Sunday, March 10, 2013

Conan the Barbarian #19 - Barry Windsor Smith art & cover

Conan the Barbarian v1 #19 marvel comic book cover art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
Conan the Barbarian v1 #19, 1972 - Rescued at sea by a warship, Conan and his friend Fafnir are recruited to fight in an ongoing holy war. Barry Smith continues to hone both his drawing skills and panel sequencing. Dan Adkins returns as inker, splendidly maintaining details and textures. Pages 17-on are diminished by lack of clarity, a result of poor reproduction during the printing process. Still, there is enough to appreciate Smith's artistry, culminating in his impressive cover. This is number 17 of 22 Conan the Barbarian issues with Smith art and/or covers.
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Smith cover pencils and inks = ****
"Hawks from the Sea" Smith story pencils (Dan Adkins inks) 20 pages = ***

Conan the Barbarian v1 #17 marvel comic book page art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
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1 comment:

  1. it has gone on record somewhere, most likely from Roy Thomas, that the last half of the issue is reproduced directly from Smith's pencils! I always thought it a lost opportunity that they never got the artist to finally complete the job during one of his later returns to Marvel, and for one of the stories later reprint appearances. If properly completed, this story would have been exquisite.

    Who has the original art pages, I wonder?

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