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Saturday, 11 February 2012
BARRY SMITH'S THOR...
Images copyright MARVEL COMICS
BARRY WINDSOR SMITH, when he was just plain ol' Barry
Smith back in 1968, drew this back-page POWER HOUSE PIN-UP
for FANTASTIC #50. He'd have been only around eighteen years old
at the time. To be frank, some of the pin-ups in Fantastic were awful,
so if young Barry was responsible for them, he really had progressed
in leaps and bounds by the time he started drawing CONAN The
BARBARIAN in 1970.
In 1973, SPIDER-MAN COMICS WEEKLY #16 printed
the pin-up, below, of The MIGHTY THOR, taken from the splash
page of The AVENGERS #66. One can see the KIRBY influence
at once of course, but it's none-the-less effective for that.
I always regarded The MIGHTY WORLD Of MARVEL and
SMCW as officialreplacements for Fantastic and TERRIFIC,
so it's kind of fitting that pin-ups of Thor by Barry appeared on the
back pages of comics by both publishers, ODHAMS PRESS and
MAGAZINE MANAGEMENT,the latter being the parent
company of MARVEL COMICSat the time.
You've got to hand it to him - didn't the boy do well? ('Though
it's a shame ol' Goldilock's nostrils seem to have gone walkabout