Saturday, 30 July 2011

The Great Divide

What Conan Fans and People Who Know How To Use The Internet Know

1932       December       "The Phoenix on the Sword" (Weird Tales)
1933       January           "The Scarlet Citadel" (Weird Tales)
                March            "The Tower of the Elephant" (Weird Tales)
                June               "Black Colossus" (Weird Tales)
                September      "Xuthal of the Dusk" (Weird Tales)
                October          "The Pool of the Black One" (Weird Tales)
1934       January            "Rogues in the House" (Weird Tales)
                April               "Iron Shadows in the Moon" (Weird Tales)
                May                "Queen of the Black Coast" (Weird Tales)
                Augus             "The Devil in Iron" (Weird Tales)
                September      "The People of the Black Circle" (1) (Weird Tales)
                October          "The People of the Black Circle" (2) (Weird Tales)
                November       "The People of the Black Cirlce" (3) (Weird Tales)
                December       "A Witch Shall Be Born" (Weird Tales)
1935       March              "The Servants of Bit-Yakin (Weird Tales)
                May                 "Beyond the Black River" (1) (Weird Tales)
                June                      "Beyond the Black River" (2) (Weird Tales)
                November          "The Man-Eaters of Zamboula" (Weird Tales)
                December           "The Hour of the Dragon" (1) (Weird Tales)
1936       January                "The Hour of the Dragon" (2) (Weird Tales)
                February              "The Hour of the Dragon" (3) (Weird Tales)
                March                   "The Hour of the Dragon" (4) (Weird Tales)
                April                       "The Hour of the Dragon" (5) (Weird Tales)
                July                        "Red Nails" (1) (Weird Tales)
                August                  "Red Nails" (2) (Weird Tales)
                September         "Red Nails