Tom Scioli laments the fact that Barry Windsor-Smith has become a forgotten man in comics, and speculates as to the reason why:
I think the barrier that keeps his work from being adopted by a new generation is the way his work is recolored. I blame the widely available reprint volumes, like Weapon X, but most especially the Conan reprint volumes Dark Horse puts out. Now keep in mind that at the time they thought they were doing these old stories a huge service, giving them a state-of-the-art makeover, the kind of expensive, careful color treatment they’d never had.Many more examples at the link.
Unfortunately, the color reprints of Conan obliterate Windsor-Smith’s line work and created a barrier for our generation to appreciate his work. If you don’t have access to the expensive original newsprint versions, you’re unable to read these stories the way they were intended.