The latest craze is: Sterankoing

At a convention once something happened which haunted all who witnessed it. It was so powerful that a Tumblr had to be launched. It was calledSterankoing.

In case you are unaware, comics legend Jim Steranko is given to wearing oversized zoot suits and flashy cowboy boots. The man is still flashy; always will be.

This incident happened while Steranko was talking to David Spurlock and Adam Hughes. Afterward Spurlock took up whiskey and Hughes joined a convent. so shaken by the experience were they. Others who have witnessed it have started their own religions.

The effects of Sterankoing continue to be felt to this day.

Via Chris Pitzer


  1. My boyfriend and I were at the Charlotte Heroes Con, and we looked over and saw Steranko. My boyfriend said to me “Wow. He looks like a gay lounge singer in that outfit!” LOL

  2. I saw him there too! I thought he could have been a pimp just as easily from how he was dressed!

  3. I saw him a few years ago and thought he was my grandma in a 70s pantsuit.

  4. Be respectful, people.

  5. Douglas Arthur says:

    Dude can wear what he wants. He’s Steranko. Even Chuck Norris knows this.

  6. patrick ford says:

    People who read super hero comic books poking fun at Steranko is pretty hysterical.

  7. Jackie Estrada says:

    Wow! A comics pro who wears suits to shows instead of T-shirts and jeans! Who’da thunk?

  8. Travis says:

    Who cares how he dresses? He is just great to chat with.

  9. FYI: I think Steranko is awesome. I can’t wait to read Tom Scioli’s essay on him and his work. The fact that the photograph above was taken at Heroes makes this thing even better. A great show, a great artist and a moment in time I wish I had witnessed.

  10. Hey, for a 74 year old those are some pretty tight buns. If you got it, flaunt it.

  11. i’ve spoken to steranko over the years at many a show, the guy is an original that marches to the beat of his own drummer. an artist, musician, magician, and escape artist, along with being a snappy dresser (even at his age), this guy is fuckin’ cool and we all know it.

  12. Snikt Snakt says:

    I wish I could have a head of hair like his when I reach his age…

  13. Rob Leigh says:

    I don’t think you know what a zoot suit is.

    Every time I’ve seen him, he’s sporting a turtleneck under a tailored double-breasted suit. He’s a dynamic cat. I hope I’m as fit when I reach his age.

  14. Man is a legend, kids, remember that.

  15. Horatio Weisfeld says:

    The guy looks about as un-boring as they come.

    Not only does he look cool but he actually has the work to back up looking however he choses to look , on any day he choses to look it.

    Maybe it’s some of the people around him ?

  16. Steranko is cooler than most guys half his age. The fact that he dresses up for every con he goes tells me he’s a pro’s pro. A lotta people could take a lesson from him.

  17. james says:

    Come on, get it together. Obviously the word is “Steranking.” Now you can replace “skanking” in all your favorite songs!

  18. Gianluca Glazer says:

    Steranko is an all around classy guy. I hope to look as good as him when I get to be his age.

  19. Mike B.risbois says:

    World would be so much a better place if Sterankoing were to become a craze. Speaking etymologically, the verb “to Steranko” is unnecessary since no one can Steranko except Steranko. The only reasonable application of the word, as far as I can imagine, might go something like this: “Dude, if you are trying to Steranko, you should try much harder.”

  20. He’s pure magic.

  21. Gotta admit, whenever I’m covering a convention my attention is always drawn to the creators in snappy suits. Steranko looks ace.

  22. Evan Meadow says:

    Has anyone seen Steranko and Barry Weiss in the same room yet? I am now convinced they’re the same person.

  23. I always believed that the “dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World” ad campaign was stolen from Steranko.

    C’mon, even mosquitos are afraid to bite him.



  24. Saipaman says:


    You’re so right about that. I met him at the San Diego Comic-Con and had great fun chatting with him.

