Thursday

Steranko Uncensored

Jim Steranko’s artwork proved to be a bit too sexy for Marvel in 1968, when the company was operating under the censorious Comics Code Authority. He left the comics industry soon after, due in large part to frustration over the changes made to his finished drawings by Marvel staffers.

I have endeavored to reverse the change made in one famous example, the full-body shot of Contessa Valentina Allegra de La Fontaine on page 5 of the “Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” story in Strange Tales #168. Here is the page as Steranko intended for it to be seen.




The page as published by Marvel in the May 1968 issue:




Steranko’s uncensored version of Val’s derriere was revealed in the Spring 1989 issue of Betty Pages magazine. The online version can be found here.