Saturday, October 26, 2013

X-men #53 - Barry Windsor Smith art & cover (1st pro work)

X-men v1 #53 marvel comic book page art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
X-men v1 #53, 1968 - Testing one of Professor X's machines, the X-men inadvertently release the violent Blastaar from the Negative Zone. Barry Smith does his first professional comic book work, his lack of experience painfully evident. His primitive drawings try to emulate Jack Kirby's style, but the results are less than impressive. Stiff figures, distortions and mis-proportions are rife throughout the story. Still, although Smith's cover shares some of the same attributes, there is a semblance of youthful enthusiasm (note the Angel's oddly amorphous wings). Other artists in this issue include Arnold Roth and John Tartaglione. This is number 1 of 9 X-men issues with Smith art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Smith or X-men issues. See also this issue's alternate cover, an original page, more firsts, this blog's Barry Windsor Smith checklist or Top 10 Smith comics.
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Smith cover pencils (Sam Grainger inks) = **
"The Rage of Blastaar"
Smith story pencils (Sam Grainger inks) 15 pages = *
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Barry Windsor Smith
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More Smith posts:
Marvel Comics Pres. #78
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Conan #8
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