May 3, 2018
Between 1966 and 1970, Jim Steranko drew seven complete Marvel comic books — four issues of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and three of Captain America — and stories in 22 other issues. Comics artists have been drawing tributes to his work ever since. Steranko is particularly known for his cover art, but this series spotlights other artists’ homages to his interior page design.
The earliest Steranko homage I’ve seen is Arnold Drake, Frank Springer and Tom Sutton’s parody of “Dark Moon Rise, Hell Hound Kill!” in Not Brand Echh #11, cover-dated December 1968, four months after Steranko’s original version had appeared in Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3. (By then, Springer had already taken over for Steranko as Nick Fury‘s artist.)
The “art-in-lettering” effect turned up again a year later in Gary Friedrich, Herb Trimpe and Sam Grainger’s opening page of Nick Fury #14, and reappeared in one of the earliest Black Panther solo stories, 1974’s Jungle Action #8, by Don McGregor, Rich Buckler and Klaus Janson. John Byrne’s opening page from 1984’s Alpha Flight #13 takes after the image in the “Dark Moon Rise” title splash, rather than its text. And a page from the sixth issue of last year’s Nick Fury series by James Robinson and ACO rearranges the whole composition.
MORE DOUGLAS WOLK: TAKING LIBERTIES series | STERANKOISMS series | MARVEL vs. MUSEUM series | LIMERICKANIA series | WTC WTF series | THAT’S GREAT MARVEL series | CARBONA YOUR ENTHUSIASM: “Soft South Africans” | SERIOCOMIC: Frank in the River | QUIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM: Family Fodder’s SAVOIR FAIRE | KIRB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: 2001: A Space Odyssey | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE: Portable Hairdryer | HERC YOUR ENTHUSIASM: Busy Bee’s “Cash Money” | KERN YOUR ENTHUSIASM: Todd Klone | HERMENAUTIC TAROT: Dexterity | Plus: HILO HERO items on Alex Toth, Kool Moe Dee, Sheila E., Rakim, and many others.
CURATED SERIES at HILOBROW: UNBORED CANON by Josh Glenn | CARPE PHALLUM by Patrick Cates | MS. K by Heather Kasunick | HERE BE MONSTERS by Mister Reusch | DOWNTOWNE by Bradley Peterson | #FX by Michael Lewy | PINNED PANELS by Zack Smith | TANK UP by Tony Leone | OUTBOUND TO MONTEVIDEO by Mimi Lipson | TAKING LIBERTIES by Douglas Wolk | STERANKOISMS by Douglas Wolk | MARVEL vs. MUSEUM by Douglas Wolk | NEVER BEGIN TO SING by Damon Krukowski | WTC WTF by Douglas Wolk | COOLING OFF THE COMMOTION by Chenjerai Kumanyika | THAT’S GREAT MARVEL by Douglas Wolk | LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE by Chris Spurgeon | IMAGINARY FRIENDS by Alexandra Molotkow | UNFLOWN by Jacob Covey | ADEQUATED by Franklin Bruno | QUALITY JOE by Joe Alterio | CHICKEN LIT by Lisa Jane Persky | PINAKOTHEK by Luc Sante | ALL MY STARS by Joanne McNeil | BIGFOOT ISLAND by Michael Lewy | NOT OF THIS EARTH by Michael Lewy | ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Colin Dickey | KEEPERS by Steph Burt | AMERICA OBSCURA by Andrew Hultkrans | HEATHCLIFF, FOR WHY? by Brandi Brown | DAILY DRUMPF by Rick Pinchera | BEDROOM AIRPORT by “Parson Edwards” | INTO THE VOID by Charlie Jane Anders | WE REABSORB & ENLIVEN by Matthew Battles | BRAINIAC by Joshua Glenn | COMICALLY VINTAGE by Comically Vintage | BLDGBLOG by Geoff Manaugh | WINDS OF MAGIC by James Parker | MUSEUM OF FEMORIBILIA by Lynn Peril | ROBOTS + MONSTERS by Joe Alterio | MONSTOBER by Rick Pinchera | POP WITH A SHOTGUN by Devin McKinney | FEEDBACK by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FTW by John Hilgart | ANNOTATED GIF by Kerry Callen | FANCHILD by Adam McGovern | BOOKFUTURISM by James Bridle | NOMADBROW by Erik Davis | SCREEN TIME by Jacob Mikanowski | FALSE MACHINE by Patrick Stuart | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | 12 MORE DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE (AGAIN) | ANOTHER 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | UNBORED MANIFESTO by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen | H IS FOR HOBO by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FRIDAY by guest curators