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Jim Steranko

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Jim Steranko

Cover of Genii (1962)
BornNovember 05, 1938
Reading, Pennsylvania

CategoriesBooks by Jim Steranko

James Steranko (b. November 5, 1938) is an amateur magician, graphic artist, comic book writer-artist-historian, publisher, and film production illustrator.[1]

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.

Steranko contributed articles on card magic and escapes to Genii magazine. He was on the cover of Genii 1962 November, which was devoted to his card magic, and the Genii 1964 October issue featured his escape magic.

He did the artwork for Kort is in Session by Milton Kort, and a reissue of Lessons in Dishonesty by Laurie Ireland.

He was editor and publisher of "Prevue", a magazine covering all aspects of the visual media.



  1. Cover, Genii 1962 November
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