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...although it could be. Windsor-Smith's inks look odd. Given how much he was a fan of Jack's you would have thought he'd be more faithful to the pencils. I'm sure he was jazzed to do this tho...
First time I've been exposed to Smith inks on Kirby, I was wondering the same thing.
Knowing Barry Smith, back from his Kirby-clone day, I was disappointed.
It felt like he was trying to subdue Kirby's style, wrapping everything with his own manierisms.
I was maybe wrong but, at that time, I couldn't help but see some huge ego at work.
Now I look at it at best as a failed curiosity.
There are inkers who do just put their own style in no matter what. I remember Wally Wood inking a Gene Colan Daredevil -- and it looked like a Wally Wood story, not Gene Colan. It's the way it is. I remember once seeing some John Buscema pages for a Conan he was going to ink himself and it was mainly indications of figures -- he was going to finish them when he inked them, otherwise it was all minimalist.
Sure, but Wally Wood didn't start his comicbook career as a Colan-wannabe like Barry Smith did with Kirby.
I might add that I did enjoy Smith's "Kirby" days.
I second that. Smith's over-the-top Kirbyesque manner of 1969 was a gas. His Daredevil issue featuring Black Panther was a particular high point.
(I happen to own 5 originals from his very first Marvel appearance on X-Men.)
His Conan was great, but I found the stuff after that greatly disapointing.
Pencils to Inks tab added.
...I love Smith's inks on this book. And if you compare them to the (very nice) pencilled artwork, you'll see that he was actually quite faithful to Jack's drawings. BWS had a different style of linework than a lot of Kirby's other inkers, but you can't blame an artist for being true to himself in that regard. That's the guy's style, which is pretty hard to change; and in this case I think the combination produced beautiful results.