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    Barry Windsor-Smith - 'Barry Smith'
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Bio:
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.

Initially credited as Barry Smith, he 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 lifted from 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.

Shortly thereafter, Smith left comics, added Windsor to his professional name, and began to pursue a career in fine art (although he has returned to the comics field several times since). Granted residential status in the United States, Windsor-Smith in 1974 set up Gorblimey Press, through which he released limited-edition prints of fantasy-based subjects that proved popular. As well, he was one of the four comic book artists-turned-fine-illustrator/painters who, along with Jeff Jones, Mike Kaluta and Bernie Wrightson, formed a small artist's loft commune in 1975 known as The Studio. By 1979 they'd produced enough material to issue a handsome art book under the name "The Studio", which was published by Dragon Dreams. By this point, Windsor-Smith had fully embraced a symbolist and Pre-Raphaelitism aesthetic.

Windsor-Smith returned to Marvel in the 1980s as the artist & colorist of a Machine Man limited series (1984), provided plot/pencils/colors for Iron Man Vol. 1, #232 (July, 1988), and as the writer and artist of the serialized "Weapon X" feature in Marvel Comics Presents #72-84 (1991). The latter was Windsor-Smith's own, original conception of the origin of the X-Men character Wolverine. During this period he also produced a well-regarded story featuring The Thing and Human Torch that was published in Marvel Fanfare.

In late 1991, BWS was approached to act as creative director and lead artist at Valiant Comics, a start-up publisher that was trying to break into the comics market. Valiant, founded by former Marvel Comics writer and editor-in-chief Jim Shooter, had licensed a few dormant characters from 1960s and 70s publisher Gold Key Comics. Those characters, Magnus Robot Fighter; Doctor Solar; and Turok Dinosaur Hunter, were then supplemented with Valiant’s own original titles, including Harbinger, X-O Manowar, Shadowman, Archer and Armstrong, Eternal Warrior, Bloodshot, Ninjak and Rai, among others.

Windsor-Smith was the chief designer of the Unity crossover for Valiant Comics and writer and artist for most of the first dozen issues of the title Archer and Armstrong. Valiant became a phenomenon, selling nearly two million copies of premiere issues, and climbing to the third largest comics publisher in the U.S. behind the long-time industry leaders Marvel and DC. This success was due in large part to the quality of the material produced.

In 1993, Barry Windsor-Smith abruptly walked away from Valiant which was soon after sold to video game giant Acclaim Entertainment for $65 million. Acclaim Entertainment neglected the publication of comics in favor of exploiting the characters for video games.

He did some work for Malibu's Ultraverse line (see Rune) as well as for Dark Horse Comics, and at Image Comics, working on the crossover event Wildstorm Rising at WildStorm Productions. At Dark Horse Windsor-Smith created an oversized series, Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller, that contained three ongoing features: The Paradoxman, Young GODS, and The Freebooters, that last a lighthearted action series about a Conan-like character grown older and heavier and now running a tavern. The comic book was cancelled after nine issues; Fantagraphics Books has issued hardcover collections of Young GODS and The Freebooters, and The Paradoxman is expected to be released in 2006. Each of these hardcover volumes includes supplemental features, essays and previously unseen art.

Fantagraphics has also published Windsor-Smith's Adastra in Africa, a hardcover starring a character from Young GODS in a story originally intended to be Lifedeath III of Marvel's The Uncanny X-Men with the character Storm. Fantagraphics also published Opus I & II, a series of two hardcover art books featuring Windsor-Smith's work from throughout his career. These volumes also include his ongoing autobiographical story Time Rise, which features details of his extraordinary experiences with seemingly paranormal phenomena.

In January of 2006, BWS announced on the website Comic Book Galaxy that he is in negotiations to publish a graphic novel at Marvel Comics about the character The Thing.

