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Uncanny X-Men #198 cover

Artist: Barry Windsor-Smith (All)

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Uncanny X-Men #198 cover Comic Art
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Life Death Trade

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Artwork Details

Title: Uncanny X-Men #198 cover
Artist: Barry Windsor-Smith (All)
Media Type: Marker
Art Type: Cover
For Sale Status: NFS, but offers welcome!
Views: 6,656
Likes on CAF:
Favorited on CAF: 10
Comments: 62
Added to Site: 2/2/2006
Comic Art Archive: The Uncanny X-Men
Issue: 198   Page: cover

Description

ACQUISITION DATE: 2001
SOURCE: private
OWNER HISTORY: unknown
DIMENSIONS: 11x17
STOCK: bristol
CREATION DATE: 1984
SIGNATURE: none
PUBLICATION: October 1985


First of all, would you believe that the first time I saw this piece was on ebay IT DID NOT SELL??? I emailed the seller for the reserve price after the auction ended, and it sounded like a lot at the time, but probably not so much in today's market.

Anyway, when the auction ended, I desperately wanted to get this piece and I frantically began to try to find a way to make that happen. I started emailing and calling all my collector friends to see if there was any piece of mine they either wanted to buy or trade for this cover. Luckily, I found a friend who had been eyeing some things from my collection and also knew someone who lived within driving distance of the seller. When we finally came to terms, he sent his friend to pay for and pick up this piece. My friend then had it shipped out west to him and was able to hand deliver it to me in San Diego (where I lived at the time) when he came to pick up the pieces I was trading him.

The funniest part of this story is that when he got to my place, he really needed to go to the bathroom. So he put the piece down on the carpet and ran into the bathroom. While he was in there, I got down on my hands and knees and slowly opened the package. As soon as I laid eyes on the very first BWS piece of my 25 year collecting career, I was in love. When my friend finally came out of the bathroom, I'm sure the sight of me on my hands and knees, mouth open, and ass sticking up in the air, must've been hysterical. What's even funnier is that I must've stayed in that position for a good 10-15 minutes!

Of course whenever I look at the piece NOW, I don't do it on my hands and knees. But my love for this piece is still as strong as it was from the first moment I saw it.

My sincere thanks to Joe, Irving, Albert, and of course Mr. Barry Windsor-Smith!

(2/22/13) My thanks to fellow CAFer Troy Punswick for alerting me to the existence of a Life Death trade for which this cover art was also used. I have uploaded the trade cover to the ADDITIONAL IMAGES. Thanks Troy!

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Joined: March 2005
 
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TIM TOWNSEND wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
You are KILLING ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on 3/27/2005


Ben Bressel wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
ME TOO!!!!!!
Posted on 3/28/2005


Walden Wong wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Whoa... This oiece is amazing to see in black and white. I can't even imagine how the original looks. Must be mind blowing.
Posted on 5/1/2005


/ / wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Stunning! A piece that epitomizes all of the masterful qualities of Barry Windsor-Smith. Lyrical, elegant, emotional, raw and powerful. Congrats.
Posted on 5/23/2005


Jonathan Mueller wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
I just finished browsing the whole of your collection, as I'm prone to do, and I must say this is my favorite piece... and considering the rest of your collection, that is really saying something!!
Posted on 2/2/2006


Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Thanks Tim, Ben, Walden, & Brent! As for YOU Jonathan, I don't know which is more impressive. That you actually went through my entire gallery all in one sitting, or that you actually were able to narrow it down to ONE favorite piece. I've been trying to do that for over 20 years and I can barely keep it down to my top TEN favorites, much less ONE! You're a better man than I, JM! =)
Posted on 2/3/2006


K Tsu wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I'm sitting here and MY mouth is open. BWS is a genius and kudos for you for orchestrating an elaborate NBA-like trade between multiple teams! You're a MAD MAN! -K
Posted on 4/3/2006


Enrico Niederberger wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I def can feel u. teh same feeling I had with a piece I got in recently (which is not that "BIG" like urs though)
Posted on 7/27/2006


Keith Kamikawa wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Stunning, just stunning!
Posted on 10/23/2006


Jonathan Mueller wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
No offense to Storm or Windsor-Smith, but after having the immense pleasure of viewing your collection in person, a few other pieces have risen in my esteem... your P. C. Russell Scarlet Witch piece is in a class by itself... not to mention that piece that was so horribly wronged by the publishing process, man I LOVE that one~:)
Posted on 4/8/2007


Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
I'm sure Barry isn't losing any sleep over your decision Jonathan. If anything, he's probably a big PCR fan himself. =)
Posted on 4/9/2007


Jonathan Mueller wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
As incredible as this piece appears here, it really doesn't do the original justice... I'm such a sucker for the blueline pencils that are evident on the original... thanks for sharing it with me Eric, took my appreciation of it to a whole new level! ~:)
Posted on 5/14/2007


