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5.0 out of 5 stars Bond, pop art, style AND substance, 15 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: S.H.I.E.L.D. by Jim Steranko: The Complete Collection (Paperback)
Steranko was the Andy Warhol of Marvel comics, a hip young dude who was an artist, designer, musician and escape artist! His considerable reputation is built on a tiny number of comics that he wrote and drew and the majority of them are in this volume (he did a few issues of Captain America and X-Men, if you want to know). All the stories have been reprinted before, but with very poor colouring and printing. This volume does them justice, putting all the stories Steranko produced in the SHIELD series in one place, following his colouring notes, using the right paper etc. In essence, Steranko took over a series which was a very obvious clone of James Bond (Nick Fury, before he was ret-conned as a black guy)and redesigned it with exquisite layouts and graphic effects, super-slick artwork and stylish, sexy stories where Fury goes up against HYDRA (not bad), the Yellow Claw (pretty good, if a bit racist) and then four full-length stories which are superb - two of which feature the mystery villain Scorpio. Don't worry about the plot or dialogue, just immerse yourself in the gorgeoous artwork and enjoy the narrative style which oozes from every panel. Steranko is one of a kind and has been aped by many artists since (Paul Gulacy particularly). Look at the iconic cover to SHIELD 4 - how many times has this idea been copied since? I suppose this is the sincerest form of flattery, but treat yourself to the original - a TRUE original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all., 14 Nov. 2014
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More of a Kirby/Ditko fan myself, but there is no denying Jim Sterankos talent. There is a lot to like here and the comics are fun to read, although it sometimes reminds me of the pulps from the 30's and 40's.

near enough to genius without actually being genius.
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