Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Giant-size Conan the Barbarian #5 - Jack Kirby cover, Bernie Wrightson, Barry Windsor Smith reprints

Giant-size Conan the Barbarian v1 # marvel comic book cover art by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby
Giant-size Conan the Barbarian v1 #5 , 1975 - Unlike previous Giant-size Conans, this issue contains reprints from Conan #12 (Wrightson inks), Conan #14 (Smith art) and Conan #15 (Smith art). Jack Kirby illustrates the violent and chaotic cover, with alterations b John Romita (most evident on Conan's face). This is number 1 of 1 Conan the Barbarian issues with Jack Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Conan the Barbarian, Smith, Wrightson or Kirby issues. See also this blog's Kirby checklist, Smith checklist or Top 10 Smith comics.
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Kirby cover pencils (John Romita inks) = **
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  1. yeah, that's definately John Romita. editors were always doing it to Jack, at both DC and Marvel. usually Romita at Marvel, and usually Curt Swan at DC. if I'm right, there's also a couple of Jim Starlin/Jim Weiss covers they got Romita in to re-do the heads on, as well. cheeky buggers.

  2. If you're referring specifically to Kirby's 1970s Jimmy Olsen issues, you're right. And the revised heads look ridiculous.

  3. Romita was on of the most dynamic, memorable artists of the 60s and 70s, which is why his popular style was used to clean-up (or "Marvel-ize") the work of so many experienced artists. In the case of 1970s Kirby, he became a rough shell of himself, and Romita often turned the robotic Kirby work into strong pieces.

    One only need to look at the cover of Captain America #193 (the "Madbomb" storyline) to see Romita's guiding style returning Kirby to brief glory. Certinaly more than regualr Kirby inker Mike Royer.

  4. Decide for yourselves- Conan looks a little like Kamandi:

  5. Marvel had another Kirby-clone named Rich Buckler, which they used after Jack went to DC. He was pretty shameless in his impersonation of Jack. But, he was good, so it didn't offend me as much as it would have if Don Heck would have replaced Jack...

  6. Buckler also emulated Neal Adams early in his career. Unlike Barry Smith (who also emulated Kirby), I think he was one of those artists who never found his own distinct style.