The Chronicles of Conan Volume 1: Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories

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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 Conan for a generation of comics readers, and now those stories are collected in this series. Featuring completely remastered color and text ...
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Overview

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 Conan for a generation of comics readers, and now those stories are collected in this series. Featuring completely remastered color and text corrections, and containing material not available for nearly thirty years.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
These reprints from Marvel's Conan the Barbarian (originally published in the early 1970s) shows the best and worst of sword and sorcery adventure. At its best, S&S fiction enables readers to identify with heroes who fight against vast, cosmic forces. At its worst, it features muscle-bound louts in fur skivvies who bellow insults at each other while waving enormous, phallic weapons. Robert E. Howard, who created Conan in a series of pulp magazine tales, achieved the former level more often than he sank to the latter. Eventually, Thomas and Windsor-Smith did, too. Thomas's informative closing notes explain how, under Stan Lee's editorship, he got permission to write a Conan comic in collaboration with young artist Windsor-Smith. He admits to glitches in the writing and blemishes in the art, but correctly states that the comic hit its stride by issue #4, an adaptation of Howard's "Tower of the Elephant." This archetypal Conan story sets the quick-thinking, tough outsider against a corrupt, over-sophisticated society. The young barbarian is exasperated by the superior attitudes of the experienced rogues in the slums of a decadent metropolis, so he decides to test himself by robbing a powerful, evil sorcerer. This comics adaptation isn't without flaws, but Thomas does preserve Howard's escalating sense of menace and strangeness. Windsor-Smith's pencils do justice to the mood too, making Conan believably muscular enough to prevail against human or superhuman foes. The stories in this deluxe collection are much more spirited and solid than those featured in the original printing. (Oct. 2003) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Robert E. Howard's stories of Conan the Barbarian, first published in the 1930s, defined the genre of sword-and-sorcery fantasy and spawned a long line of prose pastiches, two movies, and several Conan comics series from Marvel. Now Dark Horse has licensed the character and is reprinting the earliest issues of Marvel's first Conan series, critically acclaimed in their time and fondly remembered by fans. This volume contains the series' initial eight issues (1970-71), in which the fierce and powerful young Conan has his first abrasive encounters with civilization and battles a variety of supernatural menaces. Some stories here are original, and some are skillfully adapted by Thomas from Howard's works. In contrast to beefier portrayals of the character by some later artists, Windsor-Smith's Conan is lean and lithe. The realistic artwork, here enhanced by sophisticated new digital coloring, is slightly awkward at first but improves quickly and greatly, becoming quite ornate and lyrical in later issues. Though Conan is a killer, the violence here is very mild by today's standards. Fans of fantasy adventure will still find much here of interest. Recommended for all collections, for teens and adults. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593070168
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 9/30/2003
  • Series: Chronicles of Conan Series , #1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,174,309
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Posted November 26, 2008

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    I Also Recommend:

    CONAN - ROY THOMAS WRITER, STAN LEE EDITOR, BARRY SMITH ARTIST = SUPERB!!

    This book contains Conan 1-7 such as The Elephant in the Tower, The Lurker Within also named as The God in the Bowl, and others. Roy Thomas is I believe the best comic book writer of Conan and is dedicated and loyal to Robert E. Howard. Barry Smith is a good artist. I liked very much the story at the end of the book where Roy tells about how this Conan almost never got started because of $50 and how Stan "The Man" Lee helped tremendously for the longevity of Conan. It's a three page story and a pleasant surprise! Highly recommend this and all of Conan Cronicles. When you pick it up for the first time try not to first read the three pages in the back:) We reader fans of Conan owe a big thank you to Stan, Roy, and Barry. Excelsior!!

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