SOLD ON: Monday, 12/13/2021 9:05 PM
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Barry Smith pencils/Sal Buscema inks; page 3; 1971; 10.5" x 16"
A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
Barry Smith pencils/Sal Buscema inks; page 3; 1971; 10.5" x 16"A prime page from the artist's historic run on Conan the Barbarian! This page appeared in issue #6 as part of the story entitled "Devil-Wings Over Shadizar". A gorgeous work with dynamic action, great inks and incredible detail. Smith's interpretation of the Robert E. Howard character introduced a new generation to the hero. The world he inhabited and the artist's technical brilliance would help make Conan the Barbarian one of the most influential comic book titles of the Bronze Age of Comics. This page is a prime example illustrative of why the famed artist's work was such a breakthrough at the time. It is being offered individually to the public for the very first time! Executed in inks over graphite on standard bronze-age Marvel board. Art is in very good condition.
NOTE: I cannot verify that Jenna is depicted in the final frame. This is the very first story she appears in. She is definitely on Page 4, but I have not done the research to verify if she is amongst those depicted in the bar in the final frame of Page 3.
The image of the published cover and page are for reference only.
Read More about this piece at earthshinestudios.comArtist Information
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.