5/15/18

Conan the Barbarian #12 - Barry Windsor Smith art, non-attributed Bernie Wrightson art

Conan the Barbarian v1 #12 marvel comic book cover art by Bernie Wrightson
Conan the Barbarian v1 #12, 1971 - Barry Smith inks his own story pencils for the first time on the series, showing the beginnings of a neoclassical style. Fine lines and sensitively applied textures permeate the pages. Though his rendition of a octopus-like dweller borders on silly (see interior page below), there's enough of Smith's impressive artistry to compensate. This story was later reprinted in Savage Tales #4 (black & white). Bernie Wrightson partially inks a back-up tale by Gil Kane (later reprinted in Giant-size Conan #5). Though his contribution is small (and non-attributed), the effort does enhance the story's aesthetic. This is number 12 of 22 Conan the Barbarian issues with Smith art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Conan the Barbarian issues with Wrightson art and/or covers.
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"The Dweller in the Dark" Smith story pencils and inks 16 pages = ****
"The Blood of the Dragon" Wrightson partial 
story inks (Gil Kane pencils) 2 pages = ***

Bernie Wrightson
Conan the Barbarian v1 #12 marvel comic book page art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
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3 comments:

  1. Marvel wikia says Colletta inked the cover and I would agree with this.

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  2. Vince colletta inked that cover, surely? Doesn’t look at all like Wrightson inks to my eyes....

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  3. Acknowledged and corrected. I compared this to Kane/Wrightson's cover for Dead of Night #11 and it doesn't pass scrutiny.

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