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In the years that have passed since prolific pulp writer Robert E. Howard created his seminal sword-and-sorcery adventurer Conan, many other scribes have tried to re-create the passion and energy Howard infused into his stories. Few have come as close as comics writer Roy Thomas did during his long and influential run on Marvel's monthly Conan the Barbarian series back in In the years that have passed since prolific pulp writer Robert E. Howard created his seminal sword-and-sorcery adventurer Conan, many other scribes have tried to re-create the passion and energy Howard infused into his stories. Few have come as close as comics writer Roy Thomas did during his long and influential run on Marvel's monthly Conan the Barbarian series back in the 1970s. Collaborating with the most acclaimed and talented artists of the time, Thomas wove a narrative tapestry of action, intrigue, and heroism that's as powerful today as it was when it was first published. This volume features completely remastered color and text corrections.


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In the years that have passed since prolific pulp writer Robert E. Howard created his seminal sword-and-sorcery adventurer Conan, many other scribes have tried to re-create the passion and energy Howard infused into his stories. Few have come as close as comics writer Roy Thomas did during his long and influential run on Marvel's monthly Conan the Barbarian series back in In the years that have passed since prolific pulp writer Robert E. Howard created his seminal sword-and-sorcery adventurer Conan, many other scribes have tried to re-create the passion and energy Howard infused into his stories. Few have come as close as comics writer Roy Thomas did during his long and influential run on Marvel's monthly Conan the Barbarian series back in the 1970s. Collaborating with the most acclaimed and talented artists of the time, Thomas wove a narrative tapestry of action, intrigue, and heroism that's as powerful today as it was when it was first published. This volume features completely remastered color and text corrections.

30 review for The Chronicles of Conan, Volume 6: The Curse of the Golden Skull and Other Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Volume 6, similar to volume 5 of the series is another mixed bag of Conan fare featuring a lot of free, adapted, and very few original stories that Thomas dolloped onto the Conan story path trying to go from point A to point B in some semblance of order. All well in good despite other artists working on the series besides Buscema and Chan. Great artists like Neal Adams and Rich Buckler, but making the continuous read a bit more jagged. In other words, to me, the book wasn't running full steam Volume 6, similar to volume 5 of the series is another mixed bag of Conan fare featuring a lot of free, adapted, and very few original stories that Thomas dolloped onto the Conan story path trying to go from point A to point B in some semblance of order. All well in good despite other artists working on the series besides Buscema and Chan. Great artists like Neal Adams and Rich Buckler, but making the continuous read a bit more jagged. In other words, to me, the book wasn't running full steam ahead just yet, but still way better than most books at that time. Opening the trade is "The Hell-Spawn of Kara -Shehr"which Thomas freely adapts from Howard's story "The Fire of Asshurbanipal" featuring his American hero Steve Clarney. A tale I finally read a year or so back in a collection of Howard's El Borak stories and like characters. A good, but typical REH comic adapted story. The second story explains the De Camp bit about Conan fooling around with a Turanian soldier's wife and shows Conan getting better using the bow, spear and riding horseback which was cool. The third story has Conan's pal Juma in it ( created by De Camp ) and is drawn by the always amazing Neal Adams. The fourth story, "The Warrior and the Were-woman" was one I had some problems with in that Conan utters "I renounce my former spell...in the name of Rama, Vramma and Kulthas!" and as far as I know this is the only time I ever heard Conan go on like this. Granted, it was to remove a curse on him, but Conan and spell-casting never go together. Yet another free adaptation by Thomas from the REH penned "The House of Arabu" and to me it was more like a round peg trying to fit in a square hole. I felt the last two stories were among the best in this volume. "The Garden of Death and Life" has it all from a beautiful Buscema drawn woman, to a two page spread of action, a mystery, nasty brigands, and a rather Lovecraftian look and feel to it all to challenge our hero. And yet another free adaptation closes the volume with a gorgeous Buscema drawn opening page that could tell a whole story itself which also goes on to involve a woman, a mystery, a few evil doers, a gargoyle, and a pretty decent story all wrapped up in one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    Another good collection of stories, including a rare Conan story illustrated by Neal Adams. I really like the way Roy Thomas mined Howard's non-Conan stories for adaptations. This volume didn't seem quite as good as previous volumes as we had shorter storylines and things seemed a little disjointed. Still a good read and a great series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jim Thompson

