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About his intentions for the publication of this Thing graphic novel, BWS says "My concept for publication is to present the work in a single volume (HC and TPB) with editorial material explaining the history of the story and including the many visual out-takes culled from over the years. This will not only be rewarding in an historical way but will allow a smoother transition from the look and sound of my 1980s work to my somewhat-different style of 2005."


Windsor-Smith's moving, thinking Ben Grimm is certainly not hewn straight from rock, some animal screaming for escape from a solid cube prison, the environment making the man; rather, he's gingerly constructed from pebbles and broken bits of slate, all cast away things, many of them seemingly floating in mid-air, suspended in the artist's inky shadows. Is he glued together, with some kind of tar, a crude project of a persona? It's easier to consult the artist's own images, where Ben's depicted as a three-dimensional puzzle breaking apart, his self-worth fragmenting, and this potentially soppy metaphor is smoothly sold, courtesy of Windsor-Smith's character design. The binding substance that holds the man (the Thing) together is maybe inky in consistency too, and the artist suggests a disparity of understanding even between Our Hero and his love, a more personal delicacy than anyone anticipated.

-- Jog, Blogger and Comic Book Galaxy Contributor

INTRODUCTION PAGE ONE PAGE TWO PAGE THREE PAGE FIVE

All art Copyright (C) 2006 Barry Windsor-Smith. THE THING is (C) Copyright and (TM) Trademark of Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

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