Official Press Release
"I believe part of every American died as they watched the Twin Towers
collapse on the mass of humanity working inside them that day. But, like
most others, I realized there was one thing that no terrorist attack could
ever destroy: our spirit.
"Personally, I'm fighting my own war against anger and frustration, a war
I'm certain is shared by my family, friends, and fellow citizens across the
nation. Our weapons are courage and compassion, weilded with the kind of
resolution that our enemies never expected. It's a war we must win.
"Obviously, our lives will never be the same as they were before 9/11, but
at least we're still here. Now, it's up to us to do something for those who
died--and for those they left behind."
Steranko recently called upon comics creators and consumers to unite for
the purpose of enhancing awareness of individual responsibility in the arts
and now he's defined his personal commitment.
"I'm pledging $100,000 to terrorist victims, an amount that will be raised
through the sale of a new art print--I call it THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA."
Heralded for his spectacular patriotic covers and panoramas, Steranko has
generated the definitive image of the classic patriotic hero CAPTAIN
AMERICA, a powerful vision celebrating the legend of comics' fighting
sentry, from his battle-scarred WW2 creation through the Cold-War revival
to today's turbulent crusade.
"Captain America has always been my favorite character and I know he holds
a unique place in the hearts of all comics fans. It's a great honor to be
associated with him again in this special cause," Steranko says, referring
to his innovative series that redefined the American champion in the Marvel
Age of Comics.
THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA is being released exclusively as a high-quality
18x24" LIMITED EDITION PRINT signed and numbered by the artist and
reproduced on 100-pound Archival Matte Paper Stock and will be available at
all comic shops in January 2002. In a joint venture with Marvel Comics,
Vanguard Productions, and Diamond Comic Distributors, Steranko has pledged
a 100% DONATION to WTC Charities in the amount of $100,000!
"I hope you'll join my fight to maintain liberty and justice for all