    Enjoyed it. Mostly. Oddly, the only story in this volume that I didn't like was "The Curse of the Golden Skull." It was a longer piece, cut down to fit the original page limits for the issue, and it felt exactly like something cut down to meet page limits... rushed, important bits left out. Odd that it was chosen as the title piece for this volume. Anyway, silly to overthink and overcriticise. Conan stabs bad people with swords, meets lovely young ladies, encounter scary monsters, and so on. It is Enjoyed it. Mostly. Oddly, the only story in this volume that I didn't like was "The Curse of the Golden Skull." It was a longer piece, cut down to fit the original page limits for the issue, and it felt exactly like something cut down to meet page limits... rushed, important bits left out. Odd that it was chosen as the title piece for this volume. Anyway, silly to overthink and overcriticise. Conan stabs bad people with swords, meets lovely young ladies, encounter scary monsters, and so on. It is what you'd expect, and if that's what you want, you'll like this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    Brutish justice and Adventure! :D Brilliant Review to Come! :D

  5. 5 out of 5

    Helmut

    Ein harter Schädel ist besser als einer aus Gold Vor kurzem hatte ich The Savage Sword of Conan, Vol. 4 ausgelesen und war übermäßig enttäuscht. Nachdem ich nun "The Curse of the Golden Skull" nocheinmal gelesen habe, weiß ich auch wieder, warum - wenn man das Team Buscema/Chan(Chua) mal in Bestform gesehen hat, kann es danach nur noch Enttäuschungen geben. Und hier sind die beiden in Bestform. Es gibt im Bereich Fantasy-Comics nichts besseres, gerade mit der neuen hervorragenden Kolorierung, die Ein harter Schädel ist besser als einer aus Gold Vor kurzem hatte ich The Savage Sword of Conan, Vol. 4 ausgelesen und war übermäßig enttäuscht. Nachdem ich nun "The Curse of the Golden Skull" nocheinmal gelesen habe, weiß ich auch wieder, warum - wenn man das Team Buscema/Chan(Chua) mal in Bestform gesehen hat, kann es danach nur noch Enttäuschungen geben. Und hier sind die beiden in Bestform. Es gibt im Bereich Fantasy-Comics nichts besseres, gerade mit der neuen hervorragenden Kolorierung, die inzwischen eine bis dahin ungeahnte Atmosphäre erzeugt. Neben den beiden Meistern hebt sich der Band aber auch durch eine schöne Mischung hervor: Die titelgebende, toll gezeichnete Neal-Adams-Geschichte, und eine, obwohl Roy Thomas das im Nachwort abstreitet, sehr sehenswerte Buckler/Chan-Zusammenarbeit. Enthalten sind die Geschichten, die die Ausgaben 35-42 der "Conan the Barbarian"-Comicreihe bei Marvel ausmachten: "The Hell-Spawn of Kara-Sher" "Beware the Hyrkanians Bearing Gifts" "The Curse of the Golden Skull" "The Warrior and the Were-Woman" "The Dragon from the Inland Sea" "The Fiend from the Forgotten City" "The Garden of Life and Death" "Night of the Gargoyle" Die Stories selbst, wie üblich in routinierter Manier von Roy Thomas geskripted, lassen mich nicht vor Freude hüpfen, sind aber solide und glänzen durch die Zeichnungen wie Diamanten. Vielleicht der beste Band der gesamten "Chronicles of Conan"-Reihe.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mark

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    Yamen

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    Rex

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dave

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    Djeand

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    Craig

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    Gavin

  13. 5 out of 5

    Book collector

  14. 4 out of 5

    John Roberts

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    Pat

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    Mark

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    Mikael

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    Goran Garcevic

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    Douglas Roberts

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    Paul

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    Jeff

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    Phil

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Majasaari

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    Charles

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    Rick Hurley

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