Read Alex Grand’s Understanding Superhero Comic Books published by McFarland Books in 2023 with Foreword by Jim Steranko with editorial reviews by comic book professionals, Jim Shooter, Tom Palmer, Tom DeFalco, Danny Fingeroth, Alex Segura, Carl Potts, Guy Dorian Sr. and more.
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Star Studded 16, 1969 is a fantastic “Amateur Magazine” containing very early work by Jim Starlin, as well as a Ditko style adventure by Dennis Fujitake, and a pre-professional pin-up by Dave Cockrum amongst alot of other content. It really is a wonderful lens into some very creative comic/magazine work of the late 1960s/Silver Age. Also, anything with Starlin and Cockrum is fantastic. Jim Starlin was penciling art for Howard Keltner’s Star Studded Comics as early as 1967, and in 1970 started work on Keltner’s Dr. Weird with writer George R R Martin.
Here is Jim Starlin’s short story about post apocalyptic Armageddon in issue 16. It’s early and rough form of his art, but shows an unbridled imagination just beginning to discover his talent.
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