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Windsor-Smith, Barry - Weapon X (1992 and 2011)

Artist: Barry Windsor-Smith (All)

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Windsor-Smith, Barry - Weapon X (1992 and 2011) Comic Art



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Title: Windsor-Smith, Barry - Weapon X (1992 and 2011)
Artist: Barry Windsor-Smith (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Illustration
For Sale Status: NEVER
Views: 4,556
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Comments: 37
Added to Site: 2/6/2011
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This piece ends a long journey for me in finding a 'definitive' image of Barry Windsor-Smith's Wolverine/Logan/Weapon X. This piece is a massive 23'' x 31'' and is absolutely stunning to look at in person - it just jumps off of the paper it is drawn on.

This image was inspired by the drawing of Logan on page 65 of BWS' Opus: Volume One. He decided to revisit and expand on the piece - this was the result. He began working on the piece in 1991, first completed and dated the Opus image in 1992 and then made final finishes in 2011. Windsor-Smith had this to say about the piece in Opus: Volume One, "This shot was a cliche of my own making right up until the moment that I realized that his eyes should be shut. With closed eyes he's passive and tortured, but eminently capable of terrible ferocity. It's my classic Weapon X shot."

Barry Windsor-Smith (born 1949) gained international acclaim as the original artist for Marvel Comics’ Conan the Barbarian from 1970 to 1973, where he rapidly evolved a unique, sophisticated and intricate artistic style.

His first Marvel assignment was drawing both the cover and interiors for issue #53 of the X-Men (February 1969) . The quality of that issue secured Windsor-Smith further work with Marvel – namely, the art for a number of stories in the horror anthology titles Tower of Shadows and Chamber of Darkness. He would eventually pencil the company’s adaptation of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian character, starting with the 'The Coming Of Conan’ story in Conan the Barbarian #1 (October 1970). His last major accomplishment for Marvel was the serialized Weapon X feature in 'Marvel Comics Presents' #72-84 (1991). Weapon X was his personal conception of the origin of the X-Men character Wolverine. He wrote, drew, inked and colored the entire 120-page story.

Set years before Logan would adopt the Wolverine moniker, the series lacks many of the typical comic book character story elements - he never appears in costume, almost all of his trademark personality traits are absent and none of his super-powered acquaintances are shown or even mentioned. What the heck kind of comic book story is that? Well, a great one.

The code-name Weapon X was first mentioned in Wolverine’s first appearance in The Incredible Hulk #181 (November 1974). It would take some time for the specifics of that program to be revealed, but eventually fans would come to know that Weapon X was part of a larger program called Weapon Plus, a United States super-soldier program created in the 1940’s with the purpose of creating super-soldiers and assassins. While originally intended to create an upper hand for the U.S. in conventional wars, writer Grant Morrison's run on New X-Men in 2002 revealed that Weapon X was the tenth of an entire series of projects under the Program, and the X in "Weapon X" referred not to the letter X, but to the Roman numeral for the number 10. Further, the first project (Weapon I) was actually the super-soldier project that created Captain America. Weapon X would be where the Program branched into the extermination of mutants.

It’s at that point that we join our hero, Logan, as he is about to be abducted into Weapon X - a fictional clandestine government genetic research project & facility operated under the Weapon Plus Program through the Canadian Government's Department K (which I am assuming had to do with the fact Logan was a Canadian citizen – or, conversely, like today, when we start to do really bad things we domicile it in a foreign country). The project’s mission was to capture mutants (although they also captured regular human beings), experiment on them to enhance their superpowers and turn them into weapons (as a side note, the project was pretty successful – it produced such characters as Wolverine, Deadpool, Maverick & Sabretooth, among others). The series tells the tale of Logan’s adamantium bonding process (a.k.a. Experiment X) that, in conjunction with his healing ability (his natural mutation), will make him virtually indestructible. He’s also subjected to brainwashing in order to bring out his most basic murderous instincts and transform him into the perfect assassin. The scientists christen their new killing machine "Weapon X". He eventually escapes into the wilderness after going on a murderous rampage at the Weapon X facility. It’s a surreal take on what is done in the name of science and national security that explains the brooding and troubled hero that Wolverine would become – and it is a foundational tale in the Marvel universe.

His sporadic participation in the industry notwithstanding, Windsor-Smith would receive numerous awards for his work in the field from the Academy of Comic Book Arts, the British Fantasy Society, the Comic Buyer’s Guide Awards, the Inkpot Awards and the Harvey Awards. Most important among them, though, was his 2008 Eisner Award Hall of Fame induction.


