Marvel Premiere #3 / Doctor Strange - Barry Windsor Smith art & cover
Barry Windsor Smith
Marvel Premiere v1 #3 featuring Doctor Strange, 1972 - After the cancellation of his first self-titled series, Doctor Strange begins a second run within this bronze age title. Barry Smith brings the character back to its graphically inclined roots. Despite the roughness of the drawings (including the cover), his layouts, sequencing and pacing are exquisite. Decorative flourishes abound in the first ten pages or so, enhancing scenes of surrealistic beauty (see interior page below). Smith's exceptional effort owes much of its success to Dan Adkins, whose inks add much needed polish and clarity. This is number 1 of 2 Marvel Premiere issues with Smith art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Smith, Doctor Strange or Marvel Premiere issues. See also this blog's Smith checklist or Top 10 Smith comics.
- - - - - - - - - - Smith cover pencils (Dan Adkins inks) = ** "While the World Spins Mad" Smith story pencils (Dan Adkins inks) 21 pages = ****
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