COMIC BOOK LEGEND
As an illustrator, art director, magician, designer, photographer, musician, lecturer, escape artist, historian, and publisher, JIM STERANKO has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts.
As artist-writer of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America, and X-Men, he rocked the comic world with a revolutionary narrative approach that had never been explored before in comics' 35-year history and generated more than 150 original storytelling innovations that changed the direction of the medium. As an illustrator, he painted a multitude of movie posters, record albums, and book covers, including 30 Shadow paperbacks. He has shown his work at more than 200 exhibitions worldwide, including the Louvre. His two volumes of THE HISTORY OF COMICS have sold more than 100,000 copies each and, as the editor-publisher of the international newsstand entertainment magazine PREVUE, he conducted hundreds of superstar interviews and penned more than three million words. As a filmmaker, he has collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola on some of their most popular films.
JIM STERANKO is one of the most controversial figures in contemporary culture, with a dozen successful careers to his credit. From theatrical entertainer to creative entrepreneur, he has applied his vision to a multitude of mediums and formats, including films, graphic novels, role-playing games, magazines, comic books, animated TV series, trading cards, movie adaptations, historic documentaries, and electronic formats.
His two volumes of THE HISTORY OF COMICS have sold more than 100,000 copies each and are still the definitive resource of the four-color chronology. As an escape artist, his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle and, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, he was the man upon whom the protagonist of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & KLAY was based. His mastery of visual storytelling led to a motion-picture collaboration with famed French director Alain Resnais, made a longtime friend of filmmaker Federico Fellini, and connected him at Paramount Pictures with animation giants Shamus Culhane and Ralph Bakshi.
When Marvel Comics' Stan Lee assigned him to write and illustrate NICK FURY: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D., CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE HULK, and THE X-MEN (for which he created the classic title logo), he rocked the comics world with a revolutionary narrative approach, generating more than 150 original storytelling innovations that changed the direction of the medium. WIZARD magazine credited Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Comics Artist in the history of the form.
He soon began painting for science fiction, heroic fantasy, and adventure books—in addition to a multitude of movie posters, record albums, and magazine illustrations—and set what might be a world's record for visualizing more classic fictional heroic characters than any other artist, from Luke Skywalker to The Shadow, for which he painted 30 book covers. As a publisher, he created the international newsstand entertainment magazine PREVUE—with its impressive 25-year run—and, as its editor-designer, explored a multitude of on-set Hollywood productions, conducted hundreds of superstar interviews, and penned more than three million words for the periodical.
He collaborated with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to create the initial production illustrations for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and the look of Indiana Jones. He was hired by Francis Ford Coppola as the Project Conceptualist on DRACULA, and has also worked with other filmmakers, including Oliver Stone and Tim Burton.
Along the way, he has been a rock musician, photographer, male model, ad agency art director, sideshow fire-eater, typographer, publisher...the list goes on. From magic to comic art to commercial design, he has won numerous awards in every field of endeavor, in both Europe and America. He has frequently lectured on popular culture and has exhibited his work at more than 300 international exhibitions, including the Louvre in Paris. He served as Creative Consultant for the History Channel's two-hour documentary COMIC-BOOK SUPERHEROES—UNMASKED, received the prestigious Julie Award for his Lifetime Contribution to the Fantastic Arts, and was inducted into the 2006 Eisner Hall of Fame
His recent forays on Twitter, where he’s used the 140-character limitation to relate epic tales of his switchblade youth using what he calls TNT (Twitter Narrative Technique), has transformed the soundbite social medium into a Sunday night cultural slugfest.
And he's still the best-dressed man in comics!
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