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Conan, Vol. 1: The Frost Giant's Daughter and Other Stories (Conan Ongoing Series #1)

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  2,461 Ratings  ·  105 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, 192 pages
Published April 12th 2005 by Dark Horse Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jan Philipzig
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Another example where visuals ruined my experience. Writing itself is good, maybe deserving 4 stars. This time instead of Mesopotamia and Persia main inspiration for this reboot is old Scandinavian myths and landscape and story is what you would expect, pulpy action with badass hero. Unfortunately experince was largely ruined for me by illustrations. They somewhat remind me of paintings done in watercolors without clear outlines and with very little details. Faces look very award and action sequ ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the first time I read anything about Conan and it will not be the last.

Conan the Cimmerian is in search of the mythical city of Hyperborea, a place he have heard great stories. In his way there, he will meet many people, some he will call friends and some will turn to foes.

It’s a very nice story about the legendary warrior’s early adventures. Well written and beautifully illustrated. I must say that if you don’t like violence than you should skip this one.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.

Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books, fantasy
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
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The art is quite good, and the writer and artist do a really good job of making it feel like you are reading a Conan novel.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Occasionally Shout "Crom!"
Shelves: conan
This was indeed AMAZING, both for the on-point Hyborean writing by Busiek and some eye-popping, Franzetta-esque panels by the artists. I mean, take a look at just TWO of the more memorable ones:

Conan is always interesting as he isn't a particularly good guy, he just consistently runs into ones who are far worse. This comic probably wouldn't get published in this form even nowadays, frankly, due to the protagonists unreconstructed barbaric ways, so it's definitely worth seeking out.
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
anthony e.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
GORGEOUS art by Cary Nord, Kurt Busiek at the top of his game (as usual), and CONAN. Sheer perfection. These boys do Mr. Howard proud.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first glance into this epic hero, called Conan...
And I was definitely intrigued, with this marvelous storytelling, character building and amazing artwork..
I'm sure the following stories will definitely develop into some tremendous adventures..
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sword-sorcery
This is how you adapt Robert Howard's Conan to comics. In fact, this is probably a better medium for Conan stories. I love Howard, but this is much more digestible.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't grow up a fan of fantasy, but I was vaguely aware of Conan the Barbarian. That's because I grew up in Austin, where we have Conan's Pizza. This very Austiny pizza place, which started in the '70s, features a lot of Frank Frazetta-style Conan the Barbarian art in its decor. (Also Tomb Raider art, but that's best saved for another post.) So, I growing up I was aware of the loin-clothed beefy man battling bad guys and holding onto ladies, if I was not exactly a fan. 

Conan's creator, Robert
Chris Robertson
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These days, most of us have been jaded and numbed by reboots. We have watched as our treasured stories and characters have been gutted for cheap shock value, yet we keep going to see if somehow the reboot actually pulls off an improvement. Unfortunately, for every Planet of the Apes, there are seven Total Recall/Tarzan/Dirty Dancing/so many others (not even gonna touch Star Trek/Star Wars).

It would have been all too easy for Busiek to push hard change with a cherished character like Conan, but h
I was surprised to encounter one of the few Howard Conan stories redone as part of this collection of comics. I haven't read very many of the original short stories, so honestly, there may be more than just the one I remembered in here. And while it was a little bit of a sidetrack to the main story line, it was nicely woven into what was going on.

My big complaint was with the formatting for digital. There seemed to be one big "turn the comic sideways" panel/page per issue in the collection. When
Ricky Ganci
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Busiek is true-to-form with this visual and linear adaptation of Conan's adventures in Asgard and Hyperborea here, and all the visceral energy that infuses Howard's writing carries through into this comic version of THE FROST GIANT'S DAUGHTER. That tale is nestled in between six other chapters of Conan's adventures, told sequentially into a comic-friendly story arc, but all the tenets and linchpins are here. Highly recommended for anyone looking to get into Conan stories, and even more so who ar ...more
VillaPark Public Library
"This is one of the best comic representations of a novel ever created, if you like sword and sorcery stuff. And I am a comic snob, so that's saying a lot." This title is available on hoopla.
Jeremy Walker
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Conan Vol.1 was a great adaption of the famous character of Conan. The stories were well written and the art work was top notch!

This was well done! I look forward to Vol.2 in this comic series.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Barbarians, sorcerers, castles, dirt and mud, and in the middle of all the anti-hero himself Conan the Cimmerian!

Loved every page of it, but none of the twists surpised me.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Solid stories, but some of the art was pretty "meh". Would be better in black and white.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have never read any Conan stories (I picked this up because I like Busiek's other writing) so I can't say how true these stories are to the Conan characters and world. From what I hear, Busiek has put his own spin on some preexisting Conan stories. What I can say is that I enjoyed these stories very much.

The book started slowly but improved as it went along. The biggest drag for me was the dialogue. I understood everything fine but it felt a little awkward because it was written to imitate the
"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
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
You can read the full review over at my blog:

Of all the heroes over the years who have left their mark on the wider world of fiction, few if any come close to the pedigree of Conan the Barbarian. Multiple movies, hundreds of comics, numerous novels and short stories. Decade after decade goes by and he is always there in some form. Dark Horse Comics, who have held the license for the comics on the character for several years now have done a great job of she
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrow-ed, cmx
Úchvatný príbeh, parádna grafika. Toto bol Conan tak ako si ho prajem mať.
Celá kniha je len jeden príbeh o ceste do Hyperborey rozdelený na pár kapitol. Začína to príchodom Conana do Asgardskej dediny, ktorú napadli susední nepriatelia. Spolu s Asgardami sa vydáva na trestnú výpravu, až ho to privedie do tajomnej Hyperborey, kde nie je všetko tak ako mu rozprával ded.
Chip Hunter
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have had only limited exposure to graphic novels in general, and Conan in particular, but find it hard to believe that this new adaptation isn't one of the best of the genre. Kurt Busiek's original stories fill in the time around one of the most famous Conan stories from Robert E Howard, THE FROST GIANT'S DAUGHTER. Cary Nord's drawings portray Conan just as I have always pictured him and the coloring is absolutely beautiful, bringing the story to life. These new stories of Conan's early days a ...more
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