Q: Chris, what Conan comic is best in life? -- @chudleycannons
A: Folks, I am going to be 100% real with you for a second here: I love Conan the Barbarian. It's in my blood -- long before I was born, Conan was my parents' favorite comic, and while I wouldn't really call my mom and dad "geeks" in the traditional sense, they were definitely people who were really stoked about buying Marvel Magazines with Frank Frazetta art on the cover so they could read about dudes in loincloths chopping each other up with broadswords. These were, I remind you, the people who raised me, which probably explains a lot.
But while I might've been hardwired into loving the character, I didn't really get into reading it myself until I was an adult, and I can tell you that as far as I'm concerned, there is a clear, no-contest winner as far as the best Conan story. It's not even close. It's the one where Conan gets into a fistfight with a gorilla that thinks it's a wizard.
Brian Wood's scripting the latest relaunch of Robert E. Howard's Conan character, this time in a series called Conan the Barbarian. The DMZ and The Massive writer is using Howard's short story "Queen of the Black Coast" as a springboard for new stories featuring the barbarian. Wood's telling a classic
Here's the thing about making a movie about Conan the Barbarian: his creator, Robert E. Howard, is such a definitive creator in the sword & sorcery genre that he's influenced and been imitated in countless stories. As
This week, Conan the Barbarian returns to theaters everywhere with a brand new movie, and it probably won't come as a surprise to anyone that I'm pretty excited about it. I love Conan, and in the world of Conan comics, it's hard to beat Savage Sword of Conan, a black-and-white magazine put out by Marvel in the '70s that featured some of the most hard-hitting barbarian action of all time. So today, to get myself pumped up for the new movie, I've gone through a whole stack of Dark Horse's awesome paperback collections to bring you The 10 Most Brutal Moments from Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian!
The world's most famous barbarian will be going through some changes, starting with a relaunch of the Dark Horse comics series after issue #50. First, though, they'll be tying up some loose ends: after Tim Truman and Cary Nord wrap up their adaptation of "Rogues in the House" in Conan #44, original Conan writer Kurt Busiek and artist Greg Ruth will be finishing off Born on the Battlefield, their chronicle of Conan's youth in Cimmeria, with the climactic Battle of Venarium. The last three is
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