And also today sending Birthday Wishes to Illustrator/ Comic Book Artist, Barry Windsor-Smith, also May 25! As I am sure you know Barry is a "comic book illustrator and painter. "He has been drawing and painting extraordinary comics, art and stories since 1967,"
"After doing some work for British publishers (notably drawing pin-ups of Marvel characters for the Odhams Power Comics line) in 1968, Windsor-Smith travelled to New York and presented himself at the offices of Marvel Comics. A suitably impressed Roy Thomas gave him the job of drawing an issue of X-Men, but with no studio and having been kicked out of his hotel, Windsor-Smith was forced to do the work sitting on park benches. The resulting pages secured Windsor-Smith further work with Marvel, even though he was sent back to England within the year as he had no work permit."-marvel.fandom.com
"Barry Smith rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the original penciller for Marvel Comics' adaptation of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian character. At first drawing in a manner similar to Jack Kirby, within a couple of years he developed a unique style for comics at the time, borrowing from pre-raphaelites such as Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti (whose influence would saturate Windsor-Smith's artwork even more in later years). Along with writer Thomas, Smith adapted the Howard short stories "The Frost-Giant's Daughter", "Tower of the Elephant", "Rogues in the House", and "Red Nails". During their run together, Thomas and Smith also created original adventures and characters as well, including the flame-haired warrior-woman, Red Sonja, loosely based on Red Sonya, a character from one of Howard's non-Conan stories."
By 1974 he had established Gorblimey Press to allow him to self-publish his art. Soon after, he joined the short-lived—but awesome—artistic collective known as "The Studio," which also included Michael Wm Kaluta, Jeffrey Jones and Bernie Wrightson. The purpose of The Studio was to provide the group with a space where they could pursue creative products outside the constraints of comic book commercialism.
Besides Conan, Smith has also done amazing work on "The Uncanny X-men, Daredevil, Iron Man, Weapon-X, Archer and Armstrong, Rune and his own "Barry Windsor Smith: Storyteller.
I had the pleasure of photographing Barry in his then New Studio a couple hours north of New York City, the studio was newly set up and there wasn't really anything on the walls, pretty sparse as new studios will be, but there was this terrific staircase, so...
Anyway, have a look...
You can see what Barry has been up to lately, on his website here:
And if you are enjoying these portraits that I have been posting, you can pick up the oversized coffee table books here, they make great conversation starters: https://www.sideshow.com/manufa…/sampsel-preston-photography
Have a great week!
art © Barry Windsor-Smith