The Chronicles of Conan

 CHO5   (Dark Horse, 2003-2017)

™ and © Dark Horse Comics, Inc.

As it continues to mine the Marvel archives for lost comics treasure, Dark Horse produces its latest find: the 1970s classic Conan. Adapting the fantasy world of Robert E. Howard to the comics form, writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith enjoyed a 24-issue run, and the first eight issues are reprinted in this trade paperback.

The story begins with a Cimmerian bandit in the Hyborian Age of Aquilonia who must fight to fulfill his fate to become king. Armed with a sword in one hand and a maiden in the other, this wandering warrior combats winged beasts, warlords, and wizards.

Masterfully refiguring Howard’s original “adventurer” into a “barbarian,” this duo starts with a Kirbyesque flair that gradually matures into a signature style. It is refreshing to see the original depiction of the barbarian as more an impulsive Tarzan than muscle-bound hulk. In the afterword, Thomas retells how close comics history came to not being made. Sporting remastered color throughout, this edition breathes new life into a timeless tale destined to find a new generation of fans.

— Oliver Chin

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#1

  10/8/2003
  $15.95
  $6.50
3 copies available from $5.00
Reprints Conan the Barbarian #1-8Roy Thomas, Robert E. HowardBarry Windsor-Smith

#2

  12/10/2003
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  $17.00
4 copies available from $5.00
Reprints Conan the Barbarian #9–13, 16Roy Thomas, Robert E. HowardBarry Windsor-Smith

#2 (2nd printing)

 
  $16.95
  $29.00
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2nd printing; Reprints Conan the Barbarian #9–13, 16Roy Thomas, Robert E. HowardBarry Windsor-Smith

#3

  2/11/2004
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  $19.00
4 copies available from $5.00
Reprints Conan the Barbarian #14, 15, 17–22Roy Thomas, Michael Moorcock, James CawthornBarry Windsor-Smith, Gil Kane

#3 (2nd printing)

  2/11/2004
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2nd printing; Reprints Conan the Barbarian #14, 15, 17–22Roy Thomas, Michael Moorcock, James CawthornBarry Windsor-Smith, Gil Kane, P. Craig Russell, Val Mayerik

#4

  5/5/2004
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Reprints Conan the Barbarian #23-26 and the story “Red Nails” from Savage TalesRoy Thomas, Robert E. HowardBarry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema

#5

  8/18/2004
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2 copies available from $18.00
Collects Conan the Barbarian #27-34Roy ThomasJohn Buscema

#6

  11/1/2004
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1 copy available for $57.00
Collects Conan the Barbarian #35-42Roy ThomasJohn Buscema, Neal Adams, Rich Buckler

#7

  3/1/2005
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #43-51Roy ThomasJohn Buscema

#8

  8/1/2005
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #52–59Roy ThomasJohn Buscema, Mike Ploog

#9

  11/1/2005
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #63, 65, 69-71Roy ThomasJohn Buscema, Val Mayerik

#10

  3/1/2006
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #72-77, 79-81; Indicia incorrectly lists through #82 (corrected in Roy’s afterword)Roy ThomasJohn Buscema, Howard Chaykin

#11

  2/1/2007
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #82–86, 88–90Roy Thomas, Robert E. HowardJohn Buscema, Howard Chaykin

#12

  7/1/2007
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #91, #93–100Roy Thomas, Robert E. HowardJohn Buscema, Howard Chaykin

#13

  12/1/2007
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #92, 100–107Roy Thomas, Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, Lin CarterJohn Buscema, Sal Buscema

#14

  3/1/2008
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #108-115Roy Thomas, Norvell W. Page, Christy MarxJohn Buscema

#15

  7/1/2008
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1 copy available for $15.00
Collects Conan the Barbarian #116-121 and Annual #2J.M. DeMatteis, Roy Thomas, Larry Hama, Len Wein, Robert E. HowardJohn Buscema, Neal Adams, Vincente Alcazar

#16

  11/1/2008
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #122-126, Anl #4-5J.M. DeMatteis, Roy Thomas, John BuscemaJohn Buscema

#17

  4/1/2009
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Collects Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian #127-134 and Annual #6; The Creation Quest and Other StoriesJ.M. DeMatteis, Bruce Jones, Roy ThomasGil Kane, Ernie Chan, Danny Bulanadi

#18

  9/1/2009
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #135-142Bruce Jones, Steven GrantJohn Buscema, Ernie Chan, Marc Silvestri, Alfredo P. Alcala, Val Mayerik

#19

  6/1/2010
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1 copy available for $15.00
Collects Conan the Barbarian #143-150Mary Jo Duffy, Michael Fleisher, Alan ZelenetzJohn Buscema, Ernie Chan, Ricardo Villamonte, Richard Howell

#20

  12/1/2010
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Collects Conan The Barbarian #151-#159Michael Fleisher, John BuscemaJohn Buscema, Gary Kwapisz

#21

  8/1/2011
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #160-167, Anl 7Michael Fleisher, Larry Yakata, Roy Thomas, L. Sprague de Camp, Lin CarterBob Camp, John Buscema, Gary Kwapisz, Ernie Chan, Frank Reyes

#22

 
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #168-173, Anl 8, 9; ca. 2012Michael FleisherJohn Buscema

#23

  3/1/2013
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #174-181 and Annual #10Jim OwlseyJohn Buscema, Ernie Chan

#24

  6/1/2013
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #182-189 and Annual #11James OwsleyJohn Buscema, Ernie Chan, Mike Docherty

#25

  11/1/2013
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Collects Conan The Barbarian #190-198; Collects Marvel’s Conan The Barbarian #190-199James OwsleyJohn Buscema, Val Semeiks

#26

  4/1/2014
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Collects Conan the Barbarian #199-205, Annual #12James OwsleyVal Semeiks, Vince Giarrano, Andy Kubert

#27

  7/1/2014
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Collects Conan The Barbarian #206-214 and The Official Handbook of the Conan Universe #1James OwsleyVal Semeiks, Adam Blaustein

#28

  11/1/2014
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Collects Conan The Barbarian #215-223Charles SantinoVal Semeiks

#29

  3/1/2015
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Collects Conan The Barbarian #224-232Gerry Conway, Larry Hama, Micheal Fleisher, Michael HigginsDwayne Turner, Geoff Senior, Alfredo P. Alcala, Jose Delbo, Frank Springer, Ron Lim

#30

  11/1/2015
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Death Of ConanMichael HigginsRon Lim

#31

  3/1/2016
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Collects Marvel Comics Conan The Barbarian #241-249; Empire of the Undead and Other StoriesRoy ThomasGary Hartle, Mike Docherty

#32

  7/1/2016
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Collects Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian #250-258; The Second Coming Shuma Gorath and Other StoriesRoy Thomas, Sandy PlunkettMike Docherty, Tony DeZuniga, Sandy Plunkett, Dave Hoover

#33

  11/1/2016
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Collects Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian #259-267; The Mountain Where Crom Dwells and Other StoriesRoy ThomasMike Docherty, E.R. Cruz, John Watkiss

#34

  3/1/2017
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Collects Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian #268-275; Betrayal in Zamora and Other StoriesRoy ThomasMike Docherty