Saturday, July 27, 2013

Astonishing Tales #5 - Barry Windsor Smith art

Astonishing Tales v1 #5 featuring Ka-Zar and Dr. Doom, 1971 - Barry Smith delivers his most vivid opening splash of the series. As Ka-Zar struggles high above the ground, readers are pulled close into the scene (see interior page below). Meanwhile, the Petrified Man grows increasingly mad with power. The artwork wanes on subsequent pages, confined by progressively smaller panels. Still, as a whole, Smith delivers a notable early effort. This story was later reprinted in Savage Tales annual #1. Other artists in this issue include George Tuska, Mike Esposito and John Buscema (cover). This is number 3 of 5 Astonishing Tales issues with Smith art and/or covers.
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"Rampage" Smith story pencils (Sam Grainger inks) 10 pages = ***

Barry Windsor Smith
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