Thursday, November 29, 2012

Savage Tales #1 - Barry Windsor Smith art


Savage Tales v1 #1, 1971 - Marvel's early foray into black and white magazines, Savage Tales featured Conan the Barbarian, Ka-Zar and several new characters. Most significant of these is the Man-Thing, whose origin also marks his first appearance. Barry Smith opens his exceptional tale with a spacious two-page spread. The scene pits Conan against two vikings, set atop a backdrop of snow-covered mountains. Reflecting the title's more mature audience, a female temptress also displays some mild nudity. Overall, Smith's art has a rawness and excitement comparable to his regular Conan the Barbarian issues from the same era. This story was later reprinted in Savage Sword of Conan #1 and then Conan #16 (modified and in color). Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan, Gray Morrow, Tom Palmer, John Romita and John Buscema. This is number 1 of 3 Savage Tales issues with Smith art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Smith or Savage Tales issues. See also this blog's Smith checklist or Top 10 Smith comics.
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"The Frost Giant's Daughter" story pencils and inks 11 pages (black and white) = ****
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Savage Tales v1 #1 conan marvel comic book page art by Barry Windsor Smith
Barry Windsor Smith
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More Smith posts:
Tower of Shadows #7
Marvel Fanfare #15
Daredevil #236

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