JIM STERANKO is a powerhouse of graphics innovation whose legacy is continually reflected today.
One of his most iconic works is the cover to "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D" #4 (September, 1968).
This has become a classic work of Pop Art. It came from varied inspirations, and continually inspires many tributes.
Steranko looked for inspiration in all other media to expand the comics palette.
He was responding to the latest advances made in the arts, film, magazines, and graphics.
From the fine arts scene he admired Pop Art, Op Art, and collage.
One certain influence on his Nick fury work -and the entire era- is the JAMES BOND films, with their stylish Pop opening titles (Maurice Binder), gargantuan layered sets (Ken Adam), and male power fantasies.
"007 -gun barrel main titles", 1963.
He favored the bold modernist graphics of film posters.
All of these influences were also reflected in the magazine and poster art of the celebrated BOB PEAK.
Distill this Molotov cocktail, shaken not stirred, and you get a unique masterpiece.
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Steranko's cover has been homaged many times by artists since.
(the Samuel Jackson version of Nick Fury)
channeling Bob Peak.