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Conan the Phenomenon: The Legacy of Robert E. Howard's Fantasy Icon

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Since his debut in 1932, Conan the Barbarian has been the preeminent sword and sorcery hero. Robert E. Howard created the genre with his original stories; Frank Frazetta's definitive Conan book covers set the standard for dynamic fantasy artwork; Roy Thomas, with Barry Windsor-Smith and later John Buscema, used the character to push the boundaries of comic-book adventure; ...more
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Dark Horse Comics (first published October 9th 2007)
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Ghoule
Sep 27, 2015 Ghoule rated it really liked it
Chaque soir, ce livre constituait une sorte de récompense après une autre journée de travail bien remplie.

Bien que fan de Conan et de certains autres personnages de Robert E. Howard, je ne suis pas vraiment collectionneur du cimmérien ou des oeuvres de son créateur texan. J'ai assemblé une toute petite collection de BDs (surtout de Marvel) et quelques livres disparates, mais sans plus. Bref, le peu que je savais sur Robert E. Howard ou sur l'évolution de l'inscription du personnage de Conan dans
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Donald Ozello
Sep 04, 2016 Donald Ozello rated it it was amazing
Great book. I loved it. Informative, interesting and an outstanding read. The detailed information is explained with a vigor and tenacity that parallels the energy that fills Robert E. Howard's Conan stories.
This book contains a strong biography of Howard and his publishing history in Weird Tales. The pictures and descriptions of the art work by Frazetta are discussed and on full display. The Marvel books by Roy Thomas and the newer Dark House comics are covered with precision.
This is an ou
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Mike Jensen
Jul 31, 2009 Mike Jensen rated it liked it
This is a good introduction to the whole Conan phenomenon for those of us who think that Robert E. Howard was a bad writer. I tried to read his macho ravings as a teenager and again around the time I turned 50. I can't do it, but I am curious about why he is popular and what Conan fans like about Howard and the character.
Overall, this book served as a good introduction. There are things I wish had been covered better, and others that could have been shortened (especially about the films), but mo
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Danny
Mar 25, 2015 Danny rated it really liked it
An interesting look into Conan's history. There were certain parts of the book where I wish Sammon would have gone into more detail, and a few places where he spent a little too much time, which gave me an overall feeling of wanting more than what was offered.

The two things that really kept me turning the pages were all the beautiful illustrations collected in the 175 pages and the detailed publishing history of everything Conan scattered throughout the book, which I especially appreciated.
Christopher
Jun 08, 2016 Christopher rated it really liked it
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A suitably badass collection of art and visual works inspired by the late great REH's most famous character.
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Paul M. Sammon has written for The Los Angeles Times, The American Cinematographer, Cahiers Du Cinema and Cinifantastique. His fiction has appeared in many collections and he is editor of the best selling American Splatterpunks series. As a film maker Paul M. Sammon has produced, edited and directed dozens of documentaries on films such as Platoon, Dune and Robocop. He is the author of Future ...more
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