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The Chronicles of Conan, Volume 1: Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories (Conan the Barbarian #1-8)

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In the early 1970s, Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian exploded on to the comics scene. Writer Roy Thomas teamed with a young artist named Barry Smith, and together the two mapped out some of the most stirring and memorable Conan adventures to come along since those written by Howard himself. Over the course of their 24 issue run together, Thomas and Smith defined Cona ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by Dark Horse Comics
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Lauren
This got exponentially better as I read... the initial stories were full of cheese. There was cheese later, too, but not nearly as thick as in the very beginning. I don’t like that Conan is consistently getting his ass kicked. He always returns the favor, but it’s kind of a monotonous formula after a while. And at the same time it’s what makes him different from the typical “superhero” I suppose. He’s definitely got a soft spot for beautiful women (who doesn’t?) and his naivete is part of the ch ...more
Paul
As a kid I had a few of the Conan magazines but never any of the marvel comics run. This book was my chance to check them out now as an adult. Being a marvel fan but also a fan of Roy Thomas's work as editor at marvel it seemed like a good way for me to enjoy Conan.

The art: Is good in this book and Barry Windsor Smith looks to be having a lot of fun here. The whole run in this volume is his which is nice. Conan does not have the bangs that I prefer him with but he does have a peculiar helm with
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Helmut
Typischer Auftaktband einer großen Reihe

Ich tue mich schwer, diesem Band nur 3 Sterne zu geben. Aber auch wenn ich die Conan-Reihe auch noch so liebe, mehr ist für diesen Auftaktband einfach nicht drin. Sowohl Autor als auch Zeichner suchen noch ihren Stil, und gerade die Zeichnungen sind weit entfernt von dem, was Barry Smith in den Folgebänden auf Papier zaubert ("I must be mad, drawing all those coins!" sage ich nur zu dem fast obsessiv detaillierten Stil der späteren Bände).

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JB
Very cheesy stories with a fixed formula, cheesy dialogue, cheesy characters. Sword and sorcery, wizards and wenches. What's not to like?

If you're looking for just that, if you want to read some light reading, in between some heavier stuff, look no further.

Conan is a great character, a heroic thief/warrior with a strong feeling of honor who gets himself in all kinds of adventures.

The stories all have the same formula, which make them feel like episodes of a tv-series. I actually got introduced t
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Kristopher
I picked this up on a whim, mainly for Barry Windsor-Smith's fantastic old school artwork. Reprinting the first eight issues of Marvel's Conan the Barbarian from 1970-71, about half are adapted from Robert E. Howard's original Conan stories and the other half were written entirely by Roy Thomas.

It's crazy how different these stories are from modern comics. Every issue was a stand alone story, with only a few plot threads carrying from one month to the next. Very little time is spent on characte
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The_Mad_Swede
The first volume from Dark Horse collecting Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith's legendary Conan series from the 70s contains the first eight issues from Marvel. While there is certainly a feeling of both Thomas and Windsor-Smith finding their footing on the series both in terms of textual storytelling and visuals, this volume includes the adaptation of Robert E. Howard's classic Conan story "The Tower of the Elephant", a story that works very well in both its original format and in Thomas and W ...more
Pturingan
This is actually part of a Robert E. Howard box set released by Dark Horse which also includes The Chronicles of Kull Vol 1 and The Chronicles of Solomon Kane.

This book was not bad at all. It's actually just a reprinting of the Marvel Conan series in the 70s with some new coloring thrown in but it was pretty good. There's even a nice essay in the back where Roy Thomas talks about Marvel and the comicbook industry in the 70s including a really cool story about how Stan Lee saved the Conan comicbo
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Jim
Anything with Conan is great.
Rosa
I liked this more then I thought I would. There isn't really an overarching story line in so much as we follow Conan as he drops into one adventure after another. Nice afterward at the end by the writer explaining how Conan got it's start in comics.
Christopher Ryan
Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor Smith did amazing work together. Here you can see them grow with each great tale.
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Thomas no se equivoca al considerar estos relatos como "historias de superhéroes con taparrabos". Hay, sin embargo, una magistral excepción en "La Torre del Elefante", quizás el primer clásico del bárbaro en viñetas.
Quinton Baran
A good beginning to the marvel Conan series from the early 70's. I especially enjoyed the essay at the back by writer Roy Thomas and how the series came to be, and the early struggles with it.
J.
All of these stories seem the same to me.
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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 ...more
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