for example) Steranko's early stuff was total Kirby knock off, though that is not bad thing. But he really develped when he began doing mostly only covers durings the 70's then just took off. Great artist, writer and publisher.

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    1. Steranko's style is instantly recognizable, something any artist covets.

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  2. Y'know - I thought his western covers were some of his best stuff. Really enjoy those.
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    1. He has some dandy western paperback covers out there too. Maybe they'll get featured here later.

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  3. Red Tide? Hell, I'm still waiting for the final 4 volumes of "The History of Comics." Absolutely love Jim, though. Few artists captured the pop era of comics as well as he did.

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    1. Amen brother! Amen! Need to read that again real soon.

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  4. Oh wow, I didn't know about the FF covers. I wish he'd done the interiors!

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    1. Steranko's FF is pretty interesting, if very not the house style necessarily. Love how the Torch was being drawn at the time.

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  5. Really liked his Doc Savage…Wish he’d done covers on the remainder of the series.

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    1. True that. It would've added a real luster to some of the later books which are not as cool as the early ones.

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  6. That is a great collection of art. However, it is far from complete, as there at least 25 Steranko comicbook covers that are not included in your post.

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