Ben Bressel wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
still a resounding wow!
Posted on 6/4/2007


* From The Land Beyond wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Storm at her finest. BWS rocks!
Posted on 6/19/2007


Paul Greer wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow! That's all I can say. Nothing could describe how beautiful this cover is.
Posted on 7/8/2007


Daniel Hernandez wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow!!!!!!!!!! That is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!
Posted on 8/24/2007


Icon UK wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I always thought this piece might look more impressive in black and white than colour. DAMN but it's nice to be proved right!!
Posted on 8/27/2007


Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Well, considering that the printing process of comic covers in general usually SUCK, that wasn't too hard of a guess! LOL But I understand what you mean about this piece in particular. With certain pieces, it's even MORE painful to see them butchered that way!
Posted on 8/27/2007


Mike W wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Great story!!! Definitely a Grail!!!
Posted on 10/4/2007


Ken R wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
So incredible in person with all the blue lines...BWS is a master indeed!
Posted on 10/8/2007


Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
I know, I know! A lot of people have been bugging me about replacing this image with an actual color scan so they can see all that blueline. I guess I'll have to do it eventually! =)
Posted on 10/8/2007


EDGAR LIM wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
again ERIC, a killer cover from master BWS, im one fof the victim . you just shot me right in the head bullseye. just wondering what view can replace the first view you lay your eyes on this BEAUTY., excluding the guy going to the bathroom off course he he he. just AWESOME.
Posted on 12/16/2007


Dave Kopecki wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Fantastic BWS cover!!! Congats!
Posted on 5/6/2008


MyFavorite ComicArt wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wonderful cover! I remember when this came out, and BWS does Storm right!
Posted on 5/8/2008


Thomas Rosko wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Barry's run on X-Men always held a special fondness for me and thank you for sharing this. I love it!
Posted on 6/3/2008


Brandon Bollom wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I managed to miss this when I was looking at your other galleries! BWS?!? I'm somehow both in awe and in pain. So beautiful...so jealous :)
Posted on 8/11/2008


Michael Radeke wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I can't believe I haven't left a comment on this breathtaking piece?!? Lord knows I have looked at it often enough :) Simply perfect!!
Posted on 10/30/2008


Wade Furlong wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Beyond classic. This one shows all of BWS's mastery. The anatomical dynamic, the old master classical touch, and line work that just makes the view dizzy with glee. What a winner.*
Posted on 5/26/2009


Marc Glazer wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
You can add me to the list ó and Ditto to everything everyone else said. Wow!
Posted on 7/28/2009


Crees Tyler wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
This is INSANE and AMAZING !!! I'm Jalous !!! ;-)
Posted on 10/20/2009


Rabid Ferret wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Yum yum...awesome piece and a great story!!
Posted on 4/8/2010


Michael  Mikulovsky wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Very nice, I miss BWS's beautiful comic art. I wish he had done a Hercules mini-series back then. I truly envy your collection! WOW!
Posted on 5/2/2011


Kenneth Parkhurst wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Epic masterpiece!
Posted on 5/29/2011


Maria Coppola wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow! What else is there to say? How did I miss this classic cover last time I visited? Absolutely perfect in every way!
Posted on 7/25/2011


Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Maria Coppola said:
Wow! What else is there to say? How did I miss this classic cover last time I visited? Absolutely perfect in every way!

That's okay Maria, I'm just glad you came back for another visit. And thanks so much for the very kind comment. Hope you come back soon and find more art you like! =)
Posted on 7/25/2011


Dean Abraham wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
What a stunning piece of art. A classic cover. What a collection!!
Posted on 12/7/2011


COMIC PARADISE wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
one of my fav. bws cover. congrats
Posted on 3/16/2012


- Artemaria wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
From the layout to the linework to the fact that it looks good both from far away and upclose, this piece certainly blows me away. Congratulations on an uncannily excellent acquisition!
Posted on 5/27/2012


Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
- Artemaria said:
From the layout to the linework to the fact that it looks good both from far away and upclose, this piece certainly blows me away. Congratulations on an uncannily excellent acquisition!

Thank you my friend. Looking forward to the day when you can come and visit both me and the piece!
Posted on 5/27/2012


FRED deBOOM wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
!!! ASTOUNDING !!! Storm by BWS!!!
Posted on 7/23/2012


Rafael Amat wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
No words...!!!!
Posted on 9/4/2012


Alberto Garcia wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Beautifull!!
Posted on 9/25/2012


www. ComicLink.com Original Art Auctions and Exchange wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
A highly memorable cover by a fascinating artist.
Posted on 10/30/2012


Eelco V wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Just beautiful!
Posted on 11/4/2012


Peter Venkman wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
One of those few gems Barry Smith graced Marvel comics with. Congrats Eric!
Posted on 3/24/2013


Fabio C. wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
beautiful, just beatiful
Posted on 4/11/2013


Suat Tong Ng wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I remember this cover from way back then. Your story and passion for it is even better.
Posted on 4/27/2013


J. Hiroshi Morisaki wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
You know... the fact that this doesn't make my Top 10 speaks to the fact that you just have too much cool artwork in your collection...
Posted on 6/2/2013


Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
J. Hiroshi Morisaki said:
You know... the fact that this doesn't make my Top 10 speaks to the fact that you just have too much cool artwork in your collection...

