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3/02/2014 7:15 pm  #1


CONAN by Dark Horse

It's been 10 years of Dark Horse Comics publishing Conan, and it's been a fantastic run. Kurt Busiek set the tone early on, and his tenure was unfortunately short-lived. But he hand-picked Tim Truman to replace him, and it got even better. Truman seems to channel REH like no other comics writer who's tackled the character. Truman had a long and memorable run, but then the reigns were handed off to Roy Thomas, the legend. Roy had an excellent 12-issue run, clearly still on top of his game. Next was Brian Wood, whose run started off interesting, but overall a disappointment to Howard purists like me. I don't think he understands Conan, and I don't think he understands REH; it's the first time DH has dropped the ball in 10 years, but with Tim Truman brought back in to jump ahead and adapt Hour of the Dragon, they have restored my faith. 


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3/02/2014 8:31 pm  #2


Re: CONAN by Dark Horse

I dropped my subscription about 6 months ago, because I was over 18 months behind......

 

3/02/2014 9:22 pm  #3


Re: CONAN by Dark Horse

francisca wrote:

I dropped my subscription about 6 months ago, because I was over 18 months behind......

Sounds like you dropped it at just about the right time, but as I understand it, Wood's time is through. You should treat yourself to Truman's six-issue mini-series that covers Hour of the Dragon, if you have the chance.


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3/02/2014 9:33 pm  #4


Re: CONAN by Dark Horse

So, which years or issues are the ones to read? The last Conan comics I read were the black and white magazine versions, which I always loved because they felt like The Real Deal compared with my other comics. I need to recollect those, whichever ones they were...


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3/02/2014 9:41 pm  #5


Re: CONAN by Dark Horse

Chainsaw wrote:

So, which years or issues are the ones to read? The last Conan comics I read were the black and white magazine versions, which I always loved because they felt like The Real Deal compared with my other comics. I need to recollect those, whichever ones they were...

Chainsaw, I also loved Savage Sword of Conan. John Buscema is, to me, the best Conan artist after Frazetta, especailly when Alcala was his inker. And Roy Thomas had more leeway with "mature" content, because it was considered a magazine, so in general it was better than Marvel's Conan the Barbarian, but I read them both and still have all my originals.

So the Dark Horse series. Start here:

http://www.amazon.com/Conan-Volume-Giants-Daughter-Stories/dp/1593073011/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393814081&sr=8-1&keywords=conan+busiek

And then here:

http://www.amazon.com/Conan-Vol-Bowl-Other-Stories/dp/1593074034/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

And you'll be on your way to some great entertainment.
 


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3/02/2014 10:07 pm  #6


Re: CONAN by Dark Horse

Ah! I actually used to have those, but I gave them to my wife's second cousin, because I thought they were great and wanted him to enjoy them. Spread the word, right? Anyway, my birthday's coming up, so I'll let my wife know. She's always looking for ideas.


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3/03/2014 6:19 am  #7


Re: CONAN by Dark Horse

If you haven't read them, perhaps you can start with Tim Truman's run:

http://www.amazon.com/Conan-Volume-Rogues-In-House/dp/1593079036/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_z

It gets better here when Tomas Giorello becomes the permanent artist:

http://www.amazon.com/Conan-Volume-Hand-Nergal-Horse/dp/1595821783/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_z

And this may be my favorite volume of the series due to the Richard Corben (of Heavy Metal fame) story of Conan's grandfather:

http://www.amazon.com/Conan-Volume-Cimmeria-Dark-Horse/dp/1595822836/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_z


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3/04/2014 5:15 pm  #8


Re: CONAN by Dark Horse

These are some great comics. I collected all of the first series as well as concurrent spin-offs, but fell out of comics not long after that. I may look into finding the Truman run... I remember reading his old Scout series which was awesome in an '80s sort of way...still have those.


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4/06/2014 8:54 am  #9


Re: CONAN by Dark Horse

I've read most of it and very much like it. There's only a few storylines that didn't really do it for me, but the better ones did quite impress me as comics go.


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4/18/2014 5:55 pm  #10


Re: CONAN by Dark Horse

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As Xaltotun and his traitorous lackeys face the returning King Conan, it’s their black magic against Conan’s fury and steel! The barbarian has an oath of vengeance to keep, some powerful friends of his own by his side, and a promise of love to fulfill! The epic adaptation’s thunderous climax!
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