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 From the cinema to comics, STERANKO is synonymous with the American hero.
    While most artists struggle for a lifetime to evolve a personal idiom, Steranko literally morphs his style with each assignment—not as variations, but radical, new approaches. He flunked high-school art classes, yet mastered techniques so diverse it seems impossible to believe that the man who painted several hundred hardbound and paperback book covers in a profusion of genres, created the psycho-architectonic OUTLAND film adaptation; the Harlan Ellison 3-D TICKTOCKMAN Portfolio; the production illustrations for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK; the first, modern graphic novel CHANDLER; the SHIELD techno-thrillers for Marvel Comics; and more than 5,000 PREVUE MAGAZINE pages are even the same individual! 
   He cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts with a series of kaleidoscopic careers as a musician (he gigged with Bill Haley and the Comets in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll and put the first go-go girls onstage); a magician (who developed a score of revolutionary close-up card techniques); a pop-culture authority (his two HISTORY OF COMICS volumes were the first written about the medium, and sold more than 100,000 copies each); a filmmaker (Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola chose him to collaborate on some of their most celebrated movies); an escape artist (his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle and, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, was the man upon whom the protagonist of his book THE AMAZING  ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & KLAY was based); and side-show fire-eater, male model, photographer, ad agency art director, stand-up comic, typographer, carnival pitchman, publisher, designer...and more.
   WIZARD magazine credited Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Comics Artist in the history of the form—a stunning achievement considering that his total contribution is only 29 stories, all done a half-century ago. As the writer-artist of SHIELD, Captain America, and X-Men for Marvel, he created 150 narrative Innovations never seen previously in comics, introduced the Noir element to the four-color form, then painted a multitude of movie posters, record album and book covers, including 30 Shadow paperbacks. As the editor-publisher of the entertainment magazine PREVUE, he penned more than three million words for the periodical.
    In addition to painting numerous movie posters, he was assigned by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to create the initial production illustrations for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, and to design the classic look of Indiana Jones. Additionally, Steranko also collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola on DRACULA, and was subsequently the first to be hired on MEGALOPOLIS, which has been hailed as Coppola’s consummate cinematic achievement.
   From magic to narrative art to commercial design, he has won numerous awards in every field of endeavor, and exhibited his work at more than 400 international exhibitions, including Paris’ Louvre. His one-man show at the Winnipeg Museum & Art Gallery garnered more media attention than any other, and for which he was awarded the Key to the City at a ceremony in the mayor's office. The show subsequently toured Canada for three years.
    As Guest of Honor at Spain's 2002 Semana Negra Cultural Festival, his work was the subject of a massive one-man exhibition (160 works, sponsored by the Gijon Museum of Modern Art, and that commandeered an entire pavilion attended by 100,000 people daily—for ten days). In 2022, he became the first pop-culture artist to break into the Fine Art field with a massive, three-month, one-man, exhibit at the prestigious Butler Museum of American Art. He is currently prepping AN EVENING WITH STERANKO for live theatrical venues across the country.
   Over the past several decades, he has amassed more than 120 highly-commercial Intellectual Properties—his Theatre of Concepts—which range from children’s interactive entertainments to high-action adult digital gaming, from science fiction to the supernatural to superheroes. His vision is to shape, structure, and synthesize character-driven projects with state-of-the-art electronic processes—and technology that will be developed for the World of Tomorrow. And he’s still the best-dressed man in illustration.

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