Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Conan the Barbarian #14 - Barry Windsor Smith art & cover

Conan the Barbarian v1 #14 marvel comic book cover art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
Conan the Barbarian v1 #14, 1972 - Elric of Melnibone, a creation of writer Michael Moorcock, makes his first appearance in comics. In this unlikely pairing of heroes, the duo join forces against a netherworld queen. Barry Smith's enthusiasm overshadows the more primitive aspects of his drawings. His two splash pages struggle with their respective compositions, yet other pages (particularly the battle scenes) are ably designed. Smith puts equal emphasis on Conan and Elric in a memorable, boldly juxtaposed panel (see interior page below). Despite his progress, Smith continues to develop his own artistic voice. This story was later reprinted in Giant-size Conan #5. This is number 14 of 22 Conan the Barbarian issues with Smith art and/or covers.
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Smith cover pencils and inks = ***
"A Sword Called Stormbringer"
Smith story pencils (Sal Buscema inks) 21 pages = ***
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Conan the Barbarian v1 #14 marvel comic book page art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
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