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Savage Sword of Conan reprinted by Dark Horse

Postby The King » Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:22 am

After the excellent series Conan the barbarian, Dark Horse decided to reprint the Savage Sword of Conan. Isn't that fantastic?

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Postby Spectator » Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:05 pm

How do we order them?
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Postby Bjorn the Barbarian » Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:12 pm

I have preordered mine! :D
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Postby Yogah of Yag » Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:28 pm

By Crom! That's good news!

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Postby The King » Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:13 pm

Spectator wrote:How do we order them?
If you follow the link go to the bottom of the page. You can also order it from amazon. But you still have time as it's scheduled for December.
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Postby The King » Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:25 pm

Yogah of Yag wrote:By Crom! That's good news!

8)
I agree. I find the drawings make it easier to developp some scenario ideas.
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Postby Yogah of Yag » Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:31 pm

The 1st book is 500-some pages. :shock: 8) So...how many volumes do you think it would take to cover the entire series?

Man, I can't wait!

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Postby The King » Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:56 pm

I don't know but I think the savage sword of Conan issues were beefier than in Conan the barbarian (40-60 pages), thus I guess there should be approximatively the same number of issues as in Conan the barbarian.

The price is also very reasonnable and I guess this is because this series is B/W only (but still with Roy Thomas and John Buscema for the most part).
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Postby High Lord Dee » Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:53 am

Since I have them all anyways this does not affect me. BTW, there are so many great campaign/scenario material in these mags that I am kind of viewing this as a negative for gaming purposes. I was confident that my players would not connect storylines from the old mags but with this info at their fingertips, I need to be more creative. Great for the Conan army though so, overall, a positive.

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Re: Savage Sword of Conan reprinted by Dark Horse

Postby thulsa » Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:51 pm

The King wrote:Isn't that fantastic?
I guess, but the Norwegian publisher (Bladkompaniet) has been publishing giant-sized, 300-400 pages in each volume, (translated) reprints of Savage Sword since around 2002. They just released the 8th volume.

They are not reprinted in original order, rather, each volume contains a complete "story arc" such as the Saga of Belit, the Skull of the Seas, etc. Good stuff!

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Re: Savage Sword of Conan reprinted by Dark Horse

Postby The King » Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:26 pm

thulsa wrote:They are not reprinted in original order, rather, each volume contains a complete "story arc" such as the Saga of Belit, the Skull of the Seas, etc. Good stuff!

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But the saga of Belit is in Conan the Barbarian. (just finished the last reprinted volume with the death of the she-pirate). Do they mix both series?

I appreciate the way Roy Thomas ordered his stories in the Conan the Barbarian series, especially when he adds/adapts other stories from Howard but I don't know much of the Savage sword series.

I also love the comment of Roy at the end explaining and detailling why things were done this or that way and hope he will also comments the issues of the reprinted magazine.
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Postby Strom » Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:02 pm

Looking at the price and the amount of pages and the style of other comic publishers b & w trades - Essential & Showcase - I'm guessing that Roy probably will not have his column. But, I would love to be proven wrong - Roy's reminiscing about the old Conan stories are worth the price of the Chronicles. I just don't see DH adding them to the B & W mega-trades.
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Postby DaveNC » Thu Jul 26, 2007 12:23 am

Count me in for these books! I love these old Savage Sword stories!

I wonder if these reprints will be edited at all. If I remember correctly, the first 60 or so issues of Savage Sword of Conan showed bare breasts fairly regularly. After issue 60, they were still fairly risque, but no actual nudity. Luckily, they all featured extraordinary violence - Hyboria's finest!
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Postby The King » Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:30 am

Strom wrote:Looking at the price and the amount of pages and the style of other comic publishers b & w trades - Essential & Showcase - I'm guessing that Roy probably will not have his column. But, I would love to be proven wrong - Roy's reminiscing about the old Conan stories are worth the price of the Chronicles. I just don't see DH adding them to the B & W mega-trades.
B/W is very cheap nowadays, so this isn't impossible that Roy puts his words.
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Postby The King » Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:33 am

DaveNC wrote:Count me in for these books! I love these old Savage Sword stories!

I wonder if these reprints will be edited at all. If I remember correctly, the first 60 or so issues of Savage Sword of Conan showed bare breasts fairly regularly. After issue 60, they were still fairly risque, but no actual nudity. Luckily, they all featured extraordinary violence - Hyboria's finest!
"Black prophets" also features a naked girl's back.
I agree with you on all points, but after reading Conan the barbarian I appreciate color much more than B/W.
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Postby The King » Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:52 am

Anyway these reprints are an excellent idea because Savage Sword of Conan approximatively beginns where Conan the barbarian ends (I mean the Roy Thomas saga only).
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Re: Savage Sword of Conan reprinted by Dark Horse

Postby thulsa » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:36 pm

The King wrote:But the saga of Belit is in Conan the Barbarian. (just finished the last reprinted volume with the death of the she-pirate). Do they mix both series?
Yes, apparently they do mix from both series. Best of both worlds, you could say... :-)
The King wrote:I also love the comment of Roy at the end explaining and detailling why things were done this or that way
Me too! I greatly enjoy such background material. He even admits that some stories were just quick filler material, that the "crab-men" looked more like ninja turtles, etc.

Oh, and I actually prefer black and white (as long as it's properly inked - Buscema/Chan-style!) to the new color stuff.

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Postby DaveNC » Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:24 pm

I remember the covers to be absolutely fantastic! Some great artwork on these. Too bad they will reprinted in Black & White, but anything to see these stories reprinted and available at a reasonable cost.
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