When Jim Steranko jumped to Marvel from the advertising world, he brought a very different style of illustration with him. He started out inking Kirby on the SHIELD strip in Strange Tales he was soon writing as well as drawing the series. Stan Lee had his faults, but he could certainly recognize talent.
Following the defeat of Them and the Secret Empire, Lee brought back Hydra. Not only that, it turns out the real Supreme Hydra isn’t the guy they originally busted but Nick’s old WW II sparring partner, Baron Strucker.
The following issue, Hydra’s doomsday weapon wipes out that sinister syndicate for all time (yeah, I know). In #159 we start fresh: Fury’s core team get new assignments and we meet Nick’s future lover, Contessa Valentina de Fontaine. And as promised on the cover, there’s a fight with Captain America to demonstrate combat techniques to SHIELD trainees.I was going to write a detailed post about the issue but I think I’m going to go with some visuals instead. First, Nick’s very contemporary apartment.Then a shot of SHIELD’s training center.And finally Cap vs. Fury.I’ll be saying more about Jim Steranko, Auteur of SHIELD down the road. But for now this will have to suffice.
#SFWApro. All art by Steranko.