Thursday, October 4, 2012

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

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 first reprinted in Savage Tales #4 (black & white). Bernie Wrightson inks Gil Kane's cover, but with little impact. His back-up tale (later reprinted in Giant-size Conan #5) is more significant, adding depth and modeling to Kane's pencils. 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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Wrightson cover inks (Gil Kane pencils) = *
"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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