Jim Steranko is an artistic visionary. As an illustrator, musician, art director, magician, fire-eater, designer, escape artist, filmmaker, pop-culture lecturer, and publisher, Steranko has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts. The more than 100 innovations he created as artist-writer on Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America, and X-MEN revolutionized the comics form and earning the artist lasting acclaim for his innovations in sequential art particularly his infusion of surrealism, op art, and graphic design into the medium. As an illustrator, he has also painted a multitude of book covers, record jackets, and movie posters, including 30 Shadow paperbacks.
He has shown his work at more than 200 exhibitions worldwide, including the Louvre in Paris and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. His two volumes of The History of Comics have sold more than 100,000 copies and as editor-publisher of the international entertainment magazine PREVUE, he conducted hundreds of star 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 movies. In particular, Steranko was instrumental in the formation of the look of Spielberg’s Indiana Jones character. Steranko has been cited by Michael Chabon as an inspiration for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Jack Kirby as inspiration for Mister Miracle, and, by WIZARD as one of the Top Five Most Influential Comicbook Artists of All Time.
He was inducted into the comic-book industry’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006. and his art continues to wow audiences including recent covers to DC’s Before Watchman series, Rorschach.