Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Nick Fury, Agent of Shield #12 - Barry Windsor Smith art & cover

Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #12 1960s marvel comic book cover art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
Nick Fury, Agent of S.h.i.e.l.d. v1 #12, 1968 - Barry Smith attempts a bold visual montage for his second Nick Fury cover. Crowded with too many visual elements, color helps separate the title character from rest. Even then, the layout lacks a clear hierarchy. Smith's interiors demonstrate his lack of experience, particularly the foreshortening of his figure drawings. His youthfulness, however, also results in some artistic risk-taking. The effects of a high-tech blast (see interior page shown below) and a view through the rotating blades of a helicopter (page 17) are refreshingly innovative for their time. This is number 3 of 3 Nick Fury issues with Smith art and/or covers.
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Smith cover pencils and inks = **
"Hell Hath No Fury"
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Nick Fury Agent of Shield v1 #12 1960s marvel comic book page art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
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2 comments:

  1. Smith was still earning his craft, and though the cover is bery much derivative of Steranko, it almost works. It's biggest failure is the figure of Fury, looking away from the reasder and not effectively posed.

    Nick Caputo

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  2. Gabe, the Contessa and Rickard all look as though they were drawn by Jack Kirby. Fury looks wan by comparison.

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