Friday, March 17, 2017

Nick Fury, Agent of Shield #5 - Jim Steranko art & cover

Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #5 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Jim Steranko
Nick Fury, Agent of S.h.i.e.l.d. v1 #5, 1968 - In Jim Steranko's final tale for the series, the opening splash depicts household objects on a breakfast table, flanked by a high-tech gun. The artist places the story title into the newspaper headline. Though often used, this technique has rarely been as well executed as in this case. An attractive black and white photo-montage appears on page four, but it briefly interrupts the visual flow and pacing. A double page spread depicts a wide array of forms and shapes within a technologically advanced setting. Most effective is the arrival of the antagonist Scorpio on pages 6-8, where Steranko cleverly uses mind-numbing optical patterns. His cover, carrying over some of the interior symbolism, is yet another standout for the series. This story was later reprinted in Nick Fury v2 #2. This is number 5 of 7 Nick Fury issues with Steranko art and/or covers.
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Steranko cover pencils and inks = ****
"Whatever Happened to Scorpio?"
Steranko story pencils (John Tartag inks) 20 pages = ****

Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #4 1960s marvel comic book page art by Jim Steranko
Jim Steranko

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