11/8/12

Avengers #66 - Barry Windsor Smith art

Avengers v1 #66 marvel comic book cover art by Barry Windsor Smith
Avengers v1 #66, 1969 - Testing the limits of adamantium, the Avengers discover an unseen foe seeks possession of the indestructible new metal. Barry Smith is tasked with his first Avengers tale, resulting in artwork teeming with youthful enthusiasm. Despite some clumsy figure drawing, his page designs are fresh and innovative. The surreal decorative splash on page 13 and the Vision taking flight (see interior page below) are both visually striking. A discussion in the Avengers mansion is cleverly portrayed through insets within a wide angle view (page 15). Equal credit should be given to Syd Shores, whose sure-handed inks minimize Smith's inexperience. This story was later reprinted in Marvel Super Action v2 #27. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema (cover).
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"Betrayal" Smith story pencils (Syd Shores inks) 20 pages = ***

Avengers v1 #66 marvel comic book page art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
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  1. The spectacular John Buscema cover was inked by Joe Sinnott.
    One thing that drove me nuts was the problem of cover colorists getting Yellowjacket's costume wrong, as shown here.
    The "vest" part between his wings should be grey or blue, like the other "dark" parts of the costume.
    Instead, it's yellow!
    (And, how did those wings work, anyway?)

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