Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Iron Man #47 - Barry Windsor Smith art


Iron Man v1 #47, 1972 - Iron Man's origin from Tales of Suspense #39 is thoroughly retold, primarily as a lengthy flashback. Barry Smith's layouts are a tad clumsy and his figure drawings stiff compared to his other bronze age works. His pencils are further tamed by the dull, conservative inks of Jim Mooney. Still, there are a few scenes where Smith excels. On page 20, Iron Man reflects upon his past while his own reflection appears superimposed on his old armor. Smith's second splash page (see interior page below) recalls the moment the hero first powers up, creating an indelible image for readers. Other artists in this issue include Gil Kane (cover). This is number 1 of 3 Iron Man issues with Smith art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Smith or Iron Man issues. See also this blog's Smith checklist or Top 10 Smith comics.
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"Why Must There Be an Iron Man?" Smith story pencils (Jim Mooney inks) 21 pages = **
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Iron Man v1 #47 marvel comic book page art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
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More Smith posts:
Chamber of Darkness #3
Marvel Comics Pres. #78
Conan the Barbarian v1 #8 marvel comic book cover art by Barry Windsor Smith
Conan #8

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