Monday, May 28, 2012

King Conan #1 Splash Page Art

King Conan #1 opens with a fantastic splash page by John Buscema and Ernie Chan featuring a montage of the Cimmerian's conquests and trials over the years. The original art shows detail not apparent in the printed color version and an interesting note in the margins, presumably from John Buscema to Ernie Chan. "Inker/Embellisher: Conan is 55 or so here; very strong, but with a few more lines in his face, and some gray in his hair...."  The rest of the note doesn't make the scan, but it's clear that John Buscema didn't want the inker to draw King Conan like the young barbarian gracing the pages of two other Marvel titles on a monthly basis.

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