Sunday, July 3, 2011
Spotlight On: Steranko
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 America and 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?