Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Our Love Story #5 - Jim Steranko art


Our Love Story v1 #5, 1970 - An aspiring actress goes to Hollywood, only to fall for a handsome young director. Jim Steranko's one and only romance tale has a noticeably different approach than his other Marvel works. He emphasizes line and shape rather than gradations and modeling, resulting in flatter, more design-oriented layouts. There are references to art deco, psychedelia and mod fashions with resemblances to 1960s artist Peter Max. Steranko is brilliant in his layout and pacing, consistent with his other works of the same era. The artist courageously tries something new (and succeeds) while staying faithful to the romance genre. This story has also been reprinted in My Love #23 and (of all places) Captain America Special Edition #2. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema and Gene Colan, both of whom display some of their finest work. This is number 1 of 1 Our Love Story issues with Steranko art and/or covers.
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"My Heart Broke In Hollywood" Steranko story pencils and inks 7 pages = ****


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2 comments:

  1. Steranko drew this story in the style of Peter Max, famous '60s poster artist, and also borrowed a bit from magazine illustrator Bernard Fuchs. Beautiful design work throughout.

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  2. No doubt Max had an influence on many artists in across different media, as did the 1960s pop art movement in general. This story is clearly drawn in the style of the times. Fuchs, on the other hand, I find more difficult to see the connection. His realistic and painterly illustration seems like a different animal. Perhaps you're referring to a common design sensibility rather than draftsmanship? I was initially shocked that Steranko opted for this approach as it seemed very different from his other works. Today I have a better appreciation. The style may have been better suited to the genre and its female audience (lighter, friendlier) while aspiring to be more "hip". Recently, I have been surprised and delighted to discover some beautiful efforts by Colan and Buscema in these early bronze romance issues.

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