Hey, Steranko fans!

Critical Mass Comics is proud to announce that they are facilitating a private signing with the legendary illustrator, Steranko!

(see important updates below - submission deadline extended!!)

STERANKO is one of the most controversial figures in contemporary culture, with careers as a musician, author, carnival fire-eater, publisher, male model, historian, magician, and designer. As an escape artist, his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle.

Stan Lee hailed him as one of the prime Architects of the Marvel Age. As writer-illustrator of X-MEN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, and the co-creator of NICK FURY: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D., he rocked the comic world with 150 original storytelling devices and techniques that changed the direction of the narrative medium. In 1975, he created RED TIDE, the First Modern Graphic Novel.

His work has been celebrated at more than 400 international events, including the Smithsonian in Washington, DC and the Louvre in Paris; and his two volumes of THE HISTORY OF COMICS have sold more than 100,000 copies each.

As a filmmaker, he collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas—for whom he created the look of Indiana Jones—and Francis Ford Coppola on some of their most popular films. His covers on ACTION 1000 and DETECTIVE 1000 set sales records. Recent polls cite Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Comics Artist in the history of the form.

In 2022, the Butler Institute of American Art exhibited 65 of his paintings (Steranko and the American Hero) for three months, the first national, major one-man show of its kind honoring a contemporary commercial artist in a fine-art museum.

And he's still the best dressed man in comics!


In addition to his signing, STERANKO is offering images of the character with which he is most associated—and that he calls FURY ICONS. The art is on (approx.) 7x10" VELLUM STOCK (each slightly different in size and detail). STERANKO will sign and/or inscribe the original with your first name in the lower central area. They will be provided ‘raw’ in double bags and boards; or can be certified by CGC (for the Signature Series fee) as shown below.

To order one of these special sketches contact:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scroll down for Submnission and pricing info!


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Steranko Private Signing Submission Instructions and Pricing Info


** For this CGC Authorized Facilitator event, you will have to ship submissions directly to Critical Mass Comics.

Critical Mass Comics must receive all submissions for this event by Friday, Oct. 6, 2023.



To submit books for the signing - (Updated 09/09/23):

  • Log into your account or sign up for a CGC account HERE  (you'll need at least an 'Associate' level account to proceed!)
  • Click ‘Submit’ in the CGC website navigation and select ‘Submission Forms’.
  • Next to Comics / Magazines, select Online Form. Click on ‘Start New Order’ and select Comic or Magazine from the ‘Select Collectible Type’ and Select ‘Signature Series Submission’ from the ‘Select Submission Type’ sections.
  • Then under ‘Select Submission Method’ section, select CGC Authorized Facilitator Event and Critical Mass Comics and STERANKO PRIVATE SIGNING from the dropdown menus in that section.
  • Under Services, select Grading and, if you would like it, Pressing.
  • Select the Grading Tier and enter the information requested for your comic (as you would for regular on-line submissions), and make sure to select an ‘Unsigned Grading Preference’.
  • Select Add to Cart, and then repeat if there are additional books in your submission. If there are no additional books in your submission, click on the cart icon and proceed to checkout.
  • Note: If you want to submit magazines, please group them together on their own private signing form separate from comic submissions. The same rule applies for any custom labels. (You can see the list of Custom Labels HERE ). Please group them together on their own private signing form separate from non-custom labels.
  • After the on-line order is completed, you will receive a confirmation email from CGC; and following review, an approval email with shipping instructions from Critical Mass Comics.
  • Put ALL ungraded books in window bags or they will be charged a $10 fee per book to prepare them for signing.
  • Books that are already certified by CGC, including CGC Signature Series books, can be submitted for this event. The CGC Facilitator will remove a CGC-certified book from its holder an additional $5 fee.
  • Carefully package books in a box for shipment. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 10/06/2023


Pricing Info - (Updated 08/04/23)

Steranko's Signature Series Books - $90 plus appropriate grading tier and shipping fees from the CGC website;  -or-

    $155 inclusive with all grading/shipping and fees (pressing is extra).

Steranko’s Fury Icon - $450 plus $25 for S + H.


The Critical Mass Comics Private Signing fee of $90 per item includes:

  • Steranko’s signature and facilitation fee 



PLEASE NOTE  (Updated 09/09/23):

***  All submissions must be received by Critical Mass Comics no later than Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, for this private signing event.

No change requests will be accepted after Friday, September 22, 2023.


***  Remarque requests will not be accepted.


***  The books will be immediately submitted to CGC after the event and start an expedited CGC grading process.

***  If you submit a CGC-graded collectible that needs to be removed from its original holder by CGC, the collectible will need to go through the certification and encapsulation process again, and there is no guarantee that it will receive the same grade.


***  Marker color requests are welcome, but not guaranteed. Marker color choice and signature placement is at the final discretion of the signer.


***  If the CGC Authorized Facilitator Event needs to be rescheduled due to postponements or cancellations, travel restrictions or other reasons, Critical Mass Comics will securely store all submissions and make a reasonable attempt to re-schedule the event.  If re-scheduling is not possible, collectibles will be shipped back to their owners and the Steranko signature fee ($65) will be refunded.


***  If you have additional questions, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.