Cover of Genii (1962)
|Born||November 05, 1938|
James Steranko (b. November 5, 1938) is an amateur magician, graphic artist, comic book writer-artist-historian, publisher, and film production illustrator.
For the movie industry, Steranko produced a number of posters for various films, and was the conceptual artist on Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark, designing both the look of the film and the character of Indiana Jones.
He learned stage magic using paraphernalia from his father's stage act, and in his teens spent several summers with circuses and carnivals, working his way up to sideshow performer as a fire-eater and in acts involving a bed of nails and sleight-of-hand. At school, he competed on the gymnastics team, on the rings and parallel bars, and later took up boxing and, under swordmaster Dan Phillips in New York City, fencing. At 17,
By the late 1960s, Steranko was a member of a New York City magicians' group, the Witchdoctors Club.
He was editor and publisher of "Prevue", a magazine covering all aspects of the visual media.
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