Date of Birth: May 25, 1949
Birthplace: Forest Gate, London

Website:
E-mail: wsstudio@ulster.net


Favorite Creators:
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Awards:
  • 2008 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Hall of Fame: (Voter's choice)




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Writer:
A1 (1989)
Adastra in Africa (1999)
Archer & Armstrong (1992)
Ariel: The Book of Fantasy (1976)
The Avengers (1973)
Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller (1996)
Barry Windsor-Smith's The Freebooters, Young Gods, The Paradoxman (1995)
The Best of the Fantastic Four (2005)
The Best of Wolverine (2006)
Captain America Comic-Taschenbuch (1988)
Cerebus World Tour Book (1995)
The Chronicles of Kull (2009)
Comic Book Profiles (1998)
The Comics Journal Library (2002)
Conan Le Barbare (1972)
Conan the Barbarian (1970)
Conan vs. Rune (1995)
Die Fantastischen Vier Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
Die Gruppe X Comic-Taschenbuch (1985)
Epic (1983)
Epic Illustrated (1980)
Essential Doctor Strange (2001)
Eternal Warrior (1992)
Exiles (1993)
Firearm (1993)
Following Cerebus (2004)
The Freebooters Collection (2005)
Freex (1993)
Giant Size Rune (1995)
Hardcase (1993)
The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007)
Iron Man (1968)
Iron Man 2020 (2013)
James Robinson's The Complete WildC.A.T.s (2009)
Kimota!: The Miracleman Companion (2001)
Machine Man (1984)
Malibu Signature Series (1993)
Mantra (1993)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Exklusiv (1998)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Limited: The X-Men Chris Claremont Collection (1994)
Marvel Premiere (1972)
Marvel Super Hero Team-Up (2009)
Marvel Weihnachtsspecial 1998 (1998)
Mega Marvel (1993)
The Night Man (1993)
OPUS (1999)
Prime (1993)
Prototype (1993)
Rune (1994)
Sludge (1993)
The Solution (1993)
The Strangers (1993)
Streetwise (2000)
SUBmedia (1999)
Swords of Cerebus (1981)
True Brit (2004)
The Ultimate Graphic Novel Collection (2011)
Ultraverse Origins (1994)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Valiant Masters: 2013 Showcase Edition (2013)
Weapon X (1993)
Wildstorm Rising (1995)
Wolverine Omnibus (2009)
X-Men Classic (1990)
Young Gods & Friends (2003)

