Nick Fury, Agent of Shield #1 - Jim Steranko art & cover

Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #1 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Jim Steranko
Jim Steranko

Nick Fury, Agent of S.h.i.e.l.d. v1 #1, 1968 - After a respectable run as a co-feature in Strange Tales, Nick Fury graduates to his own full length series. Jim Steranko, who picked up the artistic reins on those later issues, continues as writer and illustrator. Bucking the trend of having the title character prominently enlarged on the cover, the artist opts to use building blocks as a metaphor for spy games. Various characters are scattered around them amidst relevant symbols and patterns. The dizzying op art pattern in the center brings the focal point to Nick Fury himself. Steranko begins with a stunning splash page inside, incorporating the story title into a large monolithic structure. The next three pages comprise of all silent panels, forcing the art to do the storytelling. The entire issue is executed brilliantly, making this one of the masterpieces of the late silver age. This story was later reprinted in Nick Fury v2 #1. This is number 1 of 7 Nick Fury issues with Steranko art and/or covers.
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Steranko cover pencils and inks = *****
"Who is Scorpio?"
Steranko story pencils (Joe Sinnott inks) 20 pages = ****

Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #1 1960s marvel comic book page art by Jim Steranko
Jim Steranko
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