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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

POST # 3 - STERANKO's Chandler

My friends, tomorrow is the birthday of one of the icons of the comic art world, one of my personal hero's, and perhaps my favorite artist of all-time.  On November 5th, 1938, Jim Steranko was born, and soon after would change the face of comics, art, and design forever. His name has become synonymous with artistic excellence, and the epitome of power in design. The former magician and escape-artist who went on to turn the comic book industry upside down drawing NICK FURY in the 60's, has consistently led the pack at what ever he attempted. Truly one of our modern masters, it is with great joy and honor that we here wish jaunty JIM STERANKO the best of birthdays, and wishes for all the best, all year long!

Alas, my friends, I do not have for you the entire CHANDLER story at this time. But for now, we can enjoy a few of Steranko's beautiful images. As astute observers may be aware, I have taken the liberty of utilizing a number of striking Steranko images to dress up this blog. Indeed, when one thinks of masters of black and white art, the name of Jim Steranko must certainly rise to the top of the list. No one knows how to compose a scene like Steranko, and his work on CHANDLER : RED TIDE stands as an incredible standard of black and white noir illustration.

 While some of the Steranko images adorning this site were scanned from STERANKO: Graphic Prince Of Darkness and STERANKO - ARTE NOIR from Dark Horse Comics, the bulk of images for this post are respectfully 'borrowed' from a newly discovered website(click here) devoted to Steranko's art, including RED TIDE, arguably the very first graphic novel, published originally in 1976 by Pyramid books. (If anyone out there has an extra copy, please contact me!) For now, feast your eyes on these masterpieces of black and white graphic design by the one and only -  
(click on image to reveal the beauty!)



  1. Apocolyte: One of my favs as well. Those frist two or three panels you've posted are even beautiful for Steranko. God, what talent. One of the greatest stylists that ever dipped pen in ink. MAn, could he work those blacks. Thanks for sharing, and Happy Birthday to Mr. Steranko! -- Mykal

  2. Karswell, Mykal -
    I appreciate your comments...grab a piece of birthday cake! There's ice cream later!

    As usual, Mykal, I tend to agree with you about those powerful Steranko images, and those first three? I can stare at the first one for minutes and still not notice the figure hiding behind the door! What a creative artist!

  3. We will be posting a new feature soon on Steranko's Forgotten Masterpiece - Repent Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman. We will be focusing more on the black and white images than the 3D images originally printed in The Illustrated Harlan Ellison.

  4. Steranko's Forgotten Masterpiece - Repent Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman is now up at The Drawings of Steranko. Click on my name to view.

  5. Steranko always amazed me when I was younger. He was part of this group of artists who started with Kirby then went off in amazing directions-Barry Smith, Paul Gulacy are two others but Steranko reigns supreme. Noir to the max.

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