Jim Steranko‘s work on Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD is a high-water mark for funnybook art, mixing pop-art style with Kirbyesque grandeur and an unbeatable graphic design sense. Any number of images from this run have been reproduced and homaged half to death, but one of my all-time favorite Steranko SHIELD spreads isn’t seen that often. So I thought I’d share it with you tonight:
I love how much Steranko’s Dr. Doom is modeled after Jack Kirby’s, of course, but the real attraction here is The Prime Mover. He’s a great weird robot; the Mandala-for-a-head thing is classic Steranko, but I’m also quite taken with the way his abdomen seems to be made of nothing but a burst of light. What puts him over the top for me, though, is how his head becomes the center around which the background machinery rotates, transforming some merely awesome Kirbyesque machinery into an MC Escher impossible drawing.