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Shagadelic – Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #5

June 3, 2010

No deep analysis here — I just wanted to take a second and highlight a Jim Steranko cover that I really enjoy.  His work as both writer and artist on the salty, eye-patched Nick Fury character elevated the entire enterprise, and covers like this were so much fun and so reminiscent of the colorful and sexy James Bond credit montages of the time.  If it’s good enough for one superspy, it’s good enough for another. 

One thing I’ve always liked about Steranko’s covers is how he was never afraid to leave portions of the available space empty.  It reminds me of some counsel I once received on public speaking.  The advice was this — never be afraid to use silence as a tool to get your point across.  Don’t feel like you have to fill up every second with your voice, because a strategic pause can often be as effective as the spoken word in advancing your argument.

Look at all that white — Steranko seemed to grasp this wisdom and apply it to the visual arts.  Kudos to him for that.  Knowing when to shut up is hard, and so is knowing when to put the pencil and ink down.

I’ll shut up now.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2010 12:09 am

    It is really too bad Steranko didn’t do the cover to Our Love Story #5. The world would be a different place.

    • June 9, 2010 12:58 pm

      You could very well be right. It’s all the more galling because he so often did every task in a comic except chop down the trees and mill the paper.

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