Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Savage Tales #4 - Neal Adams art & cover, Barry Windsor Smith art & reprint

Savage Tales v1 #4 conan marvel comic book cover art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
Savage Tales v1 #4 featuring Conan the Barbarian, 1974 - An outstanding painted cover by Neal Adams opens this issue, immediately followed by pencil portrait of Conan on the inside contents page. The lead feature tells of Conan's early love, a young woman forcibly kidnapped from his tribe. Gil Kane's pencils are finished off by several inkers, but Adams is the most dominant and beneficial. Their respective styles always worked together well and this effort is among their best collaborations. This story was first reprinted in color in Marvel Treasury Edition #15. This Savage Tales issue also includes a Barry Smith reprint from Conan #12. Other artists in this issue include P. Craig Russell and Joe Maneely (reprint). This is number 4 of 4 Savage Tales issues with Smith art and/or covers and number 1 of 5 Savage Tales issues with Adams art and/or covers.
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Adams cover painting = ****
Adams contents page pencils
(black and white) = ***
"Night of the Dark God" Adams partial story inks (Gil Kane pencils) 21 pages
(black and white) = ***

"The Hour of the Gnome" Smith 2 text illos pencils and inks 1 page (black and white) = ***

Savage Tales v1 #4 conan marvel comic book page art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
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1 comment:

  1. This is the first Conan comic I ever bought, and it remains my favourite to this day. The cover is Adams at his very best, and his inks on Kane's pencils are outstanding. Although it wasn't originally a Conan story, Roy Thomas does a nice job turning it into one. What with the other stories and pin-ups - when I got this as a twelve-year-old, it was like discovering a new world.

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