As an illustrator, musician, art director, magician, fire-eater, designer, escape artist, filmmaker, pop-culture lecturer and publisher, Steranko has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts. The more than 100 innovations he created as artist-writer on Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America, and X-MEN revolutionized the comics form and, as an illustrator, he painted a multitude of book covers, record jackets, and movie posters, including 30 Shadow paperbacks. He has shown his work at more than 200 exhibitions worldwide, including the Louvre in Paris and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
An Eisner award-winning artist, Steranko’s two volumes of The History of Comics have sold more than 100,000 copies, and as editor-publisher of the international entertainment magazine PREVUE, he conducted hundreds of star interviews and penned more than three million words.
As a filmmaker, he has collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola on some of their most popular movies including Raiders of the Lost Ark and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Steranko has been cited by Michael Chabon as an inspiration for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay; by Jack Kirby as inspiration for Mister Miracle; and by WIZARD as one of the Top Five Most Influential Comic Book Artists of All Time.
Recent projects include The Discovery Channel's Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked documentary, STARZ network's Comicbooks Unbound, the 2010 Steranko exhibit at the Geppi Museum in Baltimore, and writing an episode of Cartoon Network's Justice League series. His Season One Agents of Shield reviews for The Hollywood Reporter site generated a record number of hits, while Entertainment Weekly's 2014 double-sized summer edition showcased Steranko in their biggest feature ever published on a comics creator.
EreadTechnologies, Inc.™ is privileged and proud to have Steranko join our team as a member of the Advisory Board for Ereading.com®, launchwords.com™, and our eight additional reader-centric domain properties. We are especially excited about his involvement with our Read and Change the World™ Direct Donation and Select Grants Program, which will help support a variety of deserving literacy and education programs across the United States and around the world.
Joe Gentile is an American author, editor, and the founder of Moonstone Books, a Chicago publishing house. He is also known as a comic book writer and author, and is the owner of the Chicago-based comic store chain, Amazing Fantasy Books and Comics.
As a publisher, Gentile’s comics, books, and prose anthologies often feature many of the same authors and artists (which are also some of his closest friends), including Mike Bullock, Doug Klauba, Rubén Procopio (the acclaimed Disney animator and artist), Rafael Nieves, Martin Powell, CJ Henderson, Jim Kuhoric, Mark Dawidziak, David Tichman, and Richard Dean Starr. Other well-known writers featured in more than one Moonstone publication include Craig Shaw Gardner, John Jakes, Peter David, Nancy Kilpatrick, Will Murray, Silvestre Szilagyi, Ron Goulart, Stuart M. Kaminsky, Max McCoy, Robert Weinberg, Robert J Randisi, James Reasoner, Robert Morrish and Max Allan Collins.
A lifelong comic book fan, Gentile's forays into comic books have dealt with both original previously established media characters such as Sherlock Holmes. All were published by Moonstone Books. He wrote an original graphic novel, The Mysterious Traveler with art by Trevor Von Eeden, and two Sherlock Holmes comic book storylines in The Scorned Mistress: Sherlock Holmes Mysteries #1, and followed it with "Sherlock Holmes and The Clown Prince of London" with interior art by Rich Gulik and cover art by Drew Tucker. In addition to Sherlock Holmes, he has also written for Buckaroo Banzai including "Return of the Screw", a three-issue story arc.
Gentile released his first prose fiction story, “The Shrug of Atlas”, in Kolchak: The Night Stalker Chronicles. The collection was nominated for a Bram Stoker award and led to the release of a follow-up volume, Kolchak: The Night Stalker Casebook, in 2007, which featured Gentile's story, "Until Tomorrow". The first book was a success, selling out its first printing, and the second volume was also an unqualified success. In 2007, Gentile's story "The Mad Gasser of Mattoon" appeared in The Spider Chronicles, also from Moonstone Books. Most recently, he is the author of Partners in Crime, with the late CJ Henderson, and the Sherlock Holmes/Kolchak: The Night Stalker team-up novel Cry for Thunder.
Robert Greenberger is a writer and editor. A lifelong fan of comic books, comic strips, science fiction and Star Trek, he drifted towards writing and editing, encouraged by his father and inspired by Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent.
While at SUNY-Binghamton, Greenberger wrote and edited for the college newspaper, Pipe Dream. Upon graduation, he worked for Starlog Press and while there, created Comics Scene, the first nationally distributed magazine to focus on comic books, comic strips and animation.
In 1984, he joined DC Comics as an Assistant Editor, and went on to be an Editor before moving to Administration as Manager-Editorial Operations. He joined Gist Communications as a Producer before moving to Marvel Comics as its Director of Publishing Operations. Greenberger rejoined DC in 2002 as a Senior Editor-Collected Editions. He helped grow that department, introducing new formats and improving the editions’ editorial content.
In 2006, he joined Weekly World News as its Managing Editor until the paper’s untimely demise. He then freelanced for an extensive client base including Platinum Studios, scifi.com, DC and Marvel. He helped revitalize Famous Monsters of Filmland and served as News Editor at ComicMix.
He is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. His novelization of Hellboy II: The Golden Army won the Scribe Award in 2009. With others, he cofounded Crazy 8 Press, a digital press hub where he continues to write.
In 2012, he received his Master of Science in Education from University of Bridgeport and relocated to Maryland where he currently teaches High School English and Creative Writing in Baltimore County. He and his wife Deborah reside in Howard County.