Genesis West Announces Original Art Archives Volume 1: Red Nails Featuring Conan

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Genesis West Publishing confirmed today the release of its first major oversize art book. ORIGINAL ART ARCHIVES VOLUME 1: RED NAILS features the legendary CONAN tale as adapted from Robert E. Howard’s pulp classic.

Conan Red Nails Title Page

Conan, Red Nails drawn by Barry Windsor-Smith

With the reproduction in this book, it’s basically like you’re looking at the actual original art itself.

Genesis West Publishing confirmed today the release of its first major oversize art book. ORIGINAL ART ARCHIVES VOLUME 1: RED NAILS features the legendary CONAN tale as adapted from Robert E. Howard’s pulp classic by comics legends Roy Thomas and Barry (Windsor) Smith.
 
When the 58 page story first appeared in SAVAGE TALES numbers 2 and 3 in the early 1970s, comic fans the world over were treated to a visual feast the likes of which had never been seen before in the comics medium. Mr Smith had been taking the monthly CONAN comic to new artistic heights with each succeeding issue, leaving readers shaking their heads in amazement, but this new work took comics to even yet another level.
 
In this volume, the preposterously exquisite and detailed work of Mr. Smith as it serves Mr. Howard and Mr. Thomas’ marvelous script is presented at the size of the original art as it was drawn. Having been meticulously scanned in color, it reveals every detail and nuance as seen on the art itself including handwritten notations, corrections and even original pencil lines.
 
As publisher of this work and a lifelong comic art fan Mike Thibodeaux,who was also Jack Kirby’s inker in later years, puts it: "I’ve had the chance to look over Barry’s art on this job at great length and I can tell you, we really hit it out of the park on this one. With the reproduction in this book, it’s basically like you’re looking at the actual original art itself. When the fans get to see the book for themselves they’ll see that this piece is truly in a class of it's own- the printing, the design, the bonus pages with enlargements- even the slipcase that each book comes in- these are all as good as they come. On top of that we have a few other little extras and we got people like Roy Thomas, Jose Villarrubia and George Perez to contribute some of the articles. But mainly, I think the fans out there will be just as blown away as I was when I first laid eyes on the art."

For more information and to order directly please visit originalartarchives.com
 
ORIGINAL ART ARCHIVES VOLUME 1: RED NAILS
( HC, SLIPCASED, B&W/ COLOR, 136 pgs ) ISBN 978-1-4675-7215-6
Price: $150 including S&H (USA shipment only)

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