the course of drawing twenty two of the first two dozen issues of Conan
the Barbarian, Windsor-Smith
underwent a remarkable artistic evolution. Forsaking the inspiration
of Jack Kirby, Barry developed a style of thoughtful dynamism and art
and design entirely unknown to American comic books.
his early influences of Art Nouveau’s organic flourishes, and the
extraordinarily detailed naturalism of the Pre Raphaelite school of painting,
Windsor-Smith’s ever- evolving methods of storytelling brought
a sense of ornate classicism to the monthly Conan comic books that even
now, over thirty years later, remains without peer.
The cover of Conan the Barbarian #19,
The cover of Conan the Barbarian #21,