Thursday, October 18, 2012

Marvel Premiere #4 - Barry Windsor Smith / Frank Brunner art, Smith cover (1st Brunner Dr. Strange)

Barry Windsor Smith / Frank Brunner
Marvel Premiere v1 #4 featuring Doctor Strange, 1972 - Barry Smith's second issue unfortunately lacks the verve and excitement of the first. Page layouts are cramped and sluggish, starting with the mediocre cover. Frank Brunner works with the character for the first time, providing the inks over Smith's pencils. The combined effort is muddy, as the two styles compete for attention. While less successful in this case, Brunner would eventually make Dr. Strange one of his signature characters. This is number 2 of 2 Marvel Premiere issues with Smith art and/or covers and number 1 of 8 Marvel Premiere issues with Brunner art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Brunner, Smith, Doctor Strange or Marvel Premiere issues. See also this blog's Smith checklist, Brunner checklistTop 10 Brunner comics or Top 10 Smith comics.
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Smith cover pencils (Tom Palmer inks) = *
"The Spawn of Sligguth" Smith story pencils 
/ Brunner inks 21 pages = **
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Barry Windsor Smith / Frank Brunner
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More Smith posts:
X-men v1 #55 marvel comic book page art by Barry Windsor Smith
X-men #55
New Mutants #44
Conan the Barbarian v1 #7 marvel comic book cover art by Barry Windsor Smith
Conan #7

More Brunner posts:
Howard the Duck v1 #2 marvel 1970s bronze age comic book cover art by xxxxx
Howard the Duck #2
Marvel Premiere #14
Brute #3


  1. Tom Palmer inks on the cover, not Brunner.

  2. Just realized it myself last night. Thanks.