Barry Smith Conan the Barbarian #4 "The
Tower of the Elephant" Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1971). By
In 1970, Barry Windsor-Smith burst onto the comic-book
scene with his dynamic portrayal of Robert E. Howard's Conan the
Barbarian, altering the course of the savage Cimmerian forever, and
also establishing himself as one of the greatest comic artists to
ever touch pencil to paper. For the fourth issue, "The Tower of the
Elephant," adapted from the R. E. Howard story, Conan scales the
Elephant Tower in the city of Arenjun in Zamora only to battle a
monstrous spider. Here is nothing less than a "holy grail" cover
from a super-early issue of Marvel's most popular Bronze Age title.
With backgrounds as detailed as the main figures, you can see why
Barry Windsor-Smith's evocative art, especially his covers, are so
prized by collectors. This Marvel masterwork is sure to be the
centerpiece of any cover collection. How could you hope to top it?
This sword and sorcery show-stopper has an approximate image area
of 10" x 15.5". The upper margin has been closely trimmed right to
the art; there's some overall wear and light soiling; and note that
all of the masthead, logo, and type elements at the top are
carefully color-matched replacements; otherwise, the art is in Very
Good condition. From the Don and Maggie Thompson Collection.
Smith, Barry:Barry Windsor-Smith studied for three years at the London art school, where he graduated with degrees in Industrial Design and Illustration. In 1967, his first work was published: pinups for British Marvel. In 1968, he created 'X-Men' #53, published at Marvel Comics. He was the original artist on 'Conan the Barbarian' at Marvel Comics (1970-1973). He did the artwork and writing on various Marvel titles including 'The Avengers', 'Daredevil', 'Dr. Strange', 'Fantastic Four', 'Iron Man', 'Machine Man', 'The X-Men' and others. He is the creator, writer and artist of 'Weapon X' at Marvel. He is the founder, owner, and sole artist for The Gorblimey Press, and creative director of Valiant Comics. At Valiant, he wrote and drew 'Archer and Armstrong', 'Eternal Warrior' and 'Solar and Unity'. He co-created 'Rune' at Malibu Comics and was the artist of 'WildStorm Rising' #1 at Image Comics. He founded the Windsor-Smith Studio.
His work brings together influences from various people and eras: Jack Kirby, The Pre-Raphaelites, Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Shakespeare, Dickens, Harold Pinter, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix. His work hasn't been limited to comics - he also works as a painter, designer, illustrator, art director for films ('The Hand' with Oliver Stone), publisher and teacher of classical drawing. His latest work is 'BWS: OPUS', an autobiography and art retospective consisting of five volumes.. British comic book artist and illustrator.
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