Barry Windsor Smith, Conan, Conan the Barbarian, Marvel Comics, marvel treasury edition, Red Sonja, Roy Thomas
Conan’s larger-than-life personality works wonderfully in the first two Marvel Treasury Editions that feature him. These over-sized editions also spotlight the artistic talents of Barry Windsor-Smith. #15 features the Song of Red Sonja, and Smith’s Sonja artwork rocks at Treasury size. Conan would conquer four different Treasury Editions (#4, 15, 19, 23) from 1975 to 1979. Let’s have a look inside the first two!
Before we open them up, dig these back covers. Wow, that Smith one would make a killer poster!
On the inside covers, writer and Editor Roy Thomas gives us a fun history of how he and Smith got started doing a Conan series for Marvel in the first place. Smith contributes some new artwork on a Robert E. Howard memorial page.
Cool! Let’s have a look at these splash pages and stunning interior art.
Dark Horse collected these tales in their recent Chronicles of Conan collections, giving the coloring and paper quality an upgrade from these 1970s editions. But, you really can’t beat reading Black Colossus at colossal size. We also get several bonus pages of Red Sonja being awesome in chain mail underwear.
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I’m wondering if you know of any advertising, or promotional/prototype art of Marvel’s Red Sonja, prior to her appearance in Conan #23? I have Comixscene #5 which is the first published rendition of her now infamous chainmail outfit. Did Roy Thomas and Barry Smith ever release images of what they drew up and pitched to Marvel prior to official publication in Conan? I’ve been scouring the web and haven’t found much info. I found this image (link below) of Smith’s concept for Conan #24, but I’d like to find any material that predates Conan #23… I don’t know if there was any marketing done, in perhaps Conan #22 or any other solicitation? Thanks for your time, B.
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I don’t know of any, Brandon, but if I see any, I’ll let you know! Thank you for sharing your post.
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