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Vampirella #9 - Barry Windsor Smith, Wally Wood, Jeff Jones art


Vampirella v1 #9, 1971 - Three talented artists contribute to this ninth issue. Jeff Jones' inside front cover tells of Lilith, the biblical Adam's first wife prior to Eve. The black and white color palette seems appropriate given the sinister tone. Wally Wood illustrates a tale featuring an enchantress and her sword-wielding brute. Giant spiders, skeletal soldiers, and voluptuous women are among the visual delights. The use of cave-like openings as panel frames (page five) are used to great effect. Barry Smith draws his only story for Warren, in a style not unlike his early Conan works. In his story, a boy encounters tree dryads after falling victim to a gang of bullies (see interior page below). While not as polished as Wood, Smith's drawings have a beautifully surrealistic feel. The stories by Wood and Jones were later reprinted in Vampirella annual #1. This is number 1 of 3 Vampirella issues with Wood art and/or covers, number 3 of 8 Vampirella issues with Jones art and/or covers (not including reprints) and 1 of 1 Vampirella issues with Smith art and/or covers.
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"The Curse" Wood story pencils and inks 8 pages = ****
"The Boy Who Loved Trees" Smith story pencils and inks 6 pages (black and white) = ***
"Lilith" Jones inside front cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***

Barry Windsor Smith
Wally Wood
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