no 1 the curse of the undead-man BV

série: Conan, savage sword
dessinateur / scénariste: Collectif
éditeur: Marvel USA
genre: Heroic-Fantasy
classement: carton132
date: 1974
format: broché
état: TBE/N
valeur: 50 €
critère: **
remarques: Savage Sword of Conan, serie of 235 issues from August 1974 to July 1995
best artists (drawing) are John Buscema
(although his design can vary from very good to acceptable),
sometimes Sonny Trinidad, Gil Kane, Alfredo Alcala
and the best of all Ernie Chan, Conan embellisher by excellence,
best covers are probably those of Boris Vallejo (BV),
Earl Norem (EN) and Ernie Chan (EC)

first issue of the Savage Sword of Conan, August 1974, serie 2929
84 pages black and white for one dollar
cover by Boris Vallejo

>> for Conan's commentary, see Conan's official handbook
note: the usual swearwords of Conan: by Ishtar, by Mitra
and in Crom's name

1/ the curse of the undead-man
by Roy Thomas and John Buscema
n.b. the stories about Conan include usually
a geographical map where the action takes place

2/ a Hyperborean oath
editorial for Savage Sword of Conan by Roy Thomas

3/ Red Sonja, the she-devil
by Roy Thomas and Neal Adams

4/ Conan's women warriors by Fred Blosser
being Valeria, golden-haired woman of Stygia in "red nails",
Yasmina of Vendyha in "the people of the black circle"
Bêlit, the beautiful Shemite woman in "queen of the black coast"
and of course Red Sonja, she-devil of Hyrkania

5/ Blackmark
a novel in 4 episodes (Conan's nos 1 to 4),
story and art by Gil Kane

6/ an Atlantean in Aquilonia by Glenn Lord
the story of king Kull of Atlantis
whereas Conan the Cimmerian was introduced
in December 1932 issue of Weird Tales pulp magazine,
novels about king Kull were already written
from 1926 until 1930 (the shadow kingdom),
it seems that king Kull was temporily dropped by Burroughs
then was re-introduced for paperback publication in 1967,
therefore as the cover of the first issue of Marvel's Kull
proudly proclaimed "before there was Conan, there was Kull the Conqueror

7/ Conan the barbarian,
the frost giant's daughter
by Roy Thomas and Barry Smith

>> the rare and interesting first issue of Savage Sword,
especially thanks the excellent cover drawn by Boris

- cover Savage Sword first issue
- one of the first stories of Conan,
the frost giant's daughter, drawn by Barry Smith
- one of the first stories of Conan,
the black colossus, drawn by John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala
n.b. note the difference in drawing style

The Savage Sword of Conan was a black-and-white magazine-format comic book series
published beginning in 1974 by Curtis Magazines,
an imprint of American company Marvel Comics, and then later by Marvel itself,
Savage Sword of Conan starred Robert E. Howard's most famous creation,
Conan the Barbarian, and has the distinction
of being the longest-surviving title of the short-lived Curtis imprint

as a "magazine", Savage Sword of Conan did not have to conform
to the Comics Code Authority, making it a publication of choice for many illustrators,
it soon became one of the most popular comic series of the 1970s
and is now considered a cult classic,
Roy Thomas was the editor and primary writer for the series' first few years (until issue 60)
which featured art by illustrators such as Neal Adams, Dick Giordano, Barry Windsor-Smith,
John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom, Pablo Marcos, and Walter Simonson,
pPainted covers were provided by such artists as Earl Norem, Bob Larkin, and Joe Jusko

Savage Sword of Conan was published under the Curtis imprint until issue 60,
when it became part of the Marvel Magazine Group,
stories from the comic were reprinted in the Marvel UK title of the same name,
Savage Sword of Conan ran until issue #235 (July 1995)

the adventures in Savage Sword of Conan are not always consecutive
(as they are in the color Marvel title Conan the Barbarian)
and they cover different eras of Conan's life,
the Savage Sword stories mostly feature an older Conan
and adapt R. E. Howard stories and pastiches starting from "Black Colossus"
(according to the Miller/Clark chronology),
thus following the Roy Thomas stories in Conan the Barbarian

the first issue leads off with Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith's adaptation
of one of Howard's shortest but most well-known Conan tales:
the Frost Giant's Daughter,
this is one of Conan’s earliest tales chronologically,
still a teenager, he encounters a beautiful woman in the frozen north
who leads him into an ambush by her giant brothers,
issue #2 featured another Howard adaptation, "Black Colossus",
in which Conan faces off against a three-thousand-year-old sorcerer,
this story teams long time Conan penciler John Buscema with his frequent partner Alcala,
the cover of issue #5 sports a Boris Vallejo painting of Conan being crucified,
from the story "a witch shall be born",
this story features Conan at his most resilient, surviving a desert crucifixion
to get revenge on the man who put him there

issues #6-10 included "People of the Dark", a 30-page tale
scripted by Thomas and drawn by Alex Niño;
the continued adaptation of Howard’s only full-length Conan novel,
the Hour of the Dragon (the first parts having been printed in Giant-Size Conan #1-4);
and the adaptation of "Iron Shadows in the Moon", by Buscema and Alcala,
where Conan goes from chief of the Zuagirs to pirate captain of the Red Brotherhood

the next three years of the title featured numerous adaptations of Howard stories
(many by the art team of Buscema and Alcala), including "Shadows in Zamboula",
"the Devil in Iron", "the People of the Black Circle", "the Slithering Shadow",
"the Pool of the Black One", "the Tower of the Elephant", "Jewels of Gwahlur",
"beyond the Black River", "the Scarlet Citadel", "the Flame Knife", "Hawks Over Shem",
"the Treasure of Tranicos", and "Wolves Beyond the Border"
a later issue (#204) adapts Howard's "Drums of Tombalku

the comic won the "Comic" British Fantasy Award in 1975 and 1976,
- a panel with Red Sonja, the she-devil

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