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Writing About Jim Steranko For Sequart

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If you’re trying to write intelligently about the medium that a long ago generation decided to refer to as “comic books” and so we will forever after, you can do no better than Sequart. I’m honored to be a part of their operation, and after a short review of Wallace Wood’s Cannon, I’ve just had a go at doing justice to a hero and friend of mine, the one and only Jim Steranko.

Mr. Steranko is a continual inspiration to me, as an artist and as a person. When I sat down and attempted to write about his work, it became clear that if I wanted to bring it in under 100,000 words, I would need to focus on one facet of his ongoing career, so I decided to elaborate on his Marvel work. If it was going to be under 50,000, it would have to be about one aspect of that, so I chose Nick Fury. And if I wanted to tag it under the 2,000 word goal, I was going to have to really zero in. As it turned out, I had to tighten focus down to how he got the gig and the first three pages of Nick Fury: Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I hope I got it right. And I would be remiss if I failed to mention that this week, IDW has pulled off a major coup and released an Artist’s Edition reproducing a great many of his original pages from Strange Tales. I’m already sorry that I forgot to bring up that he calls his work from that time as Zap Art, and that he created the familiar X-Men logo because he wouldn’t do the book unless they changed that, or that he created the look of Indiana Jones and then didn’t do the storyboards when Lucas and Speilburg asked him to because he didn’t feel like doing it, or that Jack Kirby based Mister Miracle on him…

 

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