Tuesday, December 10, 2013
A Bit More Barbarian
The debut of the Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian was a watershed event for yours truly. Consequently the cover of the first issue is imprinted in my brain ways any comic fan will identify with. The cover is dynamic if less graceful than the art Barry (Not-Yet-Windsor) Smith will soon create for the series, but it does have a double helping of his Kirbyesque dynamics.
When this art was reprinted for this Portuguese comic it was necessary to add a bit to Smith's original art and we bet a full wing for the flying demon and some obligatory smoke and classic "Kirby Krackle" for fill out the image. It's likely the muddy reproduction, but the cross-hatched ground seems different too.
I've looked at this cover image before here and here.
And if you've wondered why he's called "Conan the Barbarian", check this out.