Savage Sword of Conan #16 - Barry Windsor Smith, Walt Simonson art

Savage Sword of Conan v1 #16, 1976 - In chapter five of the history of the Hyborian Age, Aquilonia goes to war with its neighboring states. Meanwhile, the Picts coalesce around the barbaric leader named Gorm. Walt Simonson’s already jagged style becomes more chaotic as more battle scenes are required. The violent events culminate in the catastrophe of civilization once more. Simonson frames this climax in a final splash page. Barry Smith’s contribution to the issue is even longer, chronicling a barbarian king’s crucifixion during the Pax Romana (see interior page below). Tim Conrad, a Smith emulator, provides surprisingly detailed inks. A few pages overwhelm the pencils toward the story’s end. Most impressive is Smith’s opening scene, featuring a panoramic view of the characters and setting across a two-page spread. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala. This is number 5 of 7 Savage Sword of Conan issues with Simonson art and/or covers.
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"The Hyborian Age (chapter 5)" Simonson story pencils and inks pages (black and white) = ***
"Worms of the Earth" Smith story pencils (Tim Conrad inks) 15 pages (black and white) = ****

Walt Simonson
Barry Windsor Smith
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