JIM STERANKO is one of the most controversial figures in contemporary culture, with a dozen successful careers to his credit. From theatrical entertainer to creative entrepreneur, he has applied his vision to a multitude of mediums, including graphic novels, role-playing games, animated TV series, historic documentaries, and films.
When Marvel Comics' Stan Lee assigned him to write and illustrate NICK FURY: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D., CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE HULK, and THE X-MEN (for which he created the classic title logo), he rocked the comic world with a revolutionary narrative approach that had never been explored before in comics' 35-year history and generated more than 150 original storytelling innovations that changed the direction of the medium. WIZARD magazine credited Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Comics Artist in the history of the form.
As an escape artist, his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle and, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, he was the man upon which the protagonist of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & KLAY was based. His mastery of visual storytelling led to a motion-picture collaboration with famed French director Alain Resnais, made a longtime friend of filmmaker Federico Fellini, and connected him at Paramount Pictures with animation giants Shamus Culhane and Ralph Bakshi.
His two volumes of THE STERANKO HISTORY OF COMICS have sold more than 100,000 copies each, and, in 1975, he created the hard-boiled detective thriller RED TIDE, the First Modern Graphic Novel. He has painted covers for science fiction, heroic fantasy, and adventure books—in addition to a multitude of movie posters, record albums, and magazine illustrations. As a publisher, he founded the international newsstand entertainment magazine PREVUE—with its impressive 25-year run—and, as its editor-designer, explored a multitude of on-set Hollywood productions, conducted hundreds of superstar interviews, and penned more than three million words for the periodical.
He collaborated with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to create the initial production illustrations for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, and was among the first to be hired by Francis Ford Coppola for BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, on which he was Project Conceptualist. He has been a scriptwriter for Warner Bros. JUSTICE LEAGUE TV series, and worked with numerous filmmakers, including Oliver Stone and Tim Burton.
Along the way, he has been a musician, photographer, male model, ad agency art director, sideshow fire-eater, typographer, magician, designer, publisher...the list goes on. From magic to comic art to commercial design, he has won numerous awards in every field of endeavor, in both Europe and America. Steranko has exhibited his work at more than 300 international exhibitions, including the Louvre in Paris. He served as Creative Consultant for the History Channel's two-hour documentary COMIC-BOOK SUPERHEROES—UNMASKED, appeared in Starz network's COMICBOOKS UNBOUND, received the prestigious Julie Award for his Lifetime Contribution to the Fantastic Arts, and was inducted into the 2006 Eisner Hall of Fame.
His Season One AGENTS OF SHIELD reviews for THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER site generated a record number of hits, while ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’s 2014 double-sized summer edition showcased Steranko in their biggest feature ever published on a comics creator. And he’s still the best-dressed man in comics!
Jim Steranko will be at the following events
1973 SUPERGIRLS: CALENDAR PLATE (February) THE BLACK CAT: STERANKO
Owner: Doug Edelman
Peace Mister by Steranko
Owner: Albert Moy
Owner: Albert Moy
Nick Fury #7 cover by Steranko
Owner: Albert Moy
* These examples are courtesy of Comicartfans.