6/10/17

Conan the Barbarian #1 - Barry Windsor Smith art & cover (1st Smith Conan)

Conan the Barbarian v1 #1 marvel comic book cover art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
Conan the Barbarian v1 #1, 1970 - With this first issue, Robert E. Howard's Conan would establish a new genre and become the first major barbarian hero in comics. Artist Barry Smith, still developing his talents, brings a youthful enthusiasm to the series. His cover, in typical fashion, emphasizes the title character. The artist struggles with figure drawing and foreshortening but compensates with an exciting, kinetic layout. Smith's spontaneity continues inside with swiftly paced sequences and bold layouts. Although clearly influenced by Jack Kirby, his drawings hint at an emerging style uniquely his own. This story was later reprinted in Conan the Barbarian #22. Note that an earlier Conanesque tryout by Smith also appeared in Chamber of Darkness #4. This is number 1 of 20 Conan the Barbarian issues with Smith art and/or covers.
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Smith cover pencils (John Verpoorten inks) = ***
"The Coming of Conan" Smith story pencils (Dan Adkins inks) 20 pages = ***

Conan the Barbarian v1 #1 marvel comic book page art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
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