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Conan: The Frost Giant's Daughter & Other Stories (Conan Ongoing Series #1)

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,146 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
When the internationally famous barbarian hero returned to comics, with an all-new fresh start by award-winning writer Kurt Busiek (JLA/Avengers, Astro City) and dynamic artists Cary Nord, Thomas Yeates, and Dave Stewart, the result was instant sell-outs and multiple printings to keep up with the demand. Now Conan's earliest adventures are collected in a handsome 192-page ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 24th 2005 by Dark Horse Comics (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jan Philipzig
I like the 1970s Conan comics by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith and the 1982 movie starring Arnold, but this series by Kurt Busiek, Cary Nord, and Dave Stewart is arguably the ultimate adaptation of Robert E. Howard's legendary Depression-era character. Busiek keeps his tendency to overwrite in check here and delivers his best work to date, brilliantly capturing the material's pulpy spirit while adjusting the content to the requirements of the comic-book format. Nord's pencils and Stewart's ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liked it. Good art. Very true to the spirit of Howard's stories. Good mix of shorter stand-alone stories and overarching character arc.

There. A short, to-the-point review, just to prove I can do it.

I once read that the opening lines or paragraph of a book are the most important words in the story. They draw the reader in and give him an idea of where the book is going. There are many examples of this; Jane Austens inspired 'It is a truth universally acknowledged...' from Pride and Prejudice, Dickens dour 'It was the worst of times. It was the best of times...' and what is probably the most concise and impactful line from all literature 'Call me Ismael.' from Moby Dick. Another one I would ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-stuff, comics
By Crom, if I could give this scribe 10 stars, then by the halls of Valhalla I would make it so! For a nerd such as myself, it really doesn't get much better. If I try and get into the psycho-analysis behind such a ridiculous, over the top character like Conan, I start thinking about how he's probably a latent manifestation of modern man's suppressed bestial side - the man who uses his strength, cunning and shear brutality to impose his will on the beasts, backstabbers and women he encounters. A ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of all the adaptations of Robert E. Howard's work, supposedly Dark Horse's Conan is the most faithful to the spirit, tone, and character of the adventures of the Cimmerian. This one has been on my to read list for a while, and I finally just finished it. And you know what? I really enjoyed it!

This adaptation comes courtesy of Kurt Busiek. That alone should be a sign that the source material will be treated with a level of respect and understanding that few other writers in comic books can ac
Apr 15, 2013 FantasyWereld rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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De barbaar Conan de Cimmeriër is misschien het prototype van sword and sorcery-verhalen is geworden. Heldhaftigheid, bruutheid, soms wat vulgariteit… het ontbreekt Conan allemaal niet! In De Dochter van de IJsreus, dat overigens het eerste Conan-verhaal is dat door uitgeverij Dark Dragon Books is uitgegeven, beginnen we met een proloog die ons naar een volk, die sterk beïnvloed is door de Arabische cultuur van onze wereld. Wazir, raadgever van een prins moet na het vinden van een bijzonder kostb ...more
Dec 17, 2007 Jesse rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Conan and Heroic Fantasy
This is a fantastic start to a new Conan series. The art is very well done. The cimmerian is in fine form, killing, loving, and holding true to his code of honor. The story starts with Conan trying to find Hyperborea, and ends with him getting the hell away from it and on to the next land. I am far from and expert on Conan but what I have read is very much in line with this book. I'm definitely picking up the next volume in the series, and am now very interested in reading Robert E. Howards othe ...more
Oct 03, 2007 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Most readers of my generation first learned of Conan and Robert E. Howard from the popular 70s Marvel comic book Conan the Barbarian and its companion magazine The Savage Sword of Conan. Initially written by Roy Thomas with elaborate art by Barry Windsor-Smith (and later John Buscema), the series ran until the mid-90s, when Marvel dropped the property due to lagging sales.

