Thursday, 10 November 2016

SPECTACULAR SPLASH PAGES #10...


CONAN copyright ROBERT E. HOWARD Estate

BARRY SMITH was finding his own style 'on the hoof 'with
CONAN The BARBARIAN.  Now and again there was still an
occasional hint of JACK KIRBY in some panels, but that wasn't
to last.  JOHN BUSCEMA would have been the first artist on the
mag had it not been for his higher page rate, but 'though he eventu-
ally came to draw more issues of Conan than Smith did, there was
something about our boy Barry's pages that captured the sorcer-
ous HYBORIAN AGE like no other artist ever could.

12 comments:

paul Mcscotty said...

One of my favourite Conan stories - not a bad spalsh page as well

Kid said...

It's certainly got atmosphere, PM. Smith was coming along in leaps and bounds.

Colin Jones said...

I mentioned recently that Lair Of The Beast-Men was the first Conan story I ever read (in Savage Sword weekly #2). On first seeing that terrific splash page I assumed that the fight between Conan and the Beast-Man had taken place in Savage Sword #1 and I'd missed it ! The story is great too but it's sort of a rip-off of Planet Of The Apes, isn't it ? Conan/Taylor is captured by the Beast-Men/apes and taken to their city and he has to try and escape. I loved the image of the Beast-Men's underground city in a gigantic cave !

Kid said...

The Beast-Man in that splash page was originally drawn as a bear, but it was amended because Stan (I think, could've been Martin Goodman), thought it would work better as a Beast-Man. I'd have to read the story again to see if there are any similarities to POTA, but creatures similar to the Beast-Men had long been (almost) a staple of comicbook stories, CJ.

John Pitt said...

I have still yet to read this story and I've really GOT to some time, because of its similarity to POTA. I really must track down a reprint! I'm going to look right now....

Kid said...

You should be able to obtain a copy of Conan Classic #2 from eBay for a reasonable price, JP. It came out in 1994 and was a Marvel reprint of CTB #2.

John Pitt said...

I've found a TPB of the first 3 issues @ only £2-25!

Kid said...

I take it you'll be going for the one at £2, JP?

Steve said...

One of my all time favourite Barry Smith art works was the siege of Makalet Conan saga

Kid said...

Don't think I'm familiar with that one. What issue?

Steve said...

The saga starts with Conan the Barbarian issue 19 although John B is the artist that finishes the saga.Its in this saga that we first get to see Red Sonja.

Kid said...

Ah, I must have seen it then, but it doesn't spring immediately to mind. It'll be in my Dark Horse reprints.

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