no 1 Kull and the Barbarians

série: Kull barbarian King
dessinateur / scénariste: Collectif
éditeur: Marvel USA
genre: Heroic-Fantasy
classement: carton132
date: 1975
format: broché
état: TBE
valeur: 15 €
critère: **
remarques: Kull of Atlantis
Kull has been adapted to comics by Marvel Comics
with three series between 1971 and 1985
the first was drawn by Marie Severin and her brother John Severin,
1/ Kull and the Barbarians, 3 issues (1975)

2/ Kull the Conqueror, 10 issues, serie 2446 (1971-1973)
as well as in further issues of Kull the Conqueror,
volume 2 (1973-1978), volume 3 (1982-1983) and volume 4 (1983-1985)
n.b. only some issues of these last 3 series are collectioned here

3/ Kull the Destroyer, 19 issues from no 11 to 29 (1973-1978)
n.b. Kull appeared also once in the serie
"monsters on the prowl, no 16 (april 1972)

Kull also appeared several times in the Savage Sword of Conan series,
another graphic novel, Kull: the Vale of Shadow, was published in 1989.
in 2006, Dark Horse Comics bought the rights
to use Kull for a new ongoing series,
the first issue to be based on "the Shadow Kingdom",
as of 2012, three mini-series were published:
Kull, Kull: the Hate Witch and Kull: the Cat and the Skull

Kull and the Barbarians, no 1 May 1975, black&white,
cover Michael Whelan

1/ hail the barbarians, portraits of
king Kull, Red Sonja, Conan and Solomon Kane

2/ a king comes riding
by Roy Thomas and Ross Andru+Wally Wood

3/ the shadow kingdom
by Roy Thomas and Marie Severin

4/ Niord, the slayer of the worm
in the valley of the worm against Satha the great serpent
by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane

Kull of Atlantis or Kull the Conqueror is a fictional character
created by writer Robert E. Howard,
the character was more introspective than Howard's subsequent creation,
Conan the Barbarian, whose first appearance was in a re-write of a rejected Kull story

His first published appearance was "The Shadow Kingdom" in Weird Tales (August, 1929,
Kull was portrayed in the 1997 movie Kull the Conqueror by actor Kevin Sorbo

Kull was born in pre-cataclysmic Atlantis ca. 100,000 BC,
depicted as inhabited at the time by barbarian tribes,
east of Atlantis lay the ancient continent of Thuria,
of which the northwest portion is divided among several civilized kingdoms,
the most powerful among these was Valusia;
others included Commoria, Grondar, Kamelia, Thule, and Verulia,
note that the word "Thuria" never appears in any of the Kull stories
Howard coined the term while tying Kull's world to Conan's
in the 1936 essay The Hyborian Age

Kull was born into a tribe settled in the Tiger Valley of Atlantis,
both the valley and tribe were destroyed by a flood while Kull was still a toddler,
leaving the young Kull to live as a feral child for many years,
Kull was captured by the Sea-Mountain tribe and eventually adopted by them,
in "exile of Atlantis", an adolescent Kull grants a woman a quick death
so that she would not be burned to death by a mob;
for this Kull is exiled from Atlantis

Kull attempted to reach Thuria but was instead captured by the Lemurian Pirates,
he spent a couple of years as a galley slave before regaining his freedom during a mutiny
he tried the life of a pirate between his late adolescence and his early twenties,
his fighting skills and courage allowed him to become captain of his own ship,
creating a fearsome reputation for himself in the seas surrounding Atlantis and Thuria,
Kull lost his ship and crew in a naval battle off the coast of Valusia
but once again survived,
he settled in Valusia as an outlaw but his criminal career proved to be short-lived
as he was soon captured by the Valusians and imprisoned in a dungeon,
his captors offered him a choice: execution or service as a gladiator,
he chose the latter,
after proving to be an effective combatant and gaining fame in the arenas of the capital,
a number of fans helped to regain his freedom

Kull did not leave Valusia or return to the life of an outlaw,
instead, he joined the Royal army as a mercenary, pursuing elevation through the ranks,
in The Curse of the Golden Skull, Kull, approaching his thirties,
is recruited by King Borna of Valusia in a mission
against the ambitious sorcerer Rotath of Lemuria,
Kull proves to be an effective assassin

Borna promoted Kull into the general command of the mercenary forces (the Black Legion),
Borna himself, however, had gained a reputation for cruelty and despotism,
there was discontent with Borna's rule among the nobility leading eventually to civil war,
the mercenaries proved more loyal to Kull than any other leader,
allowing him to become first the leadership of the revolt and then King,
Kull killed Borna and took his throne while he was still in his early thirties,
in the Shadow Kingdom, Kull has spent six months upon the Valusian throne
and faces the first conspiracy against him

the series continued with Kull finding that gaining the crown was easier than securing it,
he faces several internal and external challenges throughout the series,
the conspiring of his courtiers leaves Kull almost
constantly threatened with loss of life and throne,
the aging King is ever more aware of the Sword of Damocles
that he inherited along with the crown.

the mirrors of Tuzun Thune finds Kull reaching his middle-forties
and becoming progressively more introspective,
the former barbarian is left lost in contemplations of philosophy,
at this point the series ends and his fate is left uncertain.

several characters reoccur throughout the series,
the best known is his trusted ally Brule the Spear-slayer, a pre-cataclysmic Pict,
first Councillor Tu is a trusted administrator,
but also a constant reminder of the tradition bound laws and customs of Valusia
Ka-Nu (sometimes named Kananu), the Pictish Ambassador to Valusia and wise man,
is responsible for the friendship between Kull and Brule
despite the ancient enmity between Atlanteans and Picts,
Kull's mortal enemy is the sorcerer Thulsa Doom

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