Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Fifty - Barry Windsor-Smith Weapon X

This could be the most valuable page in my collection. But it is special to me not for its' monetary value but for the sheer beauty and artistry of the page. Ladies and gentlemen, page 7 from Chapter 2 of Barry Windsor Smith's epic Wolverine origin story, Weapon X!

Barry Windsor-Smith Weapon X Chapter 2 page 7

This is such a great page, art AND story. You have the previously vicious but now sedated and subdued Wolverine and the scientists central to his creation expressing their true ignorance of what a unique patient they have with their current Weapon X subject. The linework on the page, especially on the Wolverine panels,is amazing. (The figure in panel two looks straight out of the Trimpe/BWS Machine Man series.) Wolverine in the tank is an iconic and unforgettable image and you can see why on this page. The images are mesmerizing: tubes, wires, and futuristic technology supporting and evolving the primitive and bestial figure of Wolverine.

I love it. It was one of the first pieces I had framed when I first envisioned The Fifty. It hangs proudly about six feet in front of me, 2 o'clock high, and it is beautiful.

The Fifty
1  BWS Storyteller Young Gods page 4
2  Tony Harris / Ray Snyder Dr. Strange WIRED Magazine cover
3  BWS Weapon X page
4  Gene Colan / Tom Palmer Tomb of Dracula 44 page 1 splash
5  Simon Bisley Dr. Strange vs The Mindless Ones
6  Ted McKeever Dr. Strange vs Dr.Doom in Hell
7  Dan Green Dr. Strange: Into Shamballa splash
8  Tony Harris 1994 Starman pinup
9  Bill Sienkiewicz Superman 400 pinup recreation
10  JHW3 Milestone Forever pinup
11  Darwyn Cooke Wonder Woman
12  Dan Adkins Dr Strange 170 page 11
13 JH Williams 3rd / Mick Gray Promethea 24 double page spread
14  Rudy Nebres - Dr. Strange, Dracula & The Scarlet Witch
15  Anna Merli Clea
16  Mitchell Bretweiser Dr. Strange watercolor
17  Jae Lee Dr. Strange

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