With Del Rey's recent best-selling, definitive reprint volumes of Howard's works (the fourth is due this summer), persistent
Nov 17, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kurt Busiek + Gary Nord.
I'd heard about this Busiek fellow, but wasn't aware of this Nord guy.
Still, I'd always been a fan of the Thomas/Smith/Buscema era (especially the Savage Sword version) of the comic book over at Marvel and decided to give it a new try.
I was very pleasantly surprised. The stories were good, but the artwork was what really sold me, this Nord guy is GOOD!
No longer is Conan wearing a simple furry rag as clothing, but he actually wears armor and dresses for the weather.
Jon Schafle
Jul 29, 2014 Jon Schafle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fantasy, favorites
I had read bits and pieces of Conan for years and finally settled in to read this adaptation of Conan's early stories...I finally understand why everything I've read has always started with "know ye, oh prince..."! Conan has a timeless quality that seems to appeal to our baser instincts, Robert E. Howard once said that "My characters are more like men than these real men are, see. They're rough and rude, they got hands and they got bellies. They hate and they lust; break the skin of civilization ...more
Been meaning to read this Dark Horse Conan run for years, and now I am finally starting to dig into it. The first half of this book adapts "The Frost Giant's Daughter", and it's well worth the price of admission. Conan is tough and grumpy, but he makes friends easily when he finds men of strength and honor. The Daughter herself is rendered with such ethereal beauty that I wish this story could be reprinted in an oversized hardcover.

The second story follows Conan and his new friends into Hyperbo
Apr 23, 2011 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The first of Kurt Busiek's Conan tales for Dark Horse, this short collection definitely keeps the spirit of Robert E Howard's best known character alive. Full of blood, lusty women, strange creatures, and dark magic, I greatly enjoyed reading this tale. I think part of the appeal of Conan is that he acts on all the baser instincts that many of us cover up in civilized society - violence/rage, lust, and gluttony. However, this is balanced by Conan's "barbarian honor;" he has a code that he follow ...more
"Know, O Prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars....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 Earth under his sandaled feet...."

Thus the world was
Dec 14, 2011 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This first installment in Dark Horse's new Conan series really leaps out at you like an enraged Cimmerian. The pages are crammed full of action with very little dead space. The art is fantastic...the shading wonderfully done and the colors vibrant. Surprisingly, the story is really well done as well. What the authors are doing is clever, indeed, which is tying individual short stories originally conceived by Robert E. Howard together through a continuous and coherent plot line that loosely, but ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect comic. Busiek fleshes out Conan's younger years with a wonderful story about his journeys to the north, experiencing the lands outside of Cimmeria and seeking the legendary utopia of Hyperborea. Nord's uninked pencils make it look like each panel is a Frazetta cover (do an image search for 'Conan Cary Nord', I'll wait...). Honestly, the only gripe I could make about this would be that the lettering for the narration boxes is in some 'battered typewriter' font that aesthetically clashes ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 26, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The new Conan comic series does good justice to the Robert E. Howard stories. While the art does come and go in quality at time, overall it is a good. The adaptations of the original stories is well done. The fill in stories are also well done and follow the flow of the Character's life as written by Howard. Recommended to comic fans and Very recommended to Howard and Conan fans.
I know it is a comic book (graphic novel if you prefer.) But this is actually a really good read. I was surprised by the slightly different take on the traditional Conan origin story. The other nice thing is that unlike some comics I could actually tell who was who from frame to frame. That is not always the case. I look forward to reading more from this writer.
Dec 12, 2012 Melani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far as comics about barbarian warriors who travel into mythic, daring new worlds go, I think Conan's is on top. This graphic novel has amazing, vivid illustrations that really express the violence and emotions of the stories within it's pages. With its numerous drawings of the "tasteful exposure of women" and insinuated sexy times, this isn't a book you pick for your 8 year old nephew, unless you want to expose them to the truth of baby-making. Conan, The Frost-Giant's Daughter, and Other Sto ...more
Jun 22, 2008 Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Conan fans, fantasy readers
This definitely catches the spirit of Robert E. Howard. If you are expecting the Conan of the films, this is not it (although it is said the films do catch a bit of the ambiance, but I digress). The compilation is divided in short chapters, which make it very easy to read, and the art just works well to bring Conan's world to life. The main story is Conan's search for the land of Hyperborea, which his grandfather told him about, describing it as a paradise on Earth. Of course, as often happens, ...more
Jenn Myers
Mar 16, 2007 Jenn Myers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans/Comic book fans
As Conan stories go, once you've read one, you've read them all.

