It was my birthday earlier this month so I had a little birthday cash to spend. What else am I going to spend it on, BOOKS!
The Third book I added to my collection was Conan: The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Most Savage Barbarian by Roy Thomas.
If you know me then you should know I love Robert E. Howard Conan stories, hell I even love non Howard Conan stories. I am just a sucker for this Barbarian! Flashback to a impressionable young Mighty Thor JRS hanging out in his dad’s book store, looking though paperbacks on a spinning rack next to the comic books I loved so much. Seeing those wonderful Conan covers. Sneaking and reading those fantastic stories. Flash forward to I think about 2010, I started to read again and came across the Del Rey Conan collections and my love of fantasy books was renewed. Which led to me starting this blog. My fantasy love started with Conan (and my love for Norse mythology, but that’s a whole other long story) I owe much to Robert E. Howard.
This is a hefty coffee table type book. Has some wonderful artwork. I am excited to sit down with it and really dig into it. More of a guide to Conan in the comics than anything else. Which is not a bad thing. Beautiful book that I was surprised to find at my local used book store.
I will be sharing the rest of my Birthday book Haul all week.
Hope everyone enjoys!
(My Conan/Robert E. Howard collection)
Conan: The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Most Savage Barbarian by Roy Thomas.
For more than 70 years, fantasy fans have followed the exploits of Conan through novels, comic books, and movies. This book, the first-ever illustrated guide to Robert E. Howard’s most beloved character, is a genuine treasure chest of Conan lore, following Conan through the ages, through his different careers, as he meets friends and foes and travels across the Hyborian continent. Includes a foreword by Todd McFarlane. Created in full cooperation with Conan Properties International, LLC. Features character profiles, maps, art from original paperbacks, comic books, video games, and more.
“Conan of Cimmeria remains as vital today as he did when he first emerged from the pages of Weird Tales three quarters of a century ago to trample the jeweled crowns of earth under his sandaled feet. This gorgeous new volume, lavishly and beautifully illustrated, is a testament to his enduring popularity, a treasure for fans of Robert E. Howard, and a splendid introduction to the Hyborian Age for new readers. If you don’t know Conan, you don’t know fantasy.”
–GEORGE R.R. MARTIN, author of #1 New York Times bestseller A Feast for Crows
“Robert E. Howard dreamed Conan the Cimmerian for himself, and set him free to roam the world of his own Hyborian soul; but first in his years at Marvel Comics and now with this encyclopedic culmination, Roy Thomas dreamed him for all of us, and made that world come vividly to life within our own.”
–MICHAEL CHABON, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clayand Wonder Boys
“No one has done more to popularize Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian than Roy Thomas, whose thrilling stories and brilliant editing propelled the world’s favorite barbarian to the list of Marvel Comics’ best-sellers for more than a decade. And now Roy has brought his knowledge and skills to bear in this ultimate guide, a fan’s dream come true.”
–STAN LEE, creator of The Amazing Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four
Roy William Thomas, Jr. is an American comic book writer and editor, who was 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 Age comic-book heroes – particularly the 1940s superhero team the Justice Society of America – and for lengthy writing stints on Marvel’s X-Men and Avengers, and DC Comics‘ All-Star Squadron, among other titles.
Thomas was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2011.