Hey, that's your fault for loading your Top 10 with Art Adams pieces! LOL! You could always bump one of those and put the BWS in its place! Thanks for the comment buddy!
Posted on 6/2/2013


Thomas V wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
After buying up 90% of the comics BWS has drawn since machine man he is fast becoming my favorite artist in 2013. This cover is spectacular Eric! I can't believe it didn't sell initially either but i'm glad you had the good fortune of acquiring it. Congrats!
Posted on 6/7/2013


Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Thomas V said:
After buying up 90% of the comics BWS has drawn since machine man he is fast becoming my favorite artist in 2013. This cover is spectacular Eric! I can't believe it didn't sell initially either but i'm glad you had the good fortune of acquiring it. Congrats!

Well, it was a costly trade my friend. Thinking back on it, I don't know if I would have pulled the trigger if it were any other piece. But I wanted a pure BWS so badly and I sort of figured I would never get a vintage Studio piece, or a vintage Gorblimey piece, or even a nice Conan piece. So I "settled" (I know, that's funny) for a more contemporary work. I gave up my (at the time) only two Perez covers, but since I was able to replace those with an even BETTER Perez cover, I have no regrets. Thanks for the comment bro!
Posted on 6/7/2013


Ronan Killack wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Can't believe I have not commented on this one. It's beautiful.
Posted on 9/4/2014


Matt W wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Is this a dream? What an unbelievable piece of art. I can't believe I haven't seen before!
Posted on 2/2/2015


Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Matt W said:
Is this a dream? What an unbelievable piece of art. I can't believe I haven't seen before!

I know what you mean about dreaming Matt. It's been almost 15 years and I still have to pinch myself from time to time. Thanks for the comment.
Posted on 2/2/2015


Jonathan Mueller wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
It's nice that Marvel re-used this for the Life Death trade; but they really should have included the background for the reprint. The piece doesn't have near the visual impact without the tumultuous clouds brewing versus Storm's zen like state!
Posted on 2/24/2015


Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Jonathan Mueller said:
It's nice that Marvel re-used this for the Life Death trade; but they really should have included the background for the reprint. The piece doesn't have near the visual impact without the tumultuous clouds brewing versus Storm's zen like state!

Agree and disagree. I agree with you that it doesn't have the same visual impact without the beautiful background. But for the reprint, I think from a marketing standpoint, it was a good idea to put a new spin on the familiar and classic image, just to distinguish between the original and the trade. Not that I care, since I do own the original. heh-heh!
Posted on 2/24/2015


Jeff Singh wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
A big Wow! I can't believe I missed this piece before. CAF has so many gems on it. This is such an iconic image. I was never an X-men fan but I did read the book for a year or so and this came out during that time. I remember the issue, the art and story well. My second favorite BWS piece of all time. Dinsdale!
Posted on 2/25/2015


Ronan Killack wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
So stunning that I think it merits a second comment...
Posted on 2/25/2015


Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Jeff Singh said:
A big Wow! I can't believe I missed this piece before. CAF has so many gems on it. This is such an iconic image. I was never an X-men fan but I did read the book for a year or so and this came out during that time. I remember the issue, the art and story well. My second favorite BWS piece of all time. Dinsdale!

Second favorite of all time? Wow! Thanks Jeff! I think that may be one of the nicest complements Iíve gotten on this piece. Iím really flattered. And I have to say that I absolutely agree with you about CAF being so full of great gems. Some of our newer collectors may be discouraged by this, thinking that theyíve missed out by starting so late. But I think that itís just the opposite. When you see all the great artwork on this site, it should make you realize that there is more than enough artwork for everyone to participate and enjoy this amazing hobby of ours. Anyway, thanks again for your wonderful comment.
Posted on 2/25/2015


Ben Bressel wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
still one of my favorites!
Posted on 3/12/2015


Ken Fries wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Every so often I come here to your page and visit this piece in particular to remind myself of how much I hate you. ;)
Posted on 5/12/2015


Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Ken Fries said:
Every so often I come here to your page and visit this piece in particular to remind myself of how much I hate you. ;)

Well, as long as you hate me for a good reason (and I can't think of a better reason than this cover LOL). Thanks buddy!
Posted on 5/12/2015


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