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Peter P wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Amazing!! Another STUNNING addition, this is spectacular, congrats! =)
Posted on 2/6/2011

Bryan  Simmons wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow, that is just stunning. Super sized congrats on this. If you don't have this professionally framed and hung above some mantle somewhere there is something wrong with you! ;) Enjoy.
Posted on 2/6/2011

Joseph Melchior wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Absolutely killer Wolverine image. Huge score, Chris.
Posted on 2/6/2011

J L wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Definitive and stunning!!!! Congrats.
Posted on 2/6/2011

Felix  Lu wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Wowza. Can only imagine what this looks like in person. Congrats!!
Posted on 2/6/2011

George H wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I agree truly STUNNING!!! Not sure how any one could top this!!! Mind-blowing to say the least. WOW. Congrats my friend.
Posted on 2/6/2011

Terry Maltos wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
So nice. Congrats!
Posted on 2/6/2011

Ron Sonenthal wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Awesome in every way. Huge congratulations on a great grab!
Posted on 2/6/2011

Crees Tyler wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Truly Amazing ! WoooW ! Congrats Ron
Posted on 2/7/2011

F M wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Holly s@$t!
Posted on 2/7/2011

Mike W wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 2/7/2011

Patrick  Brooks wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 2/7/2011

Phillip K  V wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Speechless - i could look at this piece for hours. Congratulations!
Posted on 2/7/2011

Carlos P. wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Woaaaaaaa!!!!!!, ii´s really good, very good. Congrats.
Posted on 2/7/2011

- Artemaria wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Very nice piece. While it may not be published now, with an image and subject matter like this, there is an excellent chance that it soon will be. Congratulations on an excellent acquistion!
Posted on 2/7/2011

Kolin V wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 2/7/2011

Kasra Ghanbari wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 2/7/2011

Jeremy Radisich wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow, fantastic. A great centerpiece to any collection...
Posted on 2/7/2011

Justin Porter wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Amazing piece. Congrats!
Posted on 2/7/2011

Dave Kopecki wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow, this is incredible! I can only imagine how much bigger and better it must look in person! Congrats on such a great BWS piece!
Posted on 2/7/2011

Michael Peters wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Amazing, as BWS's work always is! 23'' x 31'' ? Wow!
Posted on 2/7/2011

Nelson Animated Ink wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
A fantastic rendition by BWS. Congratulations Ronan, this is another great acquisition to your collection. Btw - If BWS claims copyright of the image, he can't refer to the character as Weapon X, Wolverine, or Logan as Marvel (Disney), owns those rights. "Man with claws" just dosn't have the same impact. Lol. Cheers! N.
Posted on 2/8/2011

Jonathan Mueller wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Hmph... Unpublished = Unworthy of your collection! I'll take this eyesore off your hands! Seriously though, as you and so many others have indicated, this is a stellar example of BWS's Weapon X! Just awe-inspiring! Thanks for sharing!
Posted on 2/12/2011

COMIC PARADISE wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
congrats again ronan.
Posted on 2/13/2011

Maria Coppola wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow, I am like a kid in a candy store! So many fantastic images! Gorgeous!
Posted on 8/25/2011

Matt S wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
i wonder if this is would be considered the Mother of all Weapon X pages?... sure looks like it to me... i'd love to see what could beat it.
Posted on 9/21/2011

Paperchaser 1968 wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
...scary good,what a sensational piece!!
Posted on 10/22/2011

Mike (aka Off White) White wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
What an incredible piece!!!
Posted on 12/17/2011

Luca Baldi wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Oh my God!!!!!!!!! I can't believe that someone have this incredible art..... Thanks for sharing!!!!
Posted on 1/29/2012

Michael One Minute Later wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
What exactly does one say when confronted by such an Amazing Masterpiece
Posted on 2/24/2012

Horacio Alvarez wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Authentic Grail....... Congrats ¡¡¡¡¡
Posted on 2/29/2012

Emanuele Peveri wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
BWS at his best! Huge Grail!
Posted on 5/6/2012

D Sugar wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
This piece is insane, Barry is a weapon himself. Congrats!
Posted on 10/16/2012

j sly wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wowzas! Sweet piece and excellent collection!
Posted on 12/6/2012

J W wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Just ridiculously good. Not much more to say.
Posted on 12/7/2012

Malvin V wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
A great representative BWS Weapon X piece! Very nice!
Posted on 10/23/2014

red raven wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
by cronos !!! this is a grail !!!!
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