SOLD ON: Monday, 03/11/2019 12:13 PM
COMMENTS: Pg. 27; Barry Windsor-Smith pencils and inks; image size 10" x 15"
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Page 6 from the story, The Sword and the Sorcerers!
Pg. 27; Barry Windsor-Smith pencils and inks; image size 10" x 15"
Page 6 from the story, The Sword and the Sorcerers!This Barry Windsor-Smith piece features Starr the Slayer, a Conan-inspired figure designed before Marvel acquired the rights to Robert E. Howard's creation, making this quite the interesting collectible. Appearing in both Chamber of Darkness #4 and Conan the Barbarian #16, this tale, featuring the barbarian prototype, bears an almost indistinguishable resemblance to Smith's rendition of Conan. The story on the page involves the Slayer's mind-bending trip to a parallel universe, in which he finds the author of a story featuring himself, and, in true barbarian fashion, attempts to kill its creator. Employing creative panel design and the strong-yet-delicate line work Smith is known for, this is a special piece for those Sword and Sorcery fans out there.
Smith rose to prominence thanks to his incredibly detailed and beautiful work on Marvels' Conan the Barbarian, which employed an approach that had never been seen in comics before. The artist worked on several titles at Marvel in the Silver Age before launching his own pin-up publishing house Gorblimey Press, which he used to release impressive lithos to his fan base. Working through the decades, Smith became more and more disillusioned about the comic industry and its unfair treatment of artists, so he slowly started to withdraw from the business. Occasionally popping up with the odd series of graphic novel. Smith is commonly recognized as one of the great artists in the history of comics. He once created a fictional comic book for Oliver Stone's movie "The Hand" which was based on Conan, and Michael Caine played the lead, a character that was a comic book artist that bore a striking resemblance to Smith.