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Product Details

  • Series: Conan (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (April 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593073011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593073015
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The popular barbarian is back in full-color painted adaptations of the original pulp novels by Robert E. Howard. Conan, the dark-haired Cimmerian warrior, leaves his homeland, inspired by his grandfather's tales of Hyperborea, a paradise in the far north. He befriends an Aesir chieftain by showing his skill in battle and joins a raiding party. After a particularly bloody battle, Conan, the last man standing, is visited by the Frost-Giant's daughter, a nymph made of ice. He eventually finds his way to the fabled lands of Hyperborea, where the countryside's beauty comes at a terrible price. These tales, like the originals, are long on swordplay and short on character development. Even so, Conan has an endearing earnestness that hearkens back to the golden age of pulp fiction: what Conan lacks in intelligence he makes up for in brute strength. The illustrations are lush, adding a new vibrancy to this fantasy world. Rounding out this collection of the first six and a half issues is a biography of Howard and Nord's highly amusing audition piece for the job as Conan penciler. (Apr.)
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More About the Author

Kurt Busiek is the New York Times bestselling author of ASTRO CITY, MARVELS, ARROWSMITH, SHOCKROCKETS and dozens of other comics, including such well-known titles as SUPERMAN, IRON MAN and AVENGERS, and his own creations, including THUNDERBOLTS, THE WIZARD'S TALE, TOOTH & CLAW, SUPERSTAR and more.

He's won over two dozen industry awards, including the coveted Eisner Award for Best New Series, Best Series, Best Single Issue and more, and the Harvey Award for Best Writer, Best Series and others. He even won Wizard Awards for Comics' Greatest Moment...twice.

Born in Boston, he now makes his home somewhere in the vast Pacific Northwest, with his wife, two children and a Welsh corgi.

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I heartily recommend this graphic novel.
Sky Light Mine
This is a beautiful interpretation of the Conan character and stories, both a great read and a treasure to simply take in and enjoy the artwork.
MJS
Kurt Busiek's original stories fill in the time around one of the most famous Conan stories from Robert E Howard, THE FROST GIANT'S DAUGHTER.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
The initial caveat here is that the cover for this trade paperback collection of the first six-and-a-half issues (more on that in a moment) of the Dark Horse reincarnation of "Conan" represents some amazingly bad choices in terms of color given the comic books reprinted inside. The key color in the art of Cary Nord, Thomas Yeates and Dave Stewart in these comics is brown and has been since the cover of issue #0. The yellows in the stories are never as blindingly yellow as you get above the title on the cover and the with the blue and red emphasized in the shot of Conan on a snowy battlefield makes it seem like the art inside consists of bright primary colors when the real attraction is a much more subtle use of colors and shadings.

Once you get to the stories the big question is how do the stories written by Kurt Busiek with the art of Nord, Yeates and Stewart compare with the original stories by Robert E. Howard (and stories finished and/or created by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter) coupled with the famous cover paintings of Frank Frazetta in those Lancer paperback editions in the 1960s and the classic "Conan the Barbarian" comic book written by Roy Thomas and drawn most notably by Barry Windsor-Smith and John Buscema. The goal of the new comic book that premiered in February 2004, of course, is to be both different and faithful.

"The Legend" (#0) uses the discovery of an ancient statue of Conan to unearth his legend. Howard's original words define the arc of the character: "Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Maguire on April 19, 2005
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Beautiful book. The art by Nord and Stewart is fantastic - really captures the raw nature of the subject matter. Busiek's writing is great - giving us a young Conan venturing into the world. This Conan is not the unconquerable hero we are accustomed to. He is young and naive, makes some big mistakes, and lets down everyone counting on him. His survival from this first adventure is, for him, bittersweet.

Unbelievable how good the first seven issues of this new series is.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Guy L. Gonzalez on December 1, 2004
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One of the hardest things to do in comics is taking on a well-known character loaded with history and making him seem fresh and exciting without "updating" or "ultimizing" him. Even moreso when the character isn't at least somewhat based in the world we live in. Kudos to Kurt Busiek for pulling it off masterfully. Plus, Cary Nord was born to draw Conan and Dave Stewart's coloring complements him perfectly, making this one of the best looking comics around, too. Robert E. Howard would be proud.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Tucker VINE VOICE on April 18, 2005
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Some have complained about the lack of Robert Howard's prose in this collection. What did they expect? A series about Conan with only material written by the creator would last about a year or so of monthly books. I admit that when I heard Kurt Busiek was going to be writing Conan I was very skeptical. After all his comic writing has focused on superheroes, a subject he's admitted to be his favorite, so, him being selected to write Conan had me wondering. However, his work on Conan has been quite good. His writing has drawn deeply from Howard's prose and best of all, Howard's mood, frenetic battle scenes, bloody violence and Conan's well known vigor and indomitable passions. These stories are far better than those written by other other popular writer like Robert Jordan. While Busiek's Conan is not necessarily Howard's Conan in the pure literary sense, how could he be? What Busiek has managed to do is make his take on Conan come from his own perspective as if he entered Howard's world and reported on it. That makes his efforts sincere, more true to the source and at the same time make it his own while remaining as true as possible to Robert Howard's own vision. This is the only way to write another person's characters. Sure I'll take Howard over Kurt Busiek any day but that's how it should be. Busiek is not replacing Howard, he trying his best to elaborate on his ideas, taking them a little farther than Howard had the chance to. So far this is a far cry from some of the other Conan projects in that rather than rely on recognizable cliche's Kurt has made an effort to actually do as close to Howard as possible.

The art is a rare mix of technology and good old drawing skill.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andre 2015 on April 6, 2005
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Sure, this isn't Buscema's Conan nor Windsor-Smith's, but hey, who cares? Can't it just be time for a new look at things? We certainly don't need another neverending storyline about a guy from the early times who basically just chops off heads. All we need is a tight story with a hero, great art - in short, a book to get lost in, just for a few hours. If you're looking for something like that and you're open to Cary Nord's "European" style, you'll be in for a treat. If not, reread the old books and admire Windsor-Smith's artwork.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam M. on August 3, 2005
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When I first heard about this book coming out, I just didn't care. I like Busiek as a writer, but all I knew of Conan was the movies, and I always thought they were a bit silly.

Well, the 25 cent issue comes out, and I was hooked. This was certainly not what I was expecting.

Since then, I have bought some of the Howard books, and two of the stories are adapted here. Notably "The Frost Giant's Daughter", which is very faithful. I disagree with some reviewers who think the other issues are "filler". Busiek's story about Conan going to Hyperborea is really good, and when I first read it, I thought it was Howard story, since not many people write fantasy well anymore.

Very good stuff, although Nord's art gets a bit rushed after the first couple of issues. Too bad, since when he's on, he's really on. And not enough can be said about Stewart's coloring, which makes it all look like a beautiful fantasy painting.

Wonderful work by all involved, and this is a must for any fantasy fan.
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