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#1 PaulMc

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 03:35 PM

Now, here is a very interesting note - political views aside.

Barack Obama: The 50 facts you might not know

http://www.telegraph...t-not-know.html

"He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics"

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Someone send him the Del Rey collections so he can read the original stuff!

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 04:10 PM

Based on his age, I'm guessing it's the 1970s Marvel run that he collects. I agree about the Del Rey editions BTW - I just finished the third one. Speaking of 70s Marvel, and having now read the original for the first time, I have to say I'm really very impressed at the quality of Thomas and Smiths' adaptation of Red Nails.

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 04:27 PM

Normally we have a no tolerance policy on politics and religion here on the forum. We will leave this topic up as it contains politics & Conan - keep on topic and away from discussing politics in general.

Personally, this is really interesting news. "Collects" implies he still has them, I wonder if he does?

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 09:15 PM

No. 1 thing we didn't know! Unfortunately, I don't think the dear old Daily Telegraph would be capable of describing Conan in any other terms than "Conan the Barbarian", so we can't be sure he's not keeping up with the Dark Horse series. More research needed!
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 09:20 PM

"Hither came Obama, the President, black-haired, wise-eyed, change in hand, a community organizer, a senator, a winner, with gigantic challenges and gigantic hope, to lift the humbled economy of the Earth up as his necessary feat."
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:06 PM

No. 1 thing we didn't know! Unfortunately, I don't think the dear old Daily Telegraph would be capable of describing Conan in any other terms than "Conan the Barbarian", so we can't be sure he's not keeping up with the Dark Horse series. More research needed!



Indeed.. and one of his favorite shows is M*A*S*H.. finally a president I have something in common with.. not that.. theres.. anything wrong with fat interns or cowboy hats......

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 11:34 PM

I wonder if he'll play Basil Poledouris' Anvil of Crom at his inauguration ceremony... ;)

Pretty cool, though. I'd have never guessed that he likes Conan.
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:34 AM

"He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics"


I wonder if he's a fan of Charles Saunders.
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:37 AM

"He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics"


I wonder if he's a fan of Charles Saunders.



who can say..


but in my recollections I don't know to much about any books the former presidents have read... Except I seem to remember reading some where that the current ones favorite book is "The Stranger " by Camus. which I find highly ironic.


I think they have probably feel they have a right to be cagey about it though.. after all what is that quote " I can tell more about a man by the books on his shelf than from his words " or something akin to that..

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:14 AM

Haven't read his book yet , & don't know a whole lot about the guy but the more & more I hear about/from him , so far , the more I like the guy . He's the first in many ways , he's brave , ballsy & down-to-earth & I personally hope he ends up being the kind of president who gets his face on a coin or a bill . Collecting Conan comics , I don't even have the words for how cool that is . Not Batman , Not Supes , not Cap. America but a barbarian ! (& I can overlook the fact that he's a spiderman fan :lol: ) I would almost guarantee he has read Howard & is a fan ( not that I think he'll drop in here anytime soon tho & tell us )...... :blink:

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:55 PM

Great find! I like how that made the top of the list also!!!

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 02:51 PM

Having drawn for both Spider-Man and Conan comics ... I expect red carpet treatment at the inauguration.

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 06:35 AM

It's Interesting. When John F. Kennedy was President He Listed From Russia With Love as one of his favorite books. Shortly thereafter Bond Mania Seized the world. I wonder if Obama's mentioning of Conan will do our Barbaric hero any similiar career boosting.....hmmmmm?

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 01:02 AM

but in my recollections I don't know to much about any books the former presidents have read...


Bill Clinton was a fan of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlwins detective series about life in South Central Los Angeles in the post WWII years. Tough hard-boiled stuff, but I felt some parallels with Conan.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 03:18 AM

Having drawn for both Spider-Man and Conan comics ... I expect red carpet treatment at the inauguration.


well, I would be happy knowing a world leader probably looked at my work!
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Posted 10 December 2008 - 04:22 AM

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 05:50 AM

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 05:55 AM

hahahaha
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Posted 28 January 2009 - 06:48 AM

God, that was awesome. They even got their sources correct, unlike a lot of legitimate news organizations when referencing Conan or REH. My favorite line: Later, the defense secretary attempted to find common ground with Obama by making casual references to the comic book Spawn. But the 44th president reportedly brushed him off with an abrupt laugh, saying, "no one in [his] administration likes Spawn."
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Posted 28 January 2009 - 10:01 AM

That was utterly glorious.

After receiving no reaction from the assembled reporters, Obama added, "Because a giant spider is protecting this chamber full of precious jewels, just like Congress is protecting its…. God, how are you people not seeing this?"


"How am I supposed to effectively lead this nation when [attorney general nominee Eric] Holder has to stop the meeting and ask what the story of Taurus using the black lotus powder to kill the five guard lions has to do with increasing broadband Internet connections nationwide?" Obama said while vigorously rubbing his temples.


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Obama should totally make a point of slipping in REH quotes in his campaign speeches, Crom knows there are plenty of awesome ones out there.

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*breaks reporter's neck*

Edited by Taranaich, 28 January 2009 - 10:19 AM.

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