Savage Sword of Conan #7 - Walt Simonson art, mis-attributed Barry Windsor Smith art

Savage Sword of Conan v1 #7, 1975 - Backing up the main Conan feature, Walt Simonson begins a history of the Hyborian Age, adapted from Robert E. Howard’s essays. His artwork employs textural effects to enhance his already splendid drawings (see interior page below). The visuals also benefit from the story’s narrative approach, leaving more room for art. Simonson ends the tale with a devastating splash of the sinking of two continents (including Atlantis). Note that King Kull makes a cameo appearance. Often mis-attributed as new artwork, the Barry Smith illustrations on page 58 first appeared (in color) in Conan the Barbarian #22. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala. This is number 1 of 7 Savage Sword of Conan issues with Simonson art and/or covers.
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"The Hyborian Age (chapter 1)" Simonson story pencils and inks pages (black and white) = ****

Walt Simonson
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