Still, Busiek writes fun stories, and Cary Nord, the artist, is perfect for this project. Nord's work is sketchy but expressive, and the colourist, Dave Stewart, really brings a painterly feel to the whole book. Conan isn't just some glowering one dimensional thug; Busiek, Nord, and Stewart really bring him to life in this series.

In this particular collection, we join Conan as he first sets out on his adventures. He does a lot of f
Jun 26, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's something irresistibly primal about Conan stories and anything written by Howard (or in this case, in the style of Howard). This book does an amazing job of matching that style with some really kinetic artwork that's just a blast to read.
Nov 16, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely gorgeous graphic novel. Kurt Busiek adapts Howard's stories brilliantly, while Cary Nord's art astonishes on every page. The coloring of the art is what puts this book over the top. A wonderful introduction to the world of Conan.
Shawn Mccarthy
Sep 10, 2014 Shawn Mccarthy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing feels very true to the stories of Howard's original Conan. The art complements this - in conflict the panels capture the joy of battle; in quiet times, both Conan's seriousness and his joviality are clear.
Heath Lowrance
Jun 15, 2013 Heath Lowrance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very solid story-telling. Only one chapter of this collection is based on an original REH tale, but writer Kurt Busiek does an admirable job of creating the circumstances that lead our barbarian hero into the adventure related in "The Frost-Giant's Daughter". And he follows that with an excellent tale that explains Conan's later disdain for the Hyperboreans.

The art by Carey Nord is really gorgeous, even if at some points it looks a little bit sketchy and rushed. For the most part, it's beautifu
Feb 16, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"the man's man reborn"

art: awesome --> a real aspect which this current conan take shines, the watercolor-ish art direction helps mix aspects of the gritty world of conan and traditional comic book art

story: pretty good --> this story arc is a great opening to this most current run of conan in comics and really provides a number of different storylines, all joined together in a great linear fashion

protagonist(s): awesome --> he is everything you would expect: badass savage that dont tak
May 05, 2014 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
Great adaptation. Lots of swords, blood, weird shit. Typical unfortunate "Conan is a jerk to girls and then they spread for him" biz, but that's kind of to be expected I guess.
Juan Jimenez
Mar 29, 2016 Juan Jimenez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good start

Easy writing and brilliant art. Very close reminiscence of Robert e. Howard. I truly reccomend this book to any conan or fantasy fan
Jul 14, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally getting around to reading the Dark Horse Comics version of Conan and have to say that it is a spectacular take on the character. No complaints.
Matthew Godlewski
Great graphic novel. Kurt Busiek catches the essence of Conan well and like how he tries to frame the actual Robert E. Howard stories within a running plotline. Loved the art. Going to continue on with the other volumes.
Aug 19, 2015 Vojtěch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Reakce po přečtení: Epické. Z obou dvou cest trolejbusem (do školy a zpátky domů) se rázem stalo jedno velké a drsné dobrodružství...!

I když se to na první pohled nemusí zdát, komiksový Conan po čtenářích vyžaduje obrovskou dávku pozornosti a soustředění. Pouze tak pak dokáže zachytit všechny aspekty, který komiks obsahuje, všechny nuance a maličkosti. S nimi přichází to pravé potěšení z četby. Do rukou se člověku totiž dostává 190 stran nefalšované, ryzí epičnosti, jež jej odnese do zce
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Kurt Busiek is an American comic book writer notable for his work on the Marvels limited series, his own title Astro City, and his four-year run on Avengers.

Busiek did not read comics as a youngster, as his parents disapproved of them. He began to read them regularly around the age of 14, when he picked up a copy of Daredevil #120. This was the first part of a continuity-heavy four-part story arc;
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