Monday, April 30, 2012

Conan the Barbarian #2 - Barry Windsor Smith art & cover

Conan the Barbarian v1 #2 marvel comic book cover art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
Conan the Barbarian v1 #2, 1970 - Marvel's first barbarian hero stumbles upon an underground civilization where men are permanently enslaved. Rather than adapting a Robert E. Howard story, "Lair of the Beast-Men" is newly written for the medium. Barry Smith's vivid pencils slightly lose their luster due to Sal Buscema's less spontaneous inks. Still, the primitiveness of his drawings seem perfectly suited to the title and the layouts are solidly executed. Smith's cover design is a tad more compelling and conscientious. This story was later reprinted in Conan king-size special #1. This is number 2 of 20 Conan the Barbarian issues with Smith art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Conan the Barbarian or Smith issues. See also this blog's Smith checklist or Top 10 Smith comics.
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Smith cover pencils and inks = ***
"Lair of the Beast-Men" Smith story pencils (
Sal Busecma inks) 20 pages = ***
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Conan the Barbarian v1 #2 marvel comic book page art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
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More Smith posts:
New Mutants #36
Daredevil v1 #52 marvel 1960s silver age comic book cover art by Barry Windsor Smith
Daredevil #52
Marvel Comics Pres. #82

1 comment:

  1. Smith was better than Buscema.BWS everything resembled an age undreamed of.Whereas John Buscema everything looked like the ages we know.

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