9/3/13

New Mutants #48 - Barry Windsor Smith cover

Barry Windsor Smith
New Mutants v1 #48, 1986 - Mirage and Cannonball face off against a mutant-hunting Sentinel on this last Barry Smith cover of the series. The nicely positioned layout draws the focal point toward the antagonist rather than the heroes. The Sentinel's size is amplified by not only the relative scale, but the enormous foreshortened hands on either side. The pink and purple hues skew toward an unusually feminine palette, but does reinforce Smith's sophisticated lines. Other artists in this issue include Jackson Guice and P. Craig Russell. This is number 10 of 10 New Mutants issues with Smith art and/or covers.
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Smith cover pencils and inks = ****

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2 comments:

  1. Dear Ted,

    This is Alex Bialy, Windsor-Smith Studio manager. Barry asked me to thank you on his behalf for your insights and thoughtful criticism on his New Mutants covers. He was pleased with your comments.

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  2. Although my critiques are not always positive, I do hope they are informative to other collectors. The progression of Barry's work over the past three decades has outmatched many of his peers. Thanks for the kind words.

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