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  • #31
    Originally posted by white wolf's son View Post
    The original Conan stories are excellent, read them back in the 70's after being introduced to Conan in the marvel comic!! Favourite stories are probably The Frost Giant's Daughter, the Tower of the elephant and also Beyond the Black river.

    A kindred soul. Had most of the Lancer pbs but there was a series out there, might have been English editions, of which I acquired two. They were awesome books. The covers and bindings were supple so that they didn't crack and wear like many pbs from that time. When I last saw them a few years ago, had to pack them up as I ran out of room for all my books on the shelves, they were like I had just bought them unlike my Lancers which have lost covers and pages as bindings have hardened and cracked with age and the pages edges starting to brown.
    herb

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Wolfshead View Post
      Originally posted by white wolf's son View Post
      The original Conan stories are excellent, read them back in the 70's after being introduced to Conan in the marvel comic!! Favourite stories are probably The Frost Giant's Daughter, the Tower of the elephant and also Beyond the Black river.

      A kindred soul. Had most of the Lancer pbs but there was a series out there, might have been English editions, of which I acquired two. They were awesome books. The covers and bindings were supple so that they didn't crack and wear like many pbs from that time. When I last saw them a few years ago, had to pack them up as I ran out of room for all my books on the shelves, they were like I had just bought them unlike my Lancers which have lost covers and pages as bindings have hardened and cracked with age and the pages edges starting to brown.
      The english paperbacks I have were published by Sphere Books, with Frank Frazetta covers, I still have them all in perfect condition, along with King Kull, Marchers of Valhalla, Tigers of the Sea, etc. The price on the back was 30pence!! Still have them all on my bookshelves.


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      • #33
        Sphere, I think that was them. Great paperbacks if a bit pricier than the Lancers. Wish I had more of them as most of my Lancers are held together with spit and prayer.

        herb
        herb

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        • #34
          Speaking of the Frazetta covers, one of these days I'm going to have to make it up to his home/museum. Only lives about 90 min from me. Knew he was there as long as 30 years ago but just recently found out that they opened the place up to visitors even if they don't really advertise it and that the hours are limited. Also just found out that Boris only lives about 30 min from me tho I don't know if he has a gallery there.

          herb
          herb

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          • #35
            I read Conan & Bran Mak Morn in Marvel first. I had a Savage Sword with Roy Thomas/Tim Conrad's adaptation of Worms of the Earth & Thomas/Buscema adaptation of People of the Black Circle. Conrad's art still dominates my concept of Bran Mak Morn (though Gianni's awesome too).

            The first books I read were the Ace re-prints of the Lancers. I'm enjoying the new Del Rey books.
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            • #36
              Originally posted by Dave Hardy View Post
              I read Conan & Bran Mak Morn in Marvel first. I had a Savage Sword with Roy Thomas/Tim Conrad's adaptation of Worms of the Earth & Thomas/Buscema adaptation of People of the Black Circle. Conrad's art still dominates my concept of Bran Mak Morn (though Gianni's awesome too).

              The first books I read were the Ace re-prints of the Lancers. I'm enjoying the new Del Rey books.
              I still have the Savage Sword issues with the Worms of the Earth story. At the time I remember being spellbound at the artwork, it was breathtaking. I picked up an issue of this Worms story in colour from the Book Palace on the web last year, still amazing although sometimes the lettering was a bit difficult to see. I also have the Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta which is awesome, along with the Studio by Smith/Kaluta/Wrightson/Jones.


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              • #37
                Sure, rub it in you two. I had all the original Conan from Marvel, both regular and the $1 specials, along with a lot of other silver age firsts and early editions. That's what eventually got me into reading sf/fantasy. They wound up being recycled when my mother donated my collection to a Boy Scout paper drive when I was in college. Needed room in my dresser to store her linens. I still weep occassionally. Only thing I have left in comics are a couple of Elrics that I somehow got off my ex wife when we were seperating

                herb
                herb

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                • #38
                  I picked up reading Solomon Kane.

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                  • #39
                    A little local color from my neck of the woods
                    http://www.barbarianfestival.net

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                    • #40
                      Only Texans would put an antique tractor show in something named Barbarian Fest <G>
                      herb

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                      • #41
                        I thoroughly enjoyed the Solomon Kane film. Purefoy is excellent in it, really great. Love to see a sequel, though I don't think it has been released in The States yet.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by devilchicken View Post
                          Howard is great - I really like the Bran Mak Morn collection (though mainly for The Worms of the Earth - which is one of the best Howard ever wrote IMO).
                          That's a great one, but I think I like Kings of the Night slightly better.

                          My favorite Conan story is probably Red Nails, but I'd have to go back and re-read them all to answer that with true confidence.
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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by white wolf's son View Post
                            The original Conan stories are excellent, read them back in the 70's after being introduced to Conan in the marvel comic!! Favourite stories are probably The Frost Giant's Daughter, the Tower of the elephant and also Beyond the Black river.
                            I also was introduced to Conan through the Marvel stuff in the 70s. Didn't appeal at first and then I saw "the Last Ballad of Laza-Lanti" (issue 53?)in a newsagent and bought it for the artwork (some of Buscema's best IMO). Loved the story and that was that. Bought the original books (although out of order which was confusing) and loved them; REH remains one of my favourite authors for his verve and energy and ability to tell a bloody good tale. Something I think Mike and REH share in common is their ability to create an atmosphere and enable visualisation with minimal wordage. Recently bought the Complete Chronicles but haven't read them yet; looking forward to seeing how different the original versions are.

                            Favourite stories? Conan-wise, I'd have to also say FGD, TOTE & Beyond the Black River spring to mind, but looking at the contents list there are so many. I really like The Skull of Silence, the Striking of the Gong and the Mirrors of Tuzun Thune (Kull) too. As for the rest, still working on them.

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                            • #44
                              I too discovered REH and Conan through Marvel comics though I enjoyed the stories and slipped over to books because they gave me a couple stories for sixty cents while the comics gave me part of one for a quarter. Led me to the whole world of S&S, fantasy and sf.
                              herb

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                              • #45
                                Brwosing in my local Poundland yesterday, I turned up a Book Club edition of Conan's Brethren, a lengthy volume which collects many of Howard's non-Conan fantasy stories - Solomon Kane, King Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Almuric etc. A great volume to have on the shelf!
                                'You know, I can't keep up with you. If I hadn't met you in person, I quite honestly would NOT believe you really existed. I just COULDN'T. You do so MUCH... if half of what goes into your zines is to be believed, you've read more at the age of 17 than I have at the age of 32 - LOTS more'

                                Archie Mercer to Mike (Burroughsania letters page, 1957)

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