“Way back in the mid-’80s when I grabbed some old yellowed Marvel comics paper and tried to think sequentially and draw dynamically I found I couldn’t. I just couldn’t make it happen. So my good friend Herb Trimpe bailed me out on that by letting me work over his layouts for Machine Man.”Artist Barry Windsor-Smith, on his return to comics
(From The Comics Journal #190, September 1996)
ReviewTitle: “He Lives Again!”
Synopsis: A team of tech scavengers rescues a disassembled Machine Man from the scrap heap, introducing him to the year 2020.
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist (breakdowns): Herb Trimpe
Artist (finishes): Barry Windsor-Smith
This reviewer had just recently been born when Conan hit the stands, so this series served as an introduction to Barry Windsor-Smith. Needless to say: Wow! Herb Trimpe’s breakdowns aren’t even recognizable under Windsor-Smith’s amazing linework and distinct coloring. The story is pretty amazing, too: Think Dark Knight Returns for Machine Man – two years before Dark Knight hit the stands. Not everything he does works here, but concept, characters and dialogue are all solid. A stellar start to this miniseries!
Cool factor: Welcome back to comics, Barry Windsor-Smith. You were missed!
Not-so-cool factor: The lettering – particularly the typography on buildings and other set pieces – is sloppy and distracting.
Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
“Wh – where am I? How did I get here?”Machine Man, filling in for Rip Van Winkle
MACHINE MAN #1
Published and © by Marvel, October 1984
Cover by Barry Windsor-Smith