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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (16 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785135030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785135036
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,994,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was a bit reluctant to shell out on this lovely book because I own the original comics in any case. However, I succumbed to temptation. Seeing it printed crisply and with vivid colour (something some might criticise but which is easy to get used to - I can happily switch between the more faithful DC reproduction format and Marvel's lurid style) and, best of all, without the endless advertising which occupies about 50% of the originals, I can now nonchalantly thumb through the whole oeuvre (well, most of it) and enjoy the eye candy. Steranko's style was quite crude back then, and sometimes the inking didn't help much - even Bill Everett failed to iron out some of the roughness and seemed to be a bit lost by the pencilling - but as a whole, they sit together as a romp through pulp fiction and Golden Age comic worlds with a nod to cinema. The scripting is corny as hell, and horribly macho, but who cares? This collection is a unapologetic refinement of the unreadable trash produced in the Golden Age and, despite its flaws, paid back my investment several times over.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f11321c) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x8f119c60) out of 5 stars All Steranko. 'Nuff said. 22 April 2012
By Reader from the North - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The first SHIELD Masterwork introduced the reader to Nick Fury repackaged from WWII as a modern spy in Marvel's attempt to capture some of the interest in the James Bond-fad of the mid 1960s. Steranko began his work in that volume, but now he takes over with a wild energy rarely seen before in comics. He pushes the art in all sorts of directions and actually writes dialogue and script that reads more like a novel than the typical comic. This volume collects the best of his series. Though a few Steranko issues will appear in the next volume, this is the one that is all Steranko.

As for the quality of reproduction, it has the same glossy paper of the other Masterworks. As for the coloring, it is closer to the original than the "modernized" coloring that appeared in the Marvel reprints of a few years ago. This preserves more of Steranko's original work.
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HASH(0x8f11d084) out of 5 stars Lots of Steranko in a nicely packaged book 9 Dec. 2013
By Mister V - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I missed out on the early Steranko work for Marvel so this was a book that I really wanted.
I had high expectations based on the Steranko work that I had already read and this was not a disappointment.
The book itself was nicely packaged and the coloring which comes out 'bolder' on fine paper instead of the cheap comicbook paper of that time looked great.
My only complaint is that the last Steranko issue (#5) was not included in Vol. 2 and I had to buy Masterworks SHIELD 3 to complete the Steranko run. But that volume can be found fairly cheaply and does include a Barry Windsor Smith issue along with some creative Frank Springer issues so I can't complain too much.
If you are a Steranko fan then I also recommend Masterworks Captain America Vol. 3 which has a mini-run of Steranko issues that is very nice.
HASH(0x8f119e70) out of 5 stars Steranko's Genius 22 Jan. 2014
By James D. Summar - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great look at Jim Steranko's take on Nick Fury in his classic Strange Tales run. If you're a Nick Fury fan or a Jim Steranko fan, this is worth the read. The introduction from Steranko is particularly interesting and getting to see the art and panels in nice, crisp color, as if the comics had come fresh off the newsstands, is a treat as well.
HASH(0x8f11d0c0) out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Aug. 2015
By Don Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book
HASH(0x8f11d4b0) out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Sept. 2014
By JRR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Good Book
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