Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Bit Of: Steranko - Our Love Story #5

Steranko's work back in the early 1970's was starting to wind down, before his final disagreement with Stan made him completely walk away. The last three short stories that he did for Marvel are fascinating, and among my favorite work of his. In particular, the Tower of Shadows #1 short story, is a devastating tour de force of pacing, lighting and narrative flexibility that has been equaled very few times in the last 40 years. Its that good.

Less well known is his attempt to re-invent the visual language of the romance story, and the short from Our Love #5 is an interesting stab at it. This is the first time I've ever seen a color guide from that story, a perfect example of how they called out the CMYK values back in the day. Take a little peak behind the curtain....


Alex Sheikman said...

Loved seeing the GI Joe and the Captain America pieces (too bad you never finished Cap...maybe going in with white highlights on the Skull would fix him and you can get inspired and finish the whole piece?)
The Whiteboard project is amazing...and looks hard :)
Steranko is also amazing...especially since he build his 40 year convention going gig on just over 100 pages of work :)

inkdestroyedmybrush said...

I remember Alan Weiss saying once, that after Kirby, you had the two stars: Adams and Steranko; the illustrator and the designer and everybody picked one.

I'll do the cap one again, but better. I need a large, sexy sharon carter to balance the composition i think. Plus, she'll be a sexy sharon carter!