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#1 Kev

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:01 PM

Are these post Thomas/Buscema stories worth reading?
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:29 PM

Are these post Thomas/Buscema stories worth reading?
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Hmmm if it's anything like the 'Chronicles of Conan' series, there might be a few decent stories mixed in with some bad ones. I can't say for sure, though, as I haven't read them.

Anyone know who the artists are? If there's no Buscema art, I might skip this one...
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:09 AM


Are these post Thomas/Buscema stories worth reading?
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Anyone know who the artists are? If there's no Buscema art, I might skip this one...


Silvestri, Frenz and Kupperberg are the artists. I've always been partial to Frenz as he is a bit of a throwback to Marvel Silver Age. A kind of a chameleon who can imitate both Kirby and Buscema very well. While I've never read or seen any of the King Conan series I don't think the art will be the problem, I'm more concerned about the stories themselves.
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 09:55 PM

Marvel Conan is not Howard Conan, but Roy Thomas is an excellent writer of fantasy comics and has done a lot of good work in Conan, Thor and I believe some Moorcock stuff, too. I consider Roy Thomas, along with Walt Simonson, to be one of the best fantasy-comic writers of the 20th century.

Now, like I said, it's not Howard's Conan. But they're pretty good little comics about a buff dude named Conan running around in Pastiche land. Certainly better than many of the Tor novels. Go into it expecting to read a fantasy comic and I think you'll get your money's worth, and you might be pleasantly surprised at how fun Thomas' adaptaitons of Howard's are; he's changed the tone but hasn't lost the sense of adventure and devils around every corner.

I found two giant boxes of these at my girlfriend's place in high school, I read them all in about two days.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:10 AM

Thomas' Marvel Conan is a truer Conan than CTB82, and better written than CTB2012.
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 01:41 PM

Thomas' Marvel Conan is a truer Conan than CTB82, and better written than CTB2012.

Seconded.
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 01:58 PM

Thomas' Marvel Conan is a truer Conan than CTB82, and better written than CTB2012.


Years ago, I would agree. But, now that I've read more Howard, I think CTB82 is a much better movie than the credit I used to give, and it's tone seems very "Howard" to me--especially the recent "Director's Cut".

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:45 PM

Years ago, I would agree. But, now that I've read more Howard, I think CTB82 is a much better movie than the credit I used to give, and it's tone seems very "Howard" to me--especially the recent "Director's Cut".

I've always liked the film, but I don't think it does a particularly accurate Conan; though it does make good use of some elements of Howard's stories.
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