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In September of 2005 Barry Windsor-Smith resumed work on his unpublished 1985 graphic novel THE THING. "It's a dark comedy that explores Ben Grimm's man-monster psychology," says BWS, who is in ongoing negotiations with Marvel to bring the story to print.
I have forever linked Barry Windsor-Smith and Ben Grimm in my memory, thanks to a sight gag BWS concocted in the 1980s. The image of Ben Grimm, gobsmacked at his own reflection in his bathroom mirror, staring at his mudcrack-fissured visage, as tube-like WHISKERS seemed to sprout from his mug.
It was a hilarious, eye-opening, and completely fresh image and concept. That it turned out to be a practical joke (Johnny Storm AKA the Human Torch having fun at Ben's expense, with inventive use of clipped lengths of drinking straws and a little glue while Ben napped) mattered not a whit; here was Barry Windsor-Smith, artist extraordinaire, displaying an affinity for Grimm and antic sense of humor that seemed light-years away from the BWS public persona my generation associated with the man and his work. I eagerly await this project, and can't wait to see where BWS takes Ben Grimm, his own art and writing -- and our rapt imaginations. Go, Barry, go!
-- Stephen R. Bissette, New Year 2006, The Mountains of Madness, VT
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