In 1968 Jim Steranko drew the cover for Marvel Comic's Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6. I have read that he meant it as a tribute to one of his artistic influences, Wally Wood. Steranko asked Wood to ink his drawing for the cover but Wood declined, so Steranko finished the art himself. Wood had abandoned his earlier highly detailed style. Wood felt that Steranko's art had too much detail, which ironically had been picked up through Steranko's love of Woods early 1950's science fiction artwork.
Like many young comic's fans in the 60's, Steranko's art and stories seemed fresh but with a nod to the professional comic book creators that had preceded him. I remember the impact of seeing his cover in the magazine racks at Mahoningtown News. That may have been just before I set out for my first year of school in New York City.
Traditional figure inks, scanned and colored digitally.