The Master Of Comicbook Adventure
Tripwire’s contributing writer Scott Braden takes a look at IDW’s Jim Steranko’s Nick Fury Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D Artist’s Edition…
When considering the great Steranko — writer, artist, designer — and his life’s work, one who studies his career in the four-color medium might think the master storyteller more of a peer of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein then, say, Dick Ayers and Don Heck. Pop art is aimed to blur the boundaries between what was once considered “high” art and “low” culture – and Steranko is a pop artist that still matters . . . even as he enters his eighth decade. He is also a “pulp” artist, spinning high adventure and grand artistic design with every touchpoint of his pen.
All of these considerations factor into the maestro’s work on IDW’s Steranko Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition. Now in its second printing, this 184-page artist’s edition stands a massive 15” x 22” and has been shot in full color from the original black-and-white art, showing off the living legend’s magnificent craft.
Assigned to the acclaimed creator in the 1960s, Steranko’s work on S.H.I.E.L.D. quickly became a favorite with fans and critics alike – as it celebrated the spy craze first introduced by Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in a spectacular super-hero universe. In fact, what many would consider his signature character garnered the stellar artist accolades aplenty from within and outside of the comics industry. This must-have artist’s edition commemorates all those accomplishments – while creating some of its very own.
This is truly a Steranko project – and it is phenomenal. This artist’s edition collects the first 12 stories of Steranko’s run on the Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. strip from Strange Tales #151 – #162, as well as all his covers from those issues. As a bonus, the artist’s edition also features the two-page “The Man from D.E.A.T.H.” – a precursor to S.H.I.E.L.D. that Steranko inked over the “King of Comics” Jack Kirby himself.
Evaluating the project as a whole, not only did Steranko produce the majority of the excellent stories found within this tome – words and pictures – but he designed the artist edition itself. And he raised the bar on all.
It’s a complete package, folks.
Dig for yourself. I’m sure you will.
Here’s the link to buy it from IDW direct