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  • Elric... and Conan? :)

    I recently picked up a couple of copies of "Savage Sword of Conan" comics from 1975, which feature a two-part story featuring the big barbarian and none other than the albino prince himself, Elric. And, what's more, the credits panel claims "Plotted by Michael Moorcock and J Cawthorn". So, Mike, what's the story behind those?

    The covers are great - really really classic juvenile mid-70s comic art with the kind of garish colours that only Marvel's cheapass printing of the time truly captures :) And, of course, Elric features on both - wearing an odd pointy hat and wielding a silver sword!

  • #2
    I was asked to write an Elric meets Conan story by Roy Thomas, then also the editor, I think, of Conan. He'd always wanted to see Elric in US comics (he'd already appeared in Druillet's story first published in about 1965 in Moi Aussi, Paris) and in Jim Cawthorn's Stormbringer, done for Savoy Books. So this was a way to introduce him to comic readers, Roy thought. In the end I sketched the story and Jim filled it in, then Roy adapted it to work best in his Conan series. It's been reprinted a few times since it first appeared. Soon after that time, as I recall, Marvel also
    did an Elric comic drawn by Frank Brunner and Star Reach also published an Elric graphic story by Eric Kimball and Bob Gold. Finally Elric was done more or less from start to finish by Pacific Comics, then First Comics and finally Topps, with Craig Russell's versions of the Elric saga, many of which are superb and are generally fairly easily available, I think. Or were, at any rate. Try Bud Plant for copies. I saw some there fairly recently, I think.

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    • #3
      You'll find the covers to the comics that both people in this thread have referenced by clicking this link:
      [broken link]
      Last edited by Rothgo; 04-24-2010, 05:02 AM.
      The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

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      • #4
        I think your referring to ''Conan the Barbarian'' # 14 & 15

        [broken link]

        Unfortunately,
        Elric never appeared in ''Savage Sword of Conan''
        (I know, cause I have every issue)

        [broken link]

        Don't ask me why Conan
        didn't have black hair and blue eyes
        in the movies....that was a ludicrous mistake.
        And he certainly never hung out
        with an entourage of idiots!
        Last edited by Rothgo; 04-19-2011, 12:48 AM. Reason: Broken links

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        • #5
          I don't mean to argue, but I have "Savage Sword of Conan" no. 15 and 16 (June, 1975) and they're Elric-tastic! I have them in front of me right now (they cost 8p each, back in the day). They're UK editions... so perhaps that's where the confusion comes in?

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          • #6
            Are they color comics or black and white magazines?

            Looks like Im going to have to get the UK versions!

            SSOC:

            #14 "Shadows in Zamboula"

            #15 "The Devil in Iron"


            http://www.milehighcomics.com/cgi-bi...9216&snumber=1

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DyvimTvarsBodyguard
              Are they color comics or black and white magazines?
              The covers are the only colour in them. Definitely "Savage Sword...", UK editions, dated June 14 1975 and June 21 1975.

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              • #8
                Thanks,
                Im gonna have to find those versions!

                The confusion is probably in the title.

                savage sword of conan vs savage sword of conan the barbarian

                The elric issues I have are named
                conan the barbarian

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DyvimTvarsBodyguard
                  Thanks,
                  Im gonna have to find those versions!

                  The confusion is probably in the title.

                  savage sword of conan vs savage sword of conan the barbarian

                  The elric issues I have are named
                  conan the barbarian
                  Damn those comics writers and their multiverse of titles! :) The covers to these are, by the way, in the link that Berry posted above.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DyvimTvarsBodyguard
                    Unfortunately,
                    Elric never appeared in ''Savage Sword of Conan''
                    (I know, cause I have every issue)
                    You are probably right. But what about this one?


                    Issue 189 contains "Eye of the Storm" comic by Michael Higgins and Michael Docherty. It's a sequel to Conan/Elric story-arc, featuring Gaynor and other Moorcockian characters.
                    Preview:
                    http://www.milehighcomics.com/cgi-bi...95699216%20189
                    Last edited by The Cosmic Balance; 03-09-2008, 07:53 AM. Reason: Broken image link repaired

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                    • #11
                      189 cool thanks
                      ill have to go back and check.
                      I dont think Elric was in that issue
                      but
                      have been known to be dissalussional.....
                      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                      3. The Savage Sword of Conan #189. A recap of Conan's dealings with Zukala, Gaynor, Terhali and Elric, although Elric is not mentioned directly. Very little to do with them really. This does contain another story about Conan and Gaynor the Damned, however uncharacteristic of Gaynor.
                      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                      http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Caps...r/sources.html

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DyvimTvarsBodyguard
                        I dont think Elric was in that issue
                        He wasn't. But Gaynor was!

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                        • #13
                          There seems some confusion between continents as to what constitutes "Savage Sword of Conan".

                          The US versions were B&W magazines with mostly new material. The UK versions were B&W reprints of the "Conan the Barbarian" comic.
                          Hence Elric appearing in 15/16 of the UK editions.
                          "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl f'tagn"

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                          • #14
                            Does anyone have a picture of Gaynor?

                            'Cause that would be of interest.

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                            • #15
                              I'll post it when I recieve SSOC 189

                              It's easier to buy for $2.00 then to dig out.
                              plus
                              you can never have to many copies
                              when gaynors present!

                              [image moved]
                              Last edited by Reinart der Fuchs; 04-23-2010, 12:41 PM.

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