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Conan, the sword-and-sorcery character created by Robert E. Howard, is the protagonist of two major comic series published by Dark Horse Comics. The first series, entitled simply Conan ran for 50 issues from 2004 to 2008; the second, entitled Conan the Cimmerian, began publication in 2008. Dark Horse has also published a few one-shots and several mini-series.This new Conan series is supposedly produced to present.non co-authored material such L.Sprague DeCamp,Lin Carter,Roy Thomas and so forthe,but seems to lack anything in better than those originals.Poor writting and poor political correctness,and sometimes poor artistic choices seems to make a far inferior attempt to give the fans who critised Marvel and various book publishers to give pure Robert E.Howard,when such not possable beyond resurrecting the dead.

Dark Horse is also publishing ongoing series of collections of the original Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian and The Savage Sword of Conan [the Barbarian] series in graphic novel format.

OverviewEdit

Dark Horse Comics began their take on Conan in 2003 with a one-shot prologue, Conan #0: Conan the Legend.[1]

The Conan and Conan the Cimmerian series present a fresh interpretation, incorporating both new material and adaptations of stories by Robert E. Howard, with no other connection to many Marvel Comics series or other post-Howard material. The series follow Dale Rippke's "Darkstorm" chronology. The story "Helm" in Conan #18 addresses one of the major "faults" in that chronology.

An ongoing dialogue between two characters, the Prince and the Wazir, living in an age centuries in Conan's future, is often used as a framing device for the stories.

Each issue also contains "The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob (True Stories from the Life of Robert E. Howard)" by Jim & Ruth Keegan.

Core appearancesEdit

  • Conan #0: The Legend (2003), 1 issue.
  • Conan (2004–2008), 50 issues.
  • Conan and the Daughters of Midora (2004), 1 issue.
  • Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur (2005), 3 issues.
  • Conan and the Demons of Khitai (2005–2006), 4 issues.
  • Conan: Book of Thoth (2006), 4 issues.
  • Conan: Free Comic Book Day Edition (2006), 1 issue.
  • Conan and the Songs of the Dead (2006), 5 issues.
  • Dark Horse 20 Years: Conan Pin-Up (2006), 1 page.
  • Hyborian Adventures: SDCC Free Giveaway (2006), 1 issue.
  • Conan and the Midnight God (2007), 5 issues.
  • Conan the Cimmerian (2008- ), ongoing.
  • Conan and the Mad King of Gaul (2009), 2 online eight-page issues.
  • Conan: The Weight of the Crown (2010), 1 issue.

ConanEdit

Conan was Dark Horse Comics' first series about Conan the Cimmerian.

The comic's art consists of only color and pencilwork, with no inkwork, providing a painterly aesthetic.

Creative teamsEdit

Conan

Kurt Busiek (writer 2003-2006) & Cary Nord (artist 2003-2007)

Tim Truman (writer 2006-2008) & Cary Nord (artist 2003-2007)

Tim Truman (writer 2006-2008) & Tomas Giorello (artist 2007-2008)

Born on the Battlefield filler issues: Kurt Busiek (writer) & Greg Ruth (artist)

