Sunday, April 17, 2016
Setting A High Barr!
Ken Barr is a name I immediately associate with Earl Norem and Bob Larkin as one of the key cover artists for Marvel during their 70's magazine heyday. Barr's work though seemed to have more drama than either Norem or Larkin, his colors seemed richer and his shadows darker. Barr painted images that oozed drama. Sadly the Scottish born artist passed away a few weeks ago. But his work lives on many a vintage Marvel mag.
He did many covers for the Doc Savage magazine, as Barr's style evoked a distinctive James Bama vibe. Something which was put to the test when he supplied a 1981 cover for Doc Savage - His Apocalyptic Life by Philip Jose Farmer, cover that replaced the 1975 Bama original.
Take a look at his Marvel covers and enjoy!
And a special belated treat--here is the 1971 wraparound Phase 1 fanzine cover mentioned in the comments section. It's a sweet image indeed.