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CONAN THE BARBARIAN: BARBARIANS OF THE BORDER

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CONAN THE BARBARIAN

Conan the Barbarian, also known as Conan the ‘Cimmerian’, is a fictional hero in sword and sorcery stories. The character was created by Robert E. Howard in 1932 and featured in pulp magazines like Weird Tales. Conan’s stories have been adapted into books, comics, films (Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer), TV shows, video games, and role-playing games. Conan made his debut as a black-haired barbarian with heroic traits in the short novel “People of the Dark,” published in 1931. Before he passed away, Howard penned 21 stories about Conan. Conan the Barbarian comics have been published by Marvel Comics in the 1970’s and again since 2019. Dark Horse Comics also held the publishing rights for several years starting in the early 2000’s.

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Barbarians Of The Border: A 200th Issue Celebration Of The Hero Created By Robert E Howard

The mere mention of Conan evokes thoughts of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Our initial encounter with this iconic hero likely occurred through VHS tapes or television broadcasts. Conan, a renowned Marvel Comics character, emerges from ancient times, frequently entangled with magicians and demons in the narratives that shape his early adventures. Marvel Comics enriches the Conan universe by incorporating female characters and infusing glamour into the central narrative.

Arnold Schwarzenegger As Conan The Barbarian (Movie)
Arnold Schwarzenegger As Conan The Barbarian (Movie)

With the commencement of Conan comics publication by Gotham Comics in India, the tales of Conan the Barbarian became accessible to a broader audience. The allure of Conan’s comics lay in their realistic covers and black-and-white interior pages. The intricate artwork captivates readers, making it difficult to divert attention from many finely detailed panels.

Conan and Dancing Girl by John Buscema Comic Art
Conan and Dancing Girl by John Buscema Comic Art
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In 1992, the 200th edition of CONAN THE BARBARIAN, authored by Roy Thomas with illustrations by renowned comic book artist John Buscema, was released. Ernie Chan served as the inker, and Diana Albers contributed to the lettering. The cover of this comic was adorned with exceptional artwork by Joe Jusko, earning widespread admiration for his remarkable talent.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN - BARBARIANS OF THE BORDER - GOTHAM COMICS
CONAN THE BARBARIAN – BARBARIANS OF THE BORDER – GOTHAM COMICS

“Barbarians of the Border” differs significantly from Conan’s previous comic books by providing a detailed examination of the sources of inspiration for the character used by author Mr. Robert E. Howard. Readers will be both shocked and satisfied by this comic’s ending, which is masterfully told by Roy Thomas.

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This story is told in two parts, one about Conan and the other exploring the world of Robert E. Howard, the man who created the fictional character. In Conan’s scene, he runs into a gigantic bat that grabs him in midair. Conan defeats the beast and then he discovers himself in a mysterious city. This dual-narrative structure adds depth and complexity to the milestone issue, highlighting Conan the Barbarian’s lasting influence in both literary and fictional contexts.

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Conan, a timeless character, is making a resurgence in Marvel Comics ‘Savage Avengers’, collaborating with the other superheroes. If you haven’t delved into the pages of ‘CONAN THE BARBARIAN: BARBARIANS OF THE BORDER,’ make sure not to overlook this distinctive comic. Thanks – Comics Byte!

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