  25. The man is a genius. Show some respect.

  26. First off, Sterankoing has nothing to do with dress (though it sure helps the swag) and its not about making fun. It’s about celebrating a man who can make something so seemingly unnatural look so natural and cool. It’s about confidence. It’s about owning it. Everything Jim Steranko does is 100% Steranko. It is amazing. Meeting him and hearing stories of others meeting him is one of the most incredible memories I have of HeroesCon. HeroesCon 2013 top 5? Jim Steranko stories is #1. Every time I see someone Sterankoing I get to relive one of the most fun weekends of my life. See also, Sterankoed.

  27. No disrespect intended. The man is a honest to god living legend, and the times I’ve been around him, he’s got a healthy sense of humor. It honors the man who’s been a trendsetter in the fields of magic, design, and storytelling. I think he’d get a kick out of it.

  28. David Brener says:

    Steranko is a pimp of the highest order. Great guy and super friendly to fanboys like myself.

  29. george says:

    Steranko, like Stan Lee, has earned the right to wear whatever clothes (and hair) he wants to wear in public.

  30. Stink Monkey Pop Pop says:

    Steranko is a pimp.

    TRANSLATION: Jim Steranko is a legend and has earned a positive reputation through groundbreaking storytelling and creativity.

  31. Harry says:

    Steranko is a living legend, and should be treated as such. Period.

  32. barry buchanan says:

    I thought “Sterankoing” was when you did a comic page(s)/cover with wavy panel borders; some a single spot color (blue and red) and one panel full of black and white warped checkerboard pattern? Or sheer awesomeness?

  33. Chris Hero says:

    Steranko is the illest muthafucka alive. Period. His whole life is just fascinating. He’s without question one of the best artists ever.

  34. Pedro Bouça says:

    Steranko is the coolest guy ever! Wish I could meet him someday.

  35. This photo, like the man himself, is amazing. Sterankoing > Tebowing

  36. There’s a rumor that Dos Equis beer wanted Steranko for their beer commercials but couldn’t afford him, so they made up The Most Interesting Man Alive instead.

    Steranko is one of the coolest guys ever. I’m half his age, and I wish I had that much flexibility.

  37. Serge Fidlon says:

    To say Steranko looks like your Grandma or a lounge singer,tells me you don’t know the man. I had the amazing experience of being in Jim’s booth for 7 hours at Wondercon this year. Jim dresses Professionally, sorry no t-shirts. Jim is a pros pro.He is articlate, smart, hip, a gentleman,but most off all generous to a fault.He signed auyographs all day long,every signature was done nicely.No scribbles,every one clean and sharp. About 35-40 PROFESSIONAL atrists came by to tell Jim that he was an inspiration in their career. Hundreds of fans came up to Jim and told him that he was one of their favorite artists of all time. Jim shook hands,talked with all of them,intereated in what they were saying and having a conversation with them all.Lastly when a child came up to Jim,he cared about waht they said,he asked them questions,and really talked to the kids,genuinely interested in what they had to say. Also the Artwork that he is doing now is STILL groundbreaking and still amazing.

  38. Steranko is the coolest guy in comics. Ever.

  39. Steranko is a legend. Legend’s express and create their own destiny’s. Pimp’s don’t know any other way.

  40. Greg Fernandez says:

    Cow-how-how-how boys & Gangsters!

  41. srtallio says:

    K, wait…I’m confused :I is “sterankoing” the act of wearing flashy & eye-catching outfits or the act of putting your foot up to lean on something? ‘Cause the article itself and all the comments afterwards all seem to think it’s about wearing flashy clothes but the actual tumblr link (which is clumsily buried among the shabby written article) shows people in the foot-up pose :S

    Tbh, the article as written does *not a thing* to be clear or indicative of exactly what-tha-fuck they’re talking about, and actually makes it sound like they’re just about ready setting up the point of their article and get to the subject when it *ENDS ABRUPTLY AND WITH NO EXPLANATION GIVEN*.

    “Something happened which haunted all who witnessed it…
    The effects continue to be felt to this day.”

    Ummm…kaaaaay? But what exactly happened? You said *something* happened, but never actually said what happened, not in your article, anyways…the only thing you said was “something happened” and that Jim Steranko likes to wear flashy clothes :S

    Watevs :/


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