Monday, February 10, 2014

Comics: Reading Steranko

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Jim Steranko was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on November 5, 1938. His name appeared, many times, in the local newspaper, Reading Eagle.

December 21, 1947
“Glenside Cubs Attend Party”

Christmas party...A western movie was shown by James Steranko...

January 21, 1954
“Tenth Graders Present Talent Show at Northwest School”
…James Steranko and Jeanette Trader, a magic act…

January 29, 1954
“Hungry Club Sees Amateur Magicians”
...James Steranko, a pupil at Northwest Junior High School...staged an exhibition...J.P. Costello, president, took Steranko into cub membership...

February 6, 1954
“Escape Artist Shows Police His Talent”
...The Northwest Junior High School tenth grader, an amateur magician who has been practicing the art for only six months, awed city police with his escape demonstrations yesterday...

February 7, 1954
“Magicians Plan Series of Shows”
...J.R. Snell...was assisted by James Steranko, 15-year-old Northwest Junior High School pupil who recently mystified city police with his handcuff escapes feats...

February 11, 1954
“Junior Magicians Plan Organization Here”
James Steranko...Teen Magic Club...
“First Annual Gymboree Set at Central YMCA Friday Night”
...James Steranko, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Steranko, 118 Luzerne St., billed as the “jail-breaker and handcuff king,” also will be featured.

April 23, 1954
“Gymboree Staged at Central YMCA”
...James Steranko, 15-year-old magician, escaped from a straight jacket while hanging from his feet. He also freed himself from approximately 35 feet of rope binding in less than two minutes.

July 20, 1954

“Special Events in Wilkes-Barre Series”
…stuntman Jimmy Steranko will permit himself to be buried alive in sand for 20 minutes...

November 30, 1954
“Hi-Y Inducts 37 Members at Meeting”
The Hi-Y Club of Reading High School last night inducted 37 new members during a special session in the school’s music room....James Steranko...

October 2, 1955
“The Walsh Line”
Columnist John F. Walsh profiled Steranko

February 3, 1956
“Trio Held for Thefts”
Front page article concludes on page 22; Steranko, not mentioned by name, was referred to as “an amateur magician and escape artist”; see Gettysburg Times article, “Admit Stealing 25 Cars in State”

April 22, 1959
“New Magician Group Names Council”
The Contemporary Magicians’ Club elected an executive council of three officers...James Steranko was elected secretary...

January 8, 1961
“Local Book Lists Card Tricks”
Steranko on Cards

May 1, 1965
“Advertising Agency Buys Building in Shillington”
Milford Associates, local advertising agency...James Steranko is associated as art director and production chief. Steranko gained recognition as illustrator and author previous to his two-year affiliation with Milford Associates.

February 5, 1967
“Reading Artist Leads a Busy Life Dealing With Superheroes in His Spare Time”
(page-and-a-third profile with photograph)

September 16, 1970
“The Passing Parade”
Steranko’s History of Comics mentioned

June 10, 1973

“James Steranko’s Artistic Success Predicted by Walsh”

May 24, 1980
“Sunday Preview”
Steranko’s Prevue magazine

May 25, 1980
“Steranko’s New Challenge”
Steranko profile and a look at Prevue magazine

May 24, 1981
“‘Outland’ Publicity Campaign Includes Steranko Adaptation”

Steranko adaptation of Outland

June 14, 1981
“Steranko Art Helped Sell ‘Raiders’”
Steranko art for Raiders of the Lost Ark

August 20, 1981
Q. Some information please about the Berks County artist that helped make “Raiders of the Lost Ark” such a hot film?

February 21, 1982
Prevue magazine coverage of Videodrome.

November 15, 1992
“Reading artist has a stake in ‘Dracula’”
Steranko art for Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula

February 5, 2006
“Art council announces Berks Movie Madness festival”
...Among those scheduled to participate are...production designer/writer/producer Jim Steranko...

September 12, 2006
“Berks film festival set for mid-October”
...The legendary Jim Steranko will also be appearing on Oct. 9. Steranko is best known for his work in comic books during the 1960s, when he illustrated and wrote for “X-Men,” “Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD” and “Captain America”...

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