Thursday, 3 May 2018

Barry Windsor-Smith's Unpublished Thing Graphic Novel



Now here's a real treat. Back in the '80's, Barry Windsor-Smith started work on a Thing graphic novel that was never finished or published.
Well, last week, pal of this here blog Mark Frazer sent me scans of the 48 pages known to exist.
After I picked my jaw back up off the floor, I uuhmed and aahed about whether I could actually legally post the piece, until I decided, what the hell, let's just ask the man himself.
And as you can see, Barry is happy for us to see this lost masterpiece, so here it is!
Obviously the art's magnificent ( and of course all art is copyright Barry Windsor-Smith / BWS 2018 ), but I actually think it's one of the best things BWS has written too.
It's the ever lovin' blue eyed one, as you know him, but from an angle you've never seen before.
















































18 comments:

  1. Crom! Those pages are gorgeous!

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  2. I've said it before - I'll say it again: DC, Marvel & Dark Horse all are all dumber than an old gym sock filled with toothpaste for not letting BWS do as he wanted. The man is as gifted a writer as he is an artist.

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  3. Did Barry give his permission to post these pages? This was planned as a mini-series, not a graphic novel. Barry let me use one page in KIRBY100 of the Xeroxes he loaned me and asked me not to share, which I did not. Posting lessens the value of BWS's work, but if he explicitly knows this has been posted, there ya go.

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    1. Did you not read the post at all?

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  4. I guess he's changed his mind, Jon. As I say I emailed BWS via his website to ask permission, and his colleague Margaret Stewart responded to say he was fine with me going forward with this.
    Like you, If he'd have said no, or limited me to a couple of pages, I would've respected his wishes.
    BTW of course I'd prefer it on paper ( in one of your great magazines for instance ) but this is the next best thing, no pun intended.

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    1. I honestly didn't think that BWS would mind - but I'm still glad you verified it, as I wouldn't want this going public without his blessing either. There's more than enough casual theft going around online without dissing someone of BWS's stature & the man deserves our respect as well as our admiration.

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  5. Hi Pete, I'm Andrea Fiamma, I'm writing a piece about this "lost pages". How did you (or Mark) obtained these pages?

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  6. Hi Andrea, I don't know how Mark came across these, he just emailed me out of the blue, but I can email him now and ask. Leave it with me and I'll let you know when he gets back to me.

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    1. I'll leave you my e-mail, it's easier for me: andrea.fiamma.fdi@gmail.com

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  7. For those who are curious like Andrea, it's actually the perfect punchline.
    Mark was looking at some online BWS art last week, when he saw some Thing art he didn't recognise.
    After a bit of searching, it turns out that BWS had posted the whole thing on facebook last December - And none of us noticed!
    SHEESH!
    Note to self: Pay attention more often...

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  8. Thanks so much for posting this! I love this period of BWS's work.

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  9. This is awesome work. The fact that Mr. Smith didn't have his own run as writer/artist of Fantastic Four seems truly unfortunate.

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  10. You're welcome fellas, cheers.

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  11. And if you want to read Andrea's article, here it is - : http://www.fumettologica.it/2018/05/fumetto-cosa-barry-windsor-smith-marvel/
    Fumetto Logica looks like a cool site to visit to.

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  12. Notice the location on the final page -- 177a Bleeker Street, home of Dr Strange.

    A crying shame this is not complete and published -- given the length of Marvel GNs, there were probably another 20 or 30 pages to go -- but tremendous to be able to see this much of it.

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