Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chamber of Darkness #4 - Barry Windsor Smith, Jack Kirby art


Chamber of Darkness v1 #4, 1970 - Trying out the sword and sorcery theme, Marvel introduces Starr the Slayer as a prototype to Conan the Barbarian. Barry Smith's drawings are turbulent yet distinctive. What the artwork lacks in polish, he makes up for in exciting and kinetic layouts (see interior page below). This story was later reprinted in Conan #16. Jack Kirby's tale of a lonely hermit is a fine example of visual storytelling. Pages are purposefully drawn and sequenced, including the graphically churning opening splash. This Kirby tale was later reprinted in Giant-size Chillers v2 #3. Other artists in this issue include Tom Sutton and Marie Severin (cover). This is number 1 of 2 Chamber of Darkness issues with Kirby art and/or covers and number 2 of 2 Chamber of Darkness issues with Smith art and/or covers.
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"The Sword and the Sorcerers" Smith story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
"The Monster" Kirby story pencils (John Verpoorten inks) 7 pages = ***

Barry Windsor Smith
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