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Product Details

  • Series: Savage Sword of Conan
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593079605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593079604
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'd recommend them to anyone who wants something fun to freshen up their reading regimen.
Mark Allan Schuring
The stories are just as we remember them in all of their black and white savagery, sorcery and plundering greatness!
Choco
The Savage Sword of Conan series is a must read for any fan of Robert E. Howard's famous character.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Kennedy VINE VOICE on October 31, 2008
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The artwork is not as incredible, nor is the writing as good as in Volume 2. Most of these stories are short, abrupt, somewhat unsatisfying. They begin to be a bit formulaic in this volume (except for Chapter 6, "Child of Sorcery" which is told from the perspective of one of the women Conan encounters - a very sweet story.) This volume feels hasty, like a rushed production schedule was affecting the quality. There was a noticeable profusion of scribal errors: Words not misspelled, but just wrong (for example, writing "namor" instead of "armor".) One panel had frames for narration, but no words written therein! And I noticed a few times where narration did not match the pictures - for example, the narration says "touched his tunic" when the character is wearing a vest and the touch is obviously on his bare shoulder - or "grasped his throat" when the picture clearly shows the character being grasped by the wrist.

Inattention to detail, slack writing, artwork not up to par; Of three volumes so far, it would seem that _Savage Sword_ hit its peak in volume 2 and is now declining. Still, it is enjoyable and well worth the purchase price.

I also noticed that the last 100 pages of my copy are printed on a different paper, whiter and slightly thicker than the dull newsprint that has been used up till now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Slokes VINE VOICE on August 4, 2011
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Man, I love these Savage Sword reprints. How did the Marvel Comics team publish such richly illustrated adventures on a monthly basis, and put out a color comic at the same time? They must have had some help from the dark wizards whose spells make Volume 3 such powerful fun.

This, Volume 3, represents the output of thirteen issues published in late 1977 and 1978, not including a two-page map of Hyboria from 1975 tacked on at the end. You get three sprawling adaptations of stories by Conan creator Robert E. Howard, including "Beyond The Black River," considered his very best Conan story by many Howard-ophiles. It's hard to argue with that judgment here, as Conan does battle with brutal Picts threatening helpless settlers in the frontier forest of western Aquilonia. It's like a John Ford western with swords and witchcraft, a gripping two-parter drawn with flair and lush intensity by the one and only John Buscema along with the able Tony DeZuniga as co-artist.

Just as good in the same Fordian way, though miles apart both geographically and spiritually, "The Scarlet Citadel" is another Howard adaptation which sings in comics form, inking this time by an inspired Frank Brunner whose work I hope to see more of. This time, the story is even better by my lights, with Conan as an imprisoned king trying to save his people from a conniving band of marauders led by a cruel and powerful wizard. There's a sense of involvement with Conan's plight, and that of another wizard he befriends, that lifts this out of the straight pulp-adventure category, even if the bloodshed is ample and gleefully twisted. At one point, a disemboweled jailer is resurrected for the sole purpose of lifting a gate. The ending is so good you may lose your head - and you won't be alone in that state.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Choco on August 26, 2008
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When I was young, mid to late 70's, I would read issue after issue of Savage Sword more than any other comic or magazine. It was my favorite, and I had quite a large number of issues. Unfortunately, I lost my collection in a fire in the late 80's. When I found that Dark Horse was re-printing the issues of Savage Sword as volumes, and that those volumes would be available here at Amazon, I jumped at the opportunity of obtaining and re-reading those amazing stories again.

The sorcerer Thoth-Amon, Red Sonja, Captain Boraq D' Sharaq, the list goes on and all of them, fantastic characters and some of the greatest fantasy stories that were ever written! I became a 12 year old again.

If you collected and read Savage Sword, any of the other Conan comics, novels, or are just a casual fan, then by all mean, I HIGHLY recommend these volumes (currently, as of Aug. 26, 2008, one through three, with volume four to be released in October 2008)! The stories are just as we remember them in all of their black and white savagery, sorcery and plundering greatness!

Robert E. Howard is by far one of the greatest fantasy writers who ever lived.

Enter the Hyborian Age, and you will not want to return.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan on August 30, 2014
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Let's take these one by one:
1) Cimmeria, REH, illustrated by Barry Windsor-Smith. Story: 5, Art: 4
I've never been able to fully accept Smith's version of Conan. He's a great artist to be sure, but I always felt that he'd be better off adapting stories by, say, Lord Dunsany or Jack Vance, to whom his style would be better suited. Howard's short poem is a moody little piece.
2) Jewels of Gwahlur, REH, illustrated by Dick Giordano. Story:3 Art:3.
Not one of Howard's best Conan stories, and again,Giordano was a good artist but not suited to this kind of material.
3) Beyond the Black River, REH, art by Buscema/De Zuniga. Story:5 Art:3
Howard's story is one of his very best, with Conan mature and experienced. It shows the influence of Fenimore Cooper (The villain's motivation is very similar to that of Magua). On the art side however, I think that De Zuniga's inking brings it down a couple of notches. He's good at close ups of faces, but in longer shots his inking is just too scratchy.
4) Blood of the Gods, REH/Thomas, art by Buscema/Alcala. Story: 4 Art: 5
I consider Buscema/Alcala to be the top SSOC art team. Buscema may not have liked the fact that Alcala virtually transformed his artwork with his heavy inking, but Alcala was an excellent artist in his own right. For the story Thomas takes a leaf out of L.Sprague de Camp's book, adapting a non-Conan story into a Conan one by changing the locale and period and adding a supernatural element. It's a good story and the new supernatural element is minimal.
5) Child of Sorcery, Thomas (from a story by Christy Marx), art by Ernie Chan Story:5 Art:5
I don't know if the original Marx story was actually a Conan story, but no matter. It gives us the barbarian from a different and interesting perspective.
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