- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics; 1st edition (November 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785107479
- ISBN-13: 978-0785107477
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Paperback – November 1, 2001
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Included in this collection are "Strange Tales" 150-168, which provides one of the greatest examples of artistic growth ever seen in the field of comic books (Barry Windsor-Smith's legendary run on "Conan the Barbarian" is the only other example on the same plateau). Here we have Nick Fury's one-man assault on Hydra and the epic battle with the Yellow Claw. Early in the Sixties Marvel had labeled its comics as "Pop Art," in a feeble attempt to market themselves as more than just comics for kids. Well, when Steranko started incorporating elements from the psychedelic films and art of the time you could argue he achieved "Pop Art" in comics. Steranko used photography, optical art effects and unorthodox page designs to create his own unique style. Ultimately, his work had much more to do with cutting-edge cinema than it did with traditional comic books, which is why his reputation endures.Read more ›
It is great to have the stories in one volume. After more than thirty years, they hold up wonderfully as entertainment and as models of innovative storytelling for the critical reader. The only drawback is that the color printing in this volume is not quite as good as in the original comic books.
This poor anthology tries its damnedest to hide all of these qualities. The black lines are muddy, and the halftone is rolled into this mud - and utterly lost. The original color has been discarded and replaced with an amateurish, over-saturated, dark, contemporary approach. It attempts to throw a "realistic" dimensional spin on what were designed as the flattish pop art offspring of Roy Lichtenstein and Jack Kirby.
Neither the layouts nor the black line of the art can overcome this wet blanket - and the result looks like any generic Marvel art from the 1960s.
If your interest is Steranko's art, avoid this book like the plague. It will just make you sad and mad. Wait for a Marvel Masterworks or Omnibus edition, which will probably get it right.
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This volume collects Jim Steranko's runs on Nick Fury's Strange Tale's stories. The book begins with Strange Tales #150 and #151 Steranko began to transition into becoming the... Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
Despite the title, this is not actually a collection of the "Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD" series from 1968, instead it is a collection of the Fury stories in issues 150-168 of... Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Arch Stanton
Steranko's stature as a giant among comic artists (despite quite limited output) makes this collection a must own for any fan of the comicbook medium. Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Hwy61Joe
I bought this because Steranko's work of the late 60's inspired me to become a graphic designer and artist - I'm still at it 44 years later! Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Peter Dixon
If your a fan of Nick Fury , SHIELD comics , this is the book for you ! It contains many of the early Fury SHEILD issues , that are drawn by the Guy who made Nick Fury agent of... Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Snake Pisken
Sometimes you have to just suck it up. The paper is decent quality, nothing like you would find in a Masterworks series. Read morePublished on December 27, 2008 by LJP
I have to echo the other comments that reviewers have made on this book. The stories are great and brought back a lot of childhood memories. Read morePublished on December 16, 2008 by K. Kan