MOUNTAIN COMICS #22 - CONAN THE BARBARIAN #164
Crom! Rob welcomes Radio vs. the Martians co-host Mike Gillis to the cabin discuss "The Jeweled Sword of Tem", from CONAN THE BARBARIAN #164 by Larry Yakata and Gary Kwapisz!
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6 responses to “Mountain Comics #22 – Conan The Barbarian #164”
Great show! I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation – of course, that’s a given, since the topic is Conan and Mike Gillis is the guest.
This issue came a bit after I had stopped reading Conan (and back then I never was a very regular reader of either the 4-color series or Savage Sword in any case), but based on your description, it sounds like standard fare. And while I agree that Conan did push the envelope for a Code-approved book, I’m still a bit surprised by the cover image, as it does seem more suited to Savage Sword that a comic that could be pulled out of a spinner rack by, say, an 11 year-old kid.
Otherwise, I think Mike speculated on whether there was any other character in a Code-approved book who dispatched his adversaries as brutally as Conan – to which I respond: Michael Fleischer’s Spectre from the early 1970s.
As to the rumblings about a King Conan movie starring Arnie, I’m actually skeptical myself. It could be good, but I was never really a fan of either of the Arnie Conan movies (which I’m sure I’ve mentioned in the comments over at Radio vs. the Martians) – but that’s a discussion for another time.
Maybe Mike can jump on a Conan-centric podcast when Podcasta is done. Loved the love coming off of you guys. I’ve put in an order for CromCast!
You have no idea how many podcasts I’d do if I could afford to. A Conan podcast, a John Constantine podcast, a podcast about the manga series 20th Century Boys. I’d have no free time.
Feels like I should throw up a meaningful GIF here.
Great show, but then the Mountain Comics episodes always are. One day I may see that cabin! Meanwhile… I was never a big Conan fan, the stories seemed a bit samey to me – wizards and dames and giant snakes, oh my! I did begin reading regularly when JM DeMatteis took over the writing and we got a regular supporting cast and actual humour.
Still, there’s no denying the quality of the work this time… that splash page made me smile, Conan looks like he’s about to take a dump!
Just from the cover and the interiors shown here, this definitely was pretty racy for a Code-approved Marvel comic. I didn’t really read much Conan until a few years later, when my soon-to-be-brother-in-law (now ex) shared his Conan comics and magazines to read. I was old enough then to really appreciate the…um…artwork there!
Mike’s theories on Howard are fascinating. It does explain the Conan tropes you two discussed. Very thought-provoking talk, about a guy who doesn’t seem to get too deep himself!