A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION Barry Smith pencils and inks; page 13; 1969; image size 10" x 15" The Vision!
Did you ever walk through something that isn't?
From Barry Smith's first issue as artist on The Avengers comes this beautiful Vision splash featuring the still newly created android showing off his phasing ability. Smith's visual prowess and impeccable sense of design are on full display, showing elements of his style that wouldn't come to the forefront for a few more years. Syd Shores is the credited inker on this issue, but Smith has confirmed that he inked this page himself. Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition, there is a small stain on the left side of the image.
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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.