DescriptionJim Steranko Alternate Unpublished Tower of Shadows #1 Cover Original Art (Marvel, c. 1969). More than any other comics creator, the art stylings of Steranko conjure up cutting-edge noir imagery, cinematic storytelling, and narrative experimentation. According to an in-depth Tower of Shadows article on Wikipedia, "'At the Stroke of Midnight', writer-artist Jim Steranko's lead story in the premiere issue (Sept. 1969), won a 1969 Alley Award for 'Best Feature Story.' Its creation had led to a rift between the celebrated Steranko and editor Lee that caused Steranko to stop freelancing for Marvel, the publisher that had showcased his highly influential work. Lee had rejected Steranko's cover (seen here), and the two clashed over panel design, dialog, and the story title, initially 'The Lurking Fear at Shadow House.' According to Steranko (at a 2006 panel and elsewhere), Lee disliked or did not understand the homage to horror author H. P. Lovecraft, and devised his own title for the story. After much conflict, Steranko either quit or was fired. Lee phoned him about a month later, after the two had cooled down, and Steranko would return to produce several covers for Marvel from 1972-73." This cover should certainly appeal to any fan of Steranko, whose entrance into the world of comics heralded new ways of telling a story, dynamic new designs in illustration and layout, and paved the way for more ambitious formats. This legendary, seldom-seen Marvel masterwork has an image area of 13.5" x 20", and aside from a stain or abrasion on the male figure's right arm, the art is in Very Good condition. Also included with the lot are five vellum overlays (for color effects), and a production note, hand-written and drawn by Steranko.
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