The Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives Volume 1

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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 blue-eyed Cimmerian forever, and cementing himself as one of the greatest artists to touch pencil to paper. Nearly forty years later, Dark Horse Comics, in the tradition of the Dark Horse Archives collections, reprints Barry Windsor-Smith's entire run on Marvel's Conan the Barbarian in two fine hardcover volumes! The first volume of The Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives includes such classic tales as "Rogues in the House" and "The Tower of the Elephant," written by Roy Thomas and fully illustrated by Barry Windsor-Smith - now presented as they were intended, in their stunning original color!

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Roy Thomas is a comic book writer and editor. He is a former editor in chief of Marvel Comics. He is known for his work on Conan the Barbarian, The Avengers, X-Men, and a number of other beloved titles.

Barry Windsor-Smith is a comic book writer, illustrator, and painter. He was educated at East Ham Technical College and later went on to write for Marvel, DC, Valiant, Dark Horse, and other comic book imprints. Windsor-Smith is best known for his work on Avengers, Iron Man, Conan the Barbarian, and Red Sonja. He is a member of the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.

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Fan favorite Windsor-Smith has been drawing comics and Pre-Raphaelite-influenced fantasy illustrations for more than four decades but remains most closely associated with his first major work, Marvel Comics’ adaptation of the pulp-magazine hero Conan the Barbarian. Windsor-Smith illustrated the character for only the first three years of its long comic-book run, yet it’s widely felt that none of the artists who followed equaled his seminal rendition. These early stories, which established sword-and-sorcery as a popular comics genre, possess a freshness that vanished once the genre’s limitations became evident. Thomas’ scripts, many adapted from Robert E. Howard’s original stories, supply the requisite blood and thunder, but it was Windsor-Smith’s ornate, meticulous art that turned the barbarian into a property whose popularity rivaled that of Marvel’s most popular superheroes. The 11 issues in this first of two volumes reprinting Windsor-Smith’s too-brief run aren’t his strongest work—the earliest stories, in particular, are a bit stiff and tentative—but they already demonstrate the melding of elegance and power that made him one of comics’ most popular creators. --Gordon Flagg

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