In Red Nails, Conan traveled leagues for one thing--to bed Valeria. And, Conan tells Valeria, in so many words, that if she hangs out in a war-camp of men, she can expect to get raped.
I think that the "heroic" version of Conan comes mainly from the comics and pastiches. I'm reading the Dark Horse Free Companions collection right now, and there is a scene where two of Conan's men are chasing down a farm girl in order to rape her. Conan sees this, stops it, and knocks his men around. The Robert Jordan Conan, certainly, is written as a more traditional hero than what Howard writes.
Of course, not all pastiches are written with a heroic Conan. Andrew Offutt's Conan The Sword of Skelos has an intense scene (that is translated extremely well in the Savage Sword of Conan Omnibus) where Conan is so intent on bedding Isparana that his actions would have been considered rape but were not only because Isparana finally relented and welcomed Conan's touch.
Isparana is an interesting character. Offutt's prose has Conan considering Isparana because she has been raped so many times in her past that now she just looks upon it as an fact of life. Conan admires the strength Isparana displays in being a survivor, no matter the trial.
I think Offutt has a better handle on the Conan character than he is usually credited, and I'm firmly in the camp that Conan is really a force of nature. He lives by a code, but that code is a barbaric code and not what we, today, would normally think of as "good".
In real life, Conan would be a scary sonofagun.
Edited by Boot, 12 November 2011 - 03:29 AM.