Karen: Steranko - like Cher or Elvis, he only needs one name! Jim Steranko burst on the comics scene in 1966. He worked first for Harvey, but would soon join Marvel, where he would become a very popular artist for his work on the Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. feature in Strange Tales. He would go on to work on Captain Americaand also X-Men and a number of other titles. He was also the first editor of Marvel's fan magazine, FOOM, and produced the now-famous club poster.
Karen: Although Steranko's overall output at Marvel was rather small, he had a huge influence on his fellow artists. His graphic artist background was extremely evident in his work, such as the way he composed his panels and pages. Composition is everything in a Steranko drawing. His work is always dramatic; he knows how to utilize lighting and shadow for great effect. He had the pulse of the pop art movement and incorporated photographs and movie poster design into his work. Like some others (namely Neal Adams) he has a cinematic sense to his storytelling. He was also very fond of double-page spreads.
Karen: What say you all? Any Steranko fans in the house? What are your favorite issues that he drew?
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Karen and Doug
Bronze Age Babies, Unite!
On Sunday, 4/23/17, Martinex1, Doug, and Redartz gathered for a day of fun at C2E2 in Chicago. It was great to finally meet in person after years of online cameraderie.
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Karen and Doug met on the Avengers Assemble! message board back in September 2006. On June 16 2009 they went live with the Bronze Age Babies blog, sharing their love for 1970s and '80s pop culture with readers who happen by each day. You'll find conversations on comics, TV, music, movies, toys, food... just about anything that evokes memories of our beloved pasts!
Doug is a high school social science teacher and department chairman living south of Chicago; he also does contract work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is married with two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
Karen originally hails from California and now works in scientific research/writing in the Phoenix area. She often contributes articles to Back Issue magazine. She is married. She hangs out with Joe Biden occasionally.
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Dig Karen's Work Here? Then You Should Check Her Out in Back Issue!
BI #44 is available for digital download and in print. I've read Karen's article on reader reaction to Gerry Conway's ASM #121-122, and it's excellent. This entire magazine was fun! -- Doug
Back Issue #45
As if Karen's work on Spidey in the Bronze Age wasn't awesome enough, she's at it again with a look at the romance of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in Back Issue's "Odd Couples" issue -- from TwoMorrows!
Karen's talking the Mighty Thor in the Bronze Age!
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