Thursday, February 21, 2013

Conan the Barbarian #20 - Barry Windsor Smith art & cover

Conan the Barbarian v1 #20 marvel comic book cover art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
Conan the Barbarian v1 #20, 1972 - Sneaking into a holy temple to recover the Turnanian's man-god, Conan runs afoul of his devilish guardian. Barry Smith's cover seems oddly composed with its side-view approach and the hound partially cropped out of frame. His interior story more than compensates, though, with its superb splash of soldiers re-boarding their warships. Panels are generally small but carefully designed and drawn. Smith is at his best on the two-page epilogue (see interior page below) where the open panels and narration suggest a more sophisticated, literary tone. This is number 18 of 22 Conan the Barbarian issues with Smith art and/or covers.
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Smith cover pencils and inks = **
"The Black Hound of Vengeance"
Smith story pencils (Dan Adkins inks) 20 pages = ***

Conan the Barbarian v1 #20 marvel comic book page art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
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