Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Astonishing Tales #10 - Barry Windsor Smith art

Astonishing Tales v1 #10 featuring Ka-Zar, 1972 - Barry Smith's only full length Ka-Zar tale, his artwork mostly fails to meet expectations. The layouts are poorly planned and executed. The drawings are crude and hurried, made worse by Sal Buscema's passive inking. There are faint semblances of Smith's talent (see interior page below), but overall the story art is among his weakest efforts. Other artists in this issue include Gil Kane and Dan Adkins (cover). This is number 5 of 5 Astonishing Tales issues with Smith art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Smith, Astonishing Tales or Ka-zar issues. See also this blog's Smith checklist or Top 10 Smith comics.
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"To End In Flame" Smith story pencils (Sal Buscema inks) 21 pages = *
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Barry Windsor Smith
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Conan the Barbarian v1 #12 marvel comic book cover art by Bernie Wrightson
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1 comment:

  1. In the early days of his career, someone described Smith's drawing as the sort that Kirby might do if forced to draw with his keft hand. I realize that the work here appeared well after Smith had awed readers with Conan; but his work of inferior quality did not come as a shock.