Penciller:
A1 (1989)
Adastra in Africa (1999)
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Archer & Armstrong (1992)
Ash (1994)
Astonishing Tales (1970)
Avengers (1998)
The Avengers Log (1994)
The Avengers (1963)
The Avengers (1973)
Avengers: The Ultron Imperative (2001)
The Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives (2010)
Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller (1996)
Barry Windsor-Smith's The Freebooters, Young Gods, The Paradoxman (1995)
Batman 3-D (1990)
Batman Black and White (1996)
The Best of the Fantastic Four (2005)
The Best of Wolverine (2006)
Captain America Comic-Taschenbuch (1988)
Cerebus World Tour Book (1995)
Chamber of Darkness (1969)
The Chronicles of Conan (2003)
The Chronicles of Kull (2009)
Comic Art Convention (1978)
Comics Buyer's Guide Presents The Greatest Comic Book Covers of AllTime! (2012)
Conan Classic (1994)
Conan de Barbaar (1981)
Conan Le Barbare (1972)
Conan Original Art Archives (2013)
Conan Saga (1987)
Conan the Adventurer (1994)
Conan the Barbarian (1970)
Conan vs. Rune (1995)
Conan: The Ultimate Guide To The World's Most Savage Barbarian (2006)
Cosmic Powers Unlimited (1995)
Daredevil (1964)
Deadpool Corps (2010)
Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul (2010)
Deathmate (1993)
Die Fantastischen Vier Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
Die Gruppe X Comic-Taschenbuch (1985)
Die Spinne (1980)
Die Spinne Zweitauflage (1987)
Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts (1979)
Elephantmen (2006)
Epic (1983)
Epic Illustrated (1980)
Essential Avengers (2000)
Essential Classic X-Men (2006)
Essential Conan (2000)
Essential Doctor Strange (2001)
Essential Iron Man (2000)
Essential Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - Deluxe Edition (2006)
Essential Uncanny X-Men (2002)
Essential X-Men (1999)
Eternal Warrior (1992)
Excalibur (1988)
Exiles (1993)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Fantastic Four Epic Collection (2014)
Firearm (1993)
Following Cerebus (2004)
The Freebooters Collection (2005)
Freex (1993)
Giant Size Rune (1995)
Giant-Size Chillers (1975)
Giant-Size Conan (1974)
Hardcase (1993)
Heavy Metal (1977)
Heroes Against Hunger (1986)
The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007)
Iron Man (1968)
Iron Man 2020 (2013)
Iron Man Custom Comic (2009)
James Robinson's The Complete WildC.A.T.s (2009)
Kimota!: The Miracleman Companion (2001)
Kostajat erikoisjulkaisu (1989)
Machine Man (1984)
Machine Man 2020 (1994)
Made in USA (1989)
Madman 20th Anniversary Monster! (2011)
Madman Picture Exhibition (2002)
Malibu Signature Series (1993)
Mantra (1993)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Comics Presents the X-Men (1988)
Marvel Exklusiv (1998)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Limited: The X-Men Chris Claremont Collection (1994)
Marvel Masters (2007)
Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil (2003)
Marvel Masterworks: Doctor Strange (2003)
Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2007)
Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers (2003)
Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men (2003)
Marvel Premiere (1972)
Marvel Super Action (1977)
Marvel Super Hero Team-Up (2009)
Marvel Visionaries: Roy Thomas (2006)
Marvel Visionaries: Stan Lee (2005)
Marvel Weihnachtsspecial 1998 (1998)
Marvelmania Monthly Magazine (1970)
Masters of Terror (1975)
Mega Marvel (1993)
Monsters of the Movies (1974)
Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD (1968)
The Night Man (1993)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Wolverine 2004 (2004)
OPUS (1999)
Pathways To Fantasy (1984)
Planet Of The Apes (UK) (1974)
Prime (1993)
Prime8: Creation (2001)
Prototype (1993)
REH: A Short Biography of Robert E. Howard (1999)
Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian (1983)
Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword (2010)
Robert E. Howard's Worms of the Earth (2000)
Rocket's Blast Comicollector / RBCC (1962)
Rune (1994)
The Sandman (1989)
Savage Sword of Conan (1975)
The Savage Sword Of Conan (1974)
The Savage Sword of Conan (1977)
The Savage Sword of Conan (2007)
The Savage Sword of Kull (2010)
Savage Tales (1971)
Shelf Stuff (1975)
Sin City: Lost, Lonely, & Lethal (1996)
Sludge (1993)
Solar, Man of the Atom (1991)
The Solution (1993)
The Someday Funnies (2011)
Stan Lee Meets (2007)
Star*Reach Companion (2013)
The Strangers (1993)
Streetwise (2000)
The Studio (1979)
SUBmedia (1999)
Superman Special (1992)
Swords of Cerebus (1981)
Target X-Men Encyclopedia (2005)
Tower of Shadows (1969)
True Brit (2004)
Ultraverse Origins (1994)
Ultraverse Premiere (1993)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Unity (1992)
Unity Saga (1994)
Valiant Masters X-O Manowar: Into the Fire (2014)
Valiant Masters: 2013 Showcase Edition (2013)
Vampirella (1969)
Weapon X (1993)
Western Gunfighers Special (1980)
Western Gunfighters (1970)
Wildstorm Rising (1995)
Wizard: Big Covers Book (2003)
Wolverine (1988)
Wolverine Omnibus (2009)
Wolverine Saga (1989)
Wolverine Saga (2009)
X-Mannen (1982)
X-Men (1992)
X-Men Archives Sketchbook (2000)
X-Men Classic (1990)
X-Men: Mutant Massacre (1999)
X-Men: Tekijänä Chris Claremont (2006)
X-O Manowar (1992)
Young Gods & Friends (2003)

