Strange Tales #158 - Jim Steranko art

Strange Tales v1 #158 featuring Nick Fury & Doctor Strange, 1967 - Still trapped on Hydra Island, Nick Fury has his final confrontation with the merciless Baron Strucker. Jim Steranko's frenetic pages are tempered by a handful of brief sequences, slowing the pace as needed (see interior page below). Amid all the action and excitement, the artist's finest moment is the opening splash, depicting a triumphant Strucker lifting a nearly defeated Fury. Other artists in this issue include Marie Severin and Herb Trimpe. This is number 8 of 18 Strange Tales issues with Steranko art and/or covers.
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Strange Tales v1 #158 nick fury shield comic book page art by Jim Steranko
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  1. At this point I'm not sure I would call Steranko's art "typical Marvel"- just compare it to the Marie Severin cover shown. There still is a noticeable Kirby influence, especially in Fury's unnaturally contorted body. Steranko continued to push human anatomy for dynamic purposes, and he did get better at it. You can see it in his Captain America art.

  2. I agree. During the 1960s, the Kirby style was the preferred Marvel in-house style, for all practical purposes. Steranko, like many of their artists, used Kirby as a reference and influence. Thankfully, Steranko found his own unique voice toward the end of his Strange Tales run.