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The Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives, Vol. 1 (Conan the Barbarian #1-11)

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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, reprint ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published February 17th 2010 by Dark Horse Comics
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Paul
This is a review for both volumes.

Conan - The early Marvel years :-)
Various stories adapted by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith.
BWS was just starting out at Marvel, having done a few issues of The Avengers previously and was adapting his art to the Jack Kirby school of drawing. Happily, he soon establishes his own style and this becomes apparent pretty early on. His Conan is more of a slim savage athlete than the later representation of a bulky muscle-man done by Buscema and friends.
They re-di
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William Clemens
I was confused when I got this, looking the book over it didn't seem like these could be comics of old. The coloring had a more modern shading, and the art looked clean and recent. I was half right.

While this was supposed to be a restored edition, it turned out to restored art with modern color. The drawings are the originals, but touched up with new color techniques they really have a clean presentation.

Once I got past my initial confusion, I started to get really into the comics. The stories a
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Jacobmartin
This is a great collection of the early Marvel Conan comics, and one of the best ways to get into the Conan character, it's the first of two volumes that explores the great stories of Robert E. Howard adapted into comics format in a way that gives a vastly different characterisation to the character of Conan: Arnie this is not, and anybody expecting to find any trace of Arnie in this like in the 1982 live action film will be either disappointed that it doesn't match the 1980s cheese of that moti ...more
Jason Bergman
A solid collection of terrific comics. In the earliest ones the art is a little rough around the edges, but thise are saved by Roy Thomas' pitch-perfect understanding of the characters and world. But by the end, Smith has completely risen to the challenge. It's unfortunate that the coloring process has resulted in the loss of some details in the art...it's never *too* bad, but there are some panels that have been reduced to colored blobs.

Still, Thomas and Smith were the Conan dream-team. If you
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James
I'd forgotten how bad the artist Barry Windsor-Smith was when he first started out. But he grew faster than any artist I have ever seen.
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Roy Thomas is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He is possibly best known for introducing the pulp magazine hero Conan the Barbarian to American comics, with a series that added to the storyline of Robert E. Howard's character and helped launch a sword and sorcery trend in comics. Thomas is also known for his championing of Golden A ...more
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