Mas Conan!

Read this article in USA Today about new Conan media available. To summarize:

  • A new coffee table book from Dark Horse, Conan the Phenomenon
  • An X-Box 360/PS3 video game
  • An online RPG, Age of Conan, which may force me to break my self-imposed ban on MMORPGs
  • A 543 page compilation of the old Marvel Savage Sword of Conan mags (yes, I’ll be buying this), also from Dark Horse
  • A new movie “in development for 2009”. Of course lots of films are “in development”, and just before Arnold went for governor a lot of us in the geek mafia were pretty damned excited about the long rumored King Conan project, which never came to pass. I just hope they let Arnold do a cameo and bring back John Milius to co-write.

Here’s the thing about Conan–Robert E. Howard’s Conan, in his many incarnations: he’s one of my all-time favorites. I love Conan (in a very manly sense, of course). Sometimes I hear the theme music from the movie in my head (often in the midst of long, boring meetings or conversations) and am seized with the intense urge to cleave someone, or at the very least tell them to cease their useless prattling, by Crom!

See that? That’s Frank Frazetta illustrating Conan. It gets no better, my friends!

The day several years ago when Del Ray began reprinting the original Howard Conan stories with The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian was a very good day.

And so I must leave you with a direct quote, culled from the very depths of mine own memory:

Know, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and something, something…there was an age undreamed of… Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirths, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet.”
-opening sentence of the very first Conan story, from the Nemedian Chronicles, ‘The Phoenix on the Sword’, 1932, Robert E. Howard.

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