A man’s man – Conan

I’ve been seeing a bit too much of the beefcake Cimmerian lately but it’s not a bad thing. Firstly, here’s some recommended reading for just SGD$25.

In the mid 1970s following the colossal success of Conan the Barbarian, Roy Thomas helped expand the universe of Conan to showcase further stories and the talents of some of the comics industry’s best with the equally popular Savage Sword of Conan magazine. Now, for the first time in over thirty years, these primal tales, featuring Robert E. Howard’s most popular character, are available in this, the first in a series of massive trade paperbacks, collecting all Savage Sword Conan stories beginning with issue one. Included in this volume are tales by Roy Thomas, featuring the breathtaking art of such legends as Barry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom, Pablo Marcos, Walter Simonson, and more.

This is one bloody (literally) awesome collection. Not all the artwork is great, but anchor artist Buscema’s work stands out constantly with deft strokes and raw power.

The stories are all tightly written, and while pretentious with all the pseudo-flowery language (so parents may be fooled that this is literature for the kids), never lose sight of the fact that Conan’s a man’s man, designed to inspire legions of boys to greater things. Why so?

  1. He appears to have no fat around his waistline. Or anywhere else for that matter.
  2. Girls like him no matter whether he’s bathed or not.
  3. He’s beholden to no one, man, woman or god. He doesn’t even like his own god Crom very much. Even freethinkers don’t have that kind of liberty methinks.
  4. He always has the last word and never loses a fight.

In short, Conan is a guy normal girls will never marry, but most guys hope they’d become. And that’s why he’s a hero.

PS: Arnie’s Conan movies are really good pulp fiction material and are a great passion of love by fanboys. Too bad kids of today have never heard of them as they are hardly re-run on TV.

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