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S.H.I.E.L.D. by Jim Steranko: The Complete Collection Paperback – 24 Sep 2013
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The Masterworks require purchase of three volumes to collect all the Steranko Nick Fury artwork so this TPB version was much cheaper and contained all of Steranko's Nick Fury work in one book.
Calling the paper newsprint is not completely accurate. It is much higher grade than the original comic book paper that these stories first appeared in. While the paper is not as heavy as the Masterworks Hardcovers it is not flimsy. The paper has a slight gloss with a matte like appearance. No bleed-through or any other sign of cheap paper. The paper does a good job of capturing the appearance of the original artwork without making it too cartoony which happens with some high gloss paper. This version book is a good compromise for those wanting full coverage of Jim Sternako's Nick Fury work.
I recommend also MARVEL VISIONARIES: JIM STERANKO from Amazon as well for his take on Captain America.
Of Jim Steranko's other offerings from Amazon, I would be eager to see his 2 volume [of 3?] HISTORY OF COMICS be reprinted in a more affordable [possibly combined] edition for today's audience. I also eagerly await his RED TIDE, reworked from his 1976 CHANDLER novel in Fiction Illustrated Volume 3, to finally see print. It has been listed on Amazon for years as unavailable. In the meantime, please savor Steranko's run on S.H.I.EL.D. as one of the graphic highlights of latter half of the 20th century.
The stories? Pretty good (although I thought the "Hound of the Baskervilles" rip off was weak) and the first 70 per cent is a dual mag with Dr. Strange. I didn't find them as engaging as watching the development of Nick Fury, but it's interesting. It includes one artist I thought didn't do the good doctor justice (Marie Severin) and plots not as good as the early Steve Ditko years. Both heroes got their own books after this, and I do have a Dr. Strange collection to get to, so we'll see. Highly recommended with art far ahead of its time. Plus it has all the tropes of the secret agent genre, cool gadgets, awesome cars, beautiful women, and hard charging agents against pure evil.
I mean, what more do you want?