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The Savage Sword of Conan Volume 1 [Paperback]

Roy Thomas
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22 Jan 2008 Savage Sword of Conan
In the mid 1970s following the colossal success of Conan the Barbarian, Roy Thomas helped expand the universe of Conan to showcase further stories and the talents of some of the comics industry's best with the equally popular Savage Sword of Conan magazine. Now, for the first time in over thirty years, these primal tales, featuring Robert E. Howard's most popular character, are available in this, the first in a series of massive trade paperbacks, collecting all Savage Sword Conan stories beginning with issue one. Included in this volume are tales by Roy Thomas, featuring the breathtaking art of such legends as Barry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom, Pablo Marcos, Walter Simonson and more. But that's not all. Also included in this tome are Conan's few appearances in the title Savage Tales - for the complete Conan collection!

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  • Paperback: 542 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; Reprint edition (22 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593078382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593078386
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 16.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Let me tell you of the days of high adventure 29 Nov 2008
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I read quite a few of these first time round and the ONLY downside to these tales, in my eyes, is that the pages are smaller than the originals but for what we get here that is a small sacrifice.
Not all the artwork hits the top scale for me (e.g. People of The Dark) but Roy Thomas' adaptations of some of Robert E. Howard's greatest Conan stories is first rate. It features Shadows in the Moonlight (aka Iron Shadows in the Moon), Red Nails, Black Colossus, the epic Hour of the Dragon and A Witch Shall be Born which features the crucifiction and vulture scene that was memorably used in the Conan The Barbarian movie.
Thomas also throws in some original tales, often following on where Howard left off. These tales also feature 2 of Conan's best known female warrior acquaintances, Red Sonja and Valeria.
It's a cracking read and prompted me to return to some of Howard's original tales which has to be a good thing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ah the originals 19 July 2013
I really did enjoy rereading these stories in this format. The panels are a bit small for me and they are on black and white, which does help with the nostalgia but I think Dark Horse did such an excellent job readapting these in their new comic series I enjoyed them more. Having said that the stories are extremely detailed and great adaptions of R Howard's work. I especially liked Chapter 2 "Red nails" Chapter 9 "Iron Shadow in the Moon" and chapter 10 "A Witch Shall Be Born".
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Savage sword of Conan Volume 1 29 April 2011
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This is a fantastic buy for new and old fans of Conan alike. This gathers together some of the first black and white comics to hit the shelves, the lack of colour does nothing to dim the sense of depth this sets about creating when you start reading. This is not one to pass by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stories and Art 3 Feb 2008
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The quality of the art in these stories is something else, if you compare it to the Marvel comics of the same period they are not even in the same baalpark.

Great stories, remind me of Moorcock-esque tales in the Elric comics in some ways.

All in all a very enjoyable collection and a great new edition of this collected series, with nice cover art from Boris.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 'Just what it says on the tin'. 31 Jan 2008
To be fair, this is a reprint series and it does indeed reprint selected stories from this ancient magazine. However, it it something of a missed opportunity. I had forgotten that for various reasons the SSOC was itself often full of reprints from the colour 'Conan the Barbarian' - but the thing is, I felt a bit cheated then, and doubly so now.
You might as well just buy the collections of these old colour comics - currently readily available from Amazon - the paper quality is superior, and has some fun and illuminating commentaries from Roy Thomas which puts the whole series into context.
It would have been so much more meaningful to confine this and future volumes to the stories which were unique to itself.
It was actually the covers which sold these magazines (not comics please note - different size page - another element lost in this volume) and it would have been marvellous to reproduce more of the best of them - Boris Vallejo was as big a name as Frazetta back then.
It's not all bad though - some of the old classics are there - 'Black Colossus', 'Iron Shadows..' 'A witch shall be born' etc

But there is one inexcusable crime - Tim Conrad was the hot artist of that period and genre - vying with Barry Smith for acclaim and you can see some of his first work on the 'Forever Phial'
Now....the very last panel in the original telling, was coloured red - not black - a courageous move in a Black and White medium - both artistically and commercially, but I remember the editorial clearly, where it was argued that - damn it all - it was just the right thing to do.
Dreadful decision to break faith with the original premise - shame on Dark Horse - I know it's only a small matter, but it's when no-one is looking that your integrity matters most. I guess they thought that nobody would remember - that they would get away with it - and that itself is simply disappointing.
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