IssuesEdit

Issue Title Writer Penciller Cover Notes
#0 "Conan the Legend" Kurt Busiek Cary Nord Cary Nord [2]
#1 "Out of the Darksome Hills" Original cover by Joseph Michael Linsner,
Variant covers by Cary Nord;
J. Scott Campbell
#2 "The Frost Giant's Daughter" Kurt Busiek,
adapting Robert E. Howard's
"The Frost Giant's Daughter"
Cary Nord Joseph Michael Linsner
#3 "At The Back of the North Wind" Kurt Busiek
#4 "The Gates of Paradise"
#5 "Ashes and Dust"
#6 "Day of Farewell"
#7 "Blood for Blood"
#8 "Born on the Battlefield" Greg Ruth Greg Ruth Born on the Battlefield, part 1
#9 "Two Nemedians Walk into a Bar" Cary Nord and Thomas Yeates Leinil Francis Yu
#10 "The Temple of Kallian Publico" Kurt Busiek,
adapting Robert E. Howard's
"The God in the Bowl"
#11 "The God in the Bowl"
#12 "The Hanumar Road" Kurt Busiek
#13 "The Devil Within"
#14 "The Ibis & the Serpent" Cary Nord
Tom Mandrake
Thomas Yeates
#15 "Wolves in the Woods" Greg Ruth Greg Ruth Born on the Battlefield, part 2
#16 "Horror on Uskuth Hill" Cary Nord Cary Nord and Dave Stewart
#17 "The City of Thieves"
#18 "Helm" Kurt Busiek &
Fabian Nicieza
Art by John Severin [3]
"Conan's Favorite Joke" Kurt Busiek Art by Bruce Timm [4]
#19 "The Thing in the Temple" Kurt Busiek Cary Nord
#20 "The Tower of the Elephant" Kurt Busiek,
adapting Robert E. Howard's
"The Tower of the Elephant"
Ladrönn
#21 "The Prince of Thieves"
#22 "The Heart of Yag-Kosha"
#23 "The Battle of Brita's Vale" Kurt Busiek Greg Ruth Greg Ruth Born on the Battlefield, part 3
#24 "The Magistrate's Wife" Cary Nord Cary Nord and
Dave Stewart
#25 "The Hand of the Mighty" Tony Harris
#26 "Seeds of Empire (A Tale of Princes - and, perhaps, of Kings!)" Tim Truman [2][4]
#27 "The Blood-Stained Crown (A Tale of those who tread The Path of Kings!)"
#28 "Storyteller" Eric Powell [4]
#29 "The Toad" Mike Mignola,
adapting Robert E. Howard's
synopsis "The Hall of the Dead"
Cary Nord
#30 "The Serpent"
#31 "The Hall of the Dead"
#32 "Wild Cimmerian Bull" Kurt Busiek Greg Ruth Greg Ruth Born on the Battlefield, part 4
#33 "Dogs of the Hills" Tim Truman Cary Nord Tony Harris
#34 "The Sons of Bel"
#35 "They Shall Be Lords Again" Paul Lee [4]
#36 "Silent to the Sea"
#37 "Rat's Den" Cary Nord
#38 "The Maze"
#39 "In The Tower of Tara-Teth" Kurt Busiek Rafael Kayanan Cary Nord [4]
#40 "The Tale of the Head" Tim Truman Paul Lee Paul Lee
#41 "Rogues At The Door" Tim Truman,
adapting Robert E. Howard's
"Rogues in the House"
Cary Nord Cary Nord
#42 "Red House, Red Priest"
#43 "The Pits of Refuge" Tomas Giorello
#44 "Man vs Beast" Cary Nord
#45 "Venarium" Kurt Busiek Greg Ruth Greg Ruth Born on the Battlefield, part 5
#46 "Over the Walls" Born on the Battlefield, part 6
#47 "The Spawn of Nergal" Tim Truman,
adapting Robert E. Howard's
"The Hand of Nergal"
Tomas Giorello Tomas Giorello The cover title is "The Hand of Nergal"
#48 "Darkness over Yaralet" The cover title is "Darkness Rising"
#49 "Flesh for the Gods of the Night"
#50 "The Hand of Nergal" There is no cover title

CollectionsEdit

Main sequence:

  • Volume 0: Born on the Battlefield (2008) — Collects #8, 15, 23, 32, 45, 46. Story: Kurt Busiek, Art: Greg Ruth.
  • Volume 1: The Frost Giant's Daughter and Other Stories (2005) — Collects #0 - 6 and #7 (14 pages) of the comic series Conan. Also includes a 3 page, black and white, original Conan story written by Kurt Busiek, and penciled by Cary Nord, never to be concluded. Original cover by Cary Nord.
  • Volume 2: The God In the Bowl and Other Stories (2005) — Collects #7 (remaining 8 pages) and #9-14. Original cover by Cary Nord.
  • Volume 3: The Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories (2006) — Collects #16-17, and 19-22. Original cover by Cary Nord.
  • Volume 4: The Hall of the Dead and Other Stories (2007) — Collects #24 - 25, 29 - 31, and 33-34. Original cover by Cary Nord.
  • Volume 5: Rogues in the House and Other Stories (2008) — Collects #37, 38, 41 - 44.
  • Volume 6: The Hand of Nergal (2008) — Collects #47-50. Original cover by Tomas Giorello.

Supplemental:

  • The Blood-Stained Crown and Other Stories (2008) — Collects #18, 26-28, and 39.

Dark Horse also published a short series of specials reprinting stories based on the works of Robert E. Howard:

  • R. E. Howard's Conan: The Frost Giant's Daughter — Reprints Conan #2.
  • R. E. Howard's Conan: The Frazetta Cover Series #2 — Reprints Conan #10 & 11.