Inker:
A1 (1989)
Adastra in Africa (1999)
Archer & Armstrong (1992)
Ash (1994)
The Avengers Log (1994)
The Avengers (1963)
Avengers: The Ultron Imperative (2001)
The Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives (2010)
Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller (1996)
Batman 3-D (1990)
Batman Black and White (1996)
The Best of the Fantastic Four (2005)
The Best of Wolverine (2006)
Captain America: Bicentennial Battles (2005)
Cerebus World Tour Book (1995)
The Chronicles of Conan (2003)
The Chronicles of Kull (2009)
Conan de Barbaar (1981)
Conan Le Barbare (1972)
Conan Original Art Archives (2013)
Conan Saga (1987)
Conan the Barbarian (1970)
Conan vs. Rune (1995)
Conan: The Ultimate Guide To The World's Most Savage Barbarian (2006)
Daredevil (1964)
Die Fantastischen Vier Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
Die Gruppe X Comic-Taschenbuch (1985)
Die Spinne (1980)
Epic (1983)
Epic Illustrated (1980)
Essential X-Men (1999)
Eternal Warrior (1992)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Fantastic Four Epic Collection (2014)
Following Cerebus (2004)
The Freebooters Collection (2005)
Giant Size Rune (1995)
Giant-Size Chillers (1975)
Giant-Size Conan (1974)
Heavy Metal (1977)
The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007)
Iron Man (1968)
Iron Man 2020 (2013)
Machine Man (1984)
Machine Man 2020 (1994)
Made in USA (1989)
Madman Picture Exhibition (2002)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Exklusiv (1998)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Limited: The X-Men Chris Claremont Collection (1994)
Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2007)
Marvel Super Hero Team-Up (2009)
Marvel Treasury Special Featuring Captain America's Bicentennial Battles (1976)
Marvel Visionaries: Roy Thomas (2006)
Marvel Weihnachtsspecial 1998 (1998)
Mega Marvel (1993)
Monsters on the Prowl (1971)
Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD (1968)
OPUS (1999)
Pathways To Fantasy (1984)
Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian (1983)
Rocket's Blast Comicollector / RBCC (1962)
The Sandman (1989)
Savage Sword of Conan (1975)
The Savage Sword Of Conan (1974)
The Savage Sword of Kull (2010)
Savage Tales (1971)
Shelf Stuff (1975)
The Someday Funnies (2011)
Streetwise (2000)
The Studio (1979)
Superman Special (1992)
Swords of Cerebus (1981)
Ultraverse Origins (1994)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Unity (1992)
Vampirella (1969)
Weapon X (1993)
Wolverine (1988)
Wolverine Saga (1989)
X-Mannen (1982)
X-Men (1992)
X-Men Classic (1990)
X-Men: Tekijänä Chris Claremont (2006)
Young Gods & Friends (2003)

Colorist:
Avengers: The Ultron Imperative (2001)
Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller (1996)
The Best of Wolverine (2006)
The Chronicles of Conan (2003)
The Chronicles of Kull (2009)
Conan the Barbarian (1970)
Conan: The Ultimate Guide To The World's Most Savage Barbarian (2006)
Epic Illustrated (1980)
The Freebooters Collection (2005)
Freex (1993)
Giant Size Rune (1995)
Giant-Size Conan (1974)
Heavy Metal (1977)
Iron Man (1968)
Iron Man 2020 (2013)
James Robinson's The Complete WildC.A.T.s (2009)
Machine Man (1984)
Machine Man 2020 (1994)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Exklusiv (1998)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Limited: The X-Men Chris Claremont Collection (1994)
Marvel Weihnachtsspecial 1998 (1998)
Mega Marvel (1993)
OPUS (1999)
Rune (1994)
Sludge (1993)
The Someday Funnies (2011)
The Studio (1979)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Weapon X (1993)
Wildstorm Rising (1995)
X-Mannen (1982)
X-Men (1992)
X-Men Classic (1990)
X-Men: Tekijänä Chris Claremont (2006)
Young Gods & Friends (2003)

