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Conan: The Newspaper Strips Volume 1
From September 4, 1978, until April 12, 1981, thousands of readers across the country thrilled to the daily adventures of everyone's favorite barbarian, Conan Now Dark Horse Comics is proud to present the Conan newspaper strips collected for the first time in a handsome hardcover volume. Readers will once again enjoy the talents of Roy Thomas, Doug Moench, John Buscema, Er ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Dark Horse Books
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Let's establish upfront that the production on this book is really poor. It appears that the art was scanned in directly from newspaper clippings, and then cleaned up as much as possible. The black and white panels suffer from a combination of enlarging and high contrast, wrecking what must have originally been very good artwork, and the Sunday color panels -- which aren't bad at first -- get rendered way too small as the book wears on, probably because the source didn't have the upper right pan ...more
Interesting reading. I feel like I learned quite a bit about what is involved in writing something like this, telling little bits and pieces of stories in very short format. The constraints of such work means that the stories weren't subtle but generally very broad. Monster of the day or sorcerer of the day. I could see the character of the comic book Conan developing here, although the character seemed a pretty far cry from what you read about in REH's original work.
Roy Thomas is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He is possibly best known for introducing the pulp magazine hero Conan the Barbarian to American comics, with a series that added to the storyline of Robert E. Howard's character and helped launch a sword and sorcery trend in comics. Thomas is also known for his championing of Golden A ...moreMore about Roy Thomas...