AwardsEdit

  • 4 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
  • Best Single Issue or One-Shot: Conan #0: "The Legend "
  • 4 Eagle Awards
  • Favourite new comicbook: Conan

ControversiesEdit

Nude coverEdit

File:Conan -24 nude cover variant.jpg

Starting at issue #24, Tony Harris became the permanent cover artist. One of the first pieces of art Harris submitted to Conan editor Scott Allie was a fully nude version of the cover of #24. Allie inserted the artwork in a blurb at the back of Conan and the Demons of Khitai #3. This displeased some comic store owners, and Conan and the Demons of Khitai #3 was reprinted with the real cover in the blurb. Even so, 4,000 copies of Conan #24 were printed with the nude cover, and distributed through the Diamond Dateline retail newsletter shrink-wrapped in black plastic.[5][6]

Conan the CimmerianEdit

Conan the Cimmerian is Dark Horse Comics' second series about Conan.

A 99¢ issue #0 was published June 2008, followed by the first issue of the series in July (with the usual cover price of $2.99).

Creative teamsEdit

Tim Truman[7] (writer 2008) & Tomás Giorello[8] (artist 2008-) & Richard Corben (artist 2008) & José Villarrubia (colorist 2008-)

IssuesEdit

Issue Title Writer Penciller Color Cover Notes
#0 "Cimmeria" Tim Truman Tomás Giorello José Villarrubia Tomás Giorello [9]
#1 "Hunter's Moon" Tomás Giorello &
Richard Corben
Original cover by
Frank Cho,
Variant cover by
Joe Kubert
[10]
#2 "Mark of the Wolf" Frank Cho
#3 "Path of Mist"
#4 "The Skrae"
#5 "The Wolf's Promise"
#6 "Homecoming"
#7 "Darkness and the Night"
#8 "The Scorpion" Tim Truman,
adapting Robert E.
Howard's
"Black Colossus"
Tomás Giorello Joseph Michael Linsner
#9 "The Mercenary"
#10 "The Commander"
#11 "The Face on the Coin"
#12 "The Battle of Shamla Pass"
#13 "Black Altar"
#14 "Home for the Hunt" Tim Truman
#15 "The Sorrow Of Akivasha"
#16 "Free Companions, part 1" Tomás Giorello
#17 "Free Companions, part 2"
#18 "Free Companions, part 3"
#19 "Kozaki, part 1"
#20 "Kozaki, part 2"
#21 "Kozaki, part 3"

References: Primarily comic books themselves. Secondarily Template:Comicbookdb

CollectionsEdit

Main sequence:

  • Volume 7: Cimmeria (2009) — Collects #0-7. Story: Timothy Truman, Art: Tomás Giorello, Richard Corben, José Villarrubia.
  • Volume 8: Black Colossus (2010) — Collects #8-13. Story: Timothy Truman, Art: Tomás Giorello, José Villarrubia.

Side projectsEdit

Conan and the Daughters of MidoraEdit

Conan and the Daughters of Midora was a oneshot published in 2004. It was written by Jimmy Palmiotti, with art (incl. cover) by Mark Texeira. The story was set years later than the events in the ongoing series.[11]

Conan and the Jewels of GwahlurEdit

Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur was a three-issue mini-series published in 2005. It was adapted from Robert E. Howard's "The Jewels of Gwahlur" by P. Craig Russell.

Conan and the Demons of KhitaiEdit

Conan and the Demons of Khitai was a four-issue mini-series by Akira Yoshida and Paul Lee published in 2005 - 2006.

Conan: The Book of ThothEdit

Conan: The Book of Thoth was a four-issue mini-series by Kurt Busiek, Len Wein and Kelley Jones, detailing the early life of the Conan villain.

Conan and the Songs of the DeadEdit

Conan and the Songs of the Dead was a five-issue mini-series published in 2006.

Conan and the Midnight GodEdit

Conan and the Midnight God was a five-issue mini-series published in 2007.

A prelude to this series was published as the oneshot, Conan Funcom Special (2006), written by Joshua M. Dysart, with art by Tone Rodriguez, and cover by Cary Nord.

CollectionsEdit

  • Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur (2005) — Collects the mini-series of the same name. Original cover by P. Craig Russell.
  • Conan and the Demons of Khitai (2006) — Collects the mini-series of the same name. Original cover by Pat Lee.
  • Conan: Book of Thoth (2006) — Collects the mini-series of the same name. Original cover by Kelley Jones.
  • Conan and the Songs of the Dead (2007) — Collects the mini-series of the same name. Original cover by Timothy Truman.
  • Conan and the Midnight God (2007) — Collects the mini-series of the same name. Original cover by Jason Shaw Alexander.