Letterer:

Editor:
Archer & Armstrong (1992)
Eternal Warrior (1992)
The Freebooters Collection (2005)
Giant Size Rune (1995)
Rai (1992)
Solar, Man of the Atom (1991)
Unity (1992)
Valiant Voice (1993)
X-O Manowar (1992)
Young Gods & Friends (2003)

Cover Artist:
Adastra in Africa (1999)
Archer & Armstrong (1992)
Ariel: The Book of Fantasy (1976)
The Avengers (1963)
Avengers: The Ultron Imperative (2001)
Backlash (1994)
The Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives (2010)
Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller (1996)
Barry Windsor-Smith's The Freebooters, Young Gods, The Paradoxman (1995)
Batman Black and White (1996)
Bloodshot (1993)
Bloodshot: Blood of the Machine (2012)
Captain Marvel (1968)
The Chronicles of Conan (2003)
The Chronicles of Kull (2009)
Collection Image (1996)
Comic Art Convention (1978)
Comic Shop News (1987)
Conan (1984)
Conan Classic (1994)
Conan Le Barbare (1972)
Conan Original Art Archives (2013)
Conan Saga (1987)
Conan the Barbarian (1970)
Conan vs. Rune (1995)
Daredevil (1964)
Dark Horse Insider (1996)
Deadpool (1997)
Deathblow (1993)
Die Rächer (2001)
Doctor Strange (1968)
Epic Illustrated (1980)
Essential Doctor Strange (2001)
Eternal Warrior (1992)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Fantastic Four (1998)
Firearm (1993)
Firestar (1986)
The Freebooters Collection (2005)
Freex (1993)
Gen13 (1995)
Giant Size Rune (1995)
Grifter (1995)
H.A.R.D. Corps (1992)
Hardcase (1993)
The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007)
Iron Man (1968)
The Jack Kirby Collector (1994)
Kull The Conqueror (1983)
Machine Man (1984)
Machine Man 2020 (1994)
The Malibu Sun (1991)
Mantra (1993)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Comics Presents the X-Men (1988)
Marvel Exklusiv (1998)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Premiere (1972)
Marvel Super Hero Team-Up (2009)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
Marvel Treasury Edition (1974)
Marvelmania Monthly Magazine (1970)
Mega Marvel (1993)
Miracleman (1985)
New Mutants Classic (2006)
The New Mutants (1983)
New X-Men (2001)
Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD (1968)
The Night Man (1993)
OPUS (1999)
Pathways To Fantasy (1984)
Predator vs. Magnus Robot Fighter (1992)
Prime (1993)
Prototype (1993)
Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian (1983)
Rune (1994)
Rune/Silver Surfer (1995)
Ryhmä-X / X-Men (1984)
Sarjakuvalehti (1990)
Savage Sword of Conan (1975)
Shelf Stuff (1975)
Silver Surfer (1968)
Sludge (1993)
Solar, Man of the Atom (1991)
The Solution (1993)
The Someday Funnies (2011)
Star*Reach (1974)
Stormwatch (1993)
The Studio (1979)
Swords of Cerebus (1981)
Tales of the Teen Titans (1984)
Team 7: Objective: Hell (1995)
Thor (1998)
The Ultimate Graphic Novel Collection (2011)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Union (1995)
Unity (1992)
Unity Saga (1994)
Valiant Masters: 2013 Showcase Edition (2013)
Weapon X (1993)
Wetworks (1994)
WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams (1992)
Wildstorm Rising (1995)
Wizard (1991)
Wolverine (1988)
Wydanie Specjalne (1992)
X-Men (1992)
X-Men Archives Sketchbook (2000)
X-O Manowar (1992)
Young Gods & Friends (2003)



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