A handsome, new volume celebrating the life and work of Jim Steranko, whom one of its contributors calls a "paragon of modern heroic mythology," has been published by Vanguard Productions. The massive book incorporates eleven detailed chapters of behind-the-scenes stories, historic documentation, personal anecdotes, and analytical insights about the controversial artist-writer-performer, and is annotated by J. David Spurlock and Angel de la Calle, with additional essays scribed especially for the book by a host of internationally-renowned authors, critics, and pop-culture writers, including Michael Chabon, the Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
STERANKO: ARTE NOIR is the largest and most comprehensive collection of the
controversial creator's work ever published, packed with classic, new, and
rare art, including hundreds of color and B&W images spanning the full
range of his career-from comics to book covers, trading cards to
limited-edition prints, film production illustrations to movie posters-many
never before compiled in book form.
The hefty 8 x 10" volume features 200 pages of Steranko visual magic in a
high-quality, perfect-bound deluxe format, printed on 80-pound coated matte
stock with a heavy, full-color, laminated card stock cover with flaps, and
housed in a hard-surfaced leatherette, crimson-foil embossed slipcase. Each
copy has been personally autographed by Steranko.
Recently, Steranko was voted in the CBG Millenium Poll as the 5th Most
Important Cover Artist of All Time and Wizard honored him as the 5th Most
Influential Comics Creator since the form evolved in the 1930s.
As a musician, art director, magician, photographer, fire-eater, designer,
escape artist, filmmaker, pop-culture lecturer, and publisher, Steranko has
cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts. The innovations he
created as artist-writer on Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America, and
X-Men titles revolutionized the comics form and, as an illustrator, he
painted a multitude of movie posters, record albums, and book covers,
including 30 Shadow paperbacks.
He has shown his work at more than 200 exhibitions worldwide, including the
Louvre, and his original ar
t has sold at major auction houses in the
$10-20,000 range. His two volumes of THE HISTORY OF COMICS have sold more
than 100,000 copies each and as the editor-publisher of the international
newsstand entertainment magazine PREVUE, he conducted hundreds of superstar
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.
STERANKO: ARTE NOIR features a myriad of insights into his kaleidoscopic
careers and is heavily illustrated with hundreds of images, including
visualizations of Indiana Jones, Batman, Conan, Luke Skywalker, Superman,
Sherlock Holmes, The Phantom, and many others. Recently, Steranko was voted
in the CBG Millenium Poll as the 5th Most Important Cover Artist of All
Time and Wizard honored him as the 5th Most Influential Comics Creator
since the form evolved in the 1930s.
In July, 2001, Steranko was Guest of Honor at Spain's gala Semana Negra
festival of the arts, a multi-cultural event, which ran for ten days and
showcased the largest exhibition of his work ever shown in Europe, with
well over a 1,000,000 in attendance. In addition to functioning as a career
retrospective, STERANKO: ARTE NOIR, sponsored by the Gijon Museum of Modern
Art, also served as the show's exhibition catalog and was produced with
bi-lingual text throughout.
Originally founded to celebrate M
ystery Literature, the festival's title
roughly translates to Festival of Darkness. Extending from
July 5-14, the ten-day celebration focused on a wide variety of cultural
arts and activities. Italian, French, German, Spanish, American, and
Latin-American publications, radio, and TV stations covered and
participated in the event. In recent years, the Discovery Channel produced
a program on Semana Negra and The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and
The Washington Post have all reported on the festival.
STERANKO: ARTE NOIR is limited to 3000 copies worldwide,
with no other
VANGUARD PRODUCTIONS (with Semena Negra)
STERANKO: ARTE NOIR
The publisher has a limited number of remaining copies,
which were slightly marred during overseas shipping,
which are available at
$100.00 + $9.00 S/H
Send payment to:
575 Prospect Street, Suite 301
Lakewood, NJ 08701
"The covers are scuffed-up, but most have perfect insides and perfect slipcases" said the book's co-author and Publisher, J. David Spurlock. Vanguard has already turned down attempts to reorder from Diamond, FM, and other distributors. "We expect the book to start selling over retail on the collectors market as soon as people realize its scarcity" added Spurlock.
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