Adaptations of Robert E. Howard's original storiesEdit

File:Conan frost daughter.jpg

Conan adapts these stories:

Conan the Cimmerian adapts these stories:

Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur (mini-series and collection) adapts:

Collections of Marvel Comics comicsEdit

The Chronicles of ConanEdit

This series collects Marvel Comics' Conan the Barbarian (unless noted), digitally re-coloured.

By Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith (unless noted):

  • Volume 1: Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories (2003) — collects issues 1-8.
  • Volume 2: Rogues in the House and Other Stories (2003) — collects issues 9-13, 16.
  • Volume 3: The Monster of the Monoliths and Other Stories (2003) — collects issues 14-15, 17-21 (also by Gil Kane).
  • Volume 4: The Song of Red Sonja and Other Stories (2004) — collects issues 23-26 and Red Nails, originally published in Savage Tales 2 & 3.

By Roy Thomas and John Buscema (unless noted):

  • Volume 5: The Shadow in the Tomb and Other Stories (2004) — collects issues 27-34.
  • Volume 6: The Curse of the Golden Skull and Other Stories (2004) — collects issues 35-42 (also by Neal Adams and Rich Buckler).
  • Volume 7: The Dweller in the Pool and Other Stories (2005) — collects issues 43-51.
  • Volume 8: The Tower of Blood and Other Stories (2006) — collects issues 52-59 (also by Mike Ploog).
  • Volume 9: Riders of the River-Dragons and Other Stories (2005) — collects issues 60-63, 65, 69-71 (also by Val Mayerik).
  • Volume 10: When Giants Walk the Earth and Other Stories (2006) — collects issues 72-77, 79-81 (also by Howard Chaykin).
  • Volume 11: The Dance of the Skull and Other Stories (2007) — collects issues 82-86, 88-90 (also by Howard Chaykin).
  • Volume 12: The Beast King of Abombi and Other Stories (2007)— collects issues 91, 93-100.
  • Volume 13: Whispering Shadows and Other Stories (November 2007) — collects issues 92, 101-108 (also by Sal Buscema).
  • Volume 14: Shadow of the Beast and Other Stories (2008) — collects issues 109-115.
  • Volume 15: The Corridor of Mullah-Kajar and Other Stories (July 2008) — collects issues 116-121 and Conan Annual #2 (also by J.M. DeMatteis and Larry Hama).
  • Volume 16: The Eternity War and Other Stories" (December 2008) — collects issues 122-126 and Conan Annual #4-5 (also by J.M. DeMatteis).

By Roy Thomas, J.M. DeMatteis, Bruce Jones and Gil Kane

  • Volume 17: The Creation Quest and Other Stories" (February 2009) — collects issues 127-134 and Conan Annual #6.

By Bruce Jones and John Buscema and others

  • Volume 18: The Isle of the Dead and Other Stories" (September 2009) — collects issues 135-142.
  • Volume 19: Deathmark and Other Stories" (April 2010) — collects issues 143-150.

The Savage Sword of ConanEdit

This series collects Marvel Comics' The Savage Sword of Conan:

  • Volume 1 — Collects issues 1-10. Written by Roy Thomas, Art by Barry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, Pablo Marcos and many more. (ISBN 1593078382)
  • Volume 2 — Collects issues 11-24. Written by Roy Thomas, Art by Barry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema. (ISBN 1593078943)
  • Volume 3 — Collects issues 25-36. Written by Roy Thomas, Art by John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom, Pablo Marcos and many more. (ISBN 1593079605)
  • Volume 4 — Collects issues 37-48. Written by Roy Thomas, Art by John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Ernie Colon, Klaus Janson, Gil Kane, Tony DeZuniga and many more. (ISBN 159582149X)
  • Volume 5 — Collects issues 49-60. Written by Roy Thomas, Art by John Buscema and many more. (ISBN 1595821759)
  • Volume 6 — Collects issues 61-71. Written by Roy Thomas, Michael Fleisher and Bruce Jones. Art by John Buscema and many more. (ISBN 1595823751)

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Story is about the Prince and the Wazir reading the stories rather than about Conan, some events in Conan's life may have been altered.
  3. This story follows on from Conan's lost helm on the final page of issue 3, and follows its journey.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 This story is out of sequence, showing future events in Conan's life.
  5. Template:Cite web
  6. Template:Cite web
  7. Tim Truman on Conan the Cimmerian, Newsarama, May 21, 2008
  8. Tomas Giorello on Conan the Cimmerian, Newsarama, May 22, 2008
  9. Inspired by a poem by Robert E. Howard.
  10. Richard Corben's part as substories of the adventures of Connacht, grandfater of Conan.
  11. [2]

External linksEdit

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