Fans of the innovative artist Jim Steranko will enjoy seeing the rerelease of The Nick Fury Artisan Edition from IDW.

This oversized edition is, as always, a collection of stories that have been photographed from the original publication art of the comic book source material. So, it’s large pages, without comic book colouring, with the linework by Steranko, the original lettering, but the blue line art corrections and border notes are still visible. And that’s what makes this series so amazing. In this case, we can read Jack Kirby’s original pencil notes, and see where figures and lettering were corrected. Plus, razor-sharp reproduction with no 1960s colour added.

The Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. collection by Steranko runs for the first 12 issues of his work, Strange Tales #151-162, and includes the covers. The early issues are laid out by Jack Kirby, whose influence is obvious. There is an interesting alchemy between the two artists, as Steranko gets his bearings.

The figures are outrageous, their anatomy is exaggerated, everyone is yelling, and it’s totally fun to read!

IDW, Jim Steranko’s Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artisan Edition. $175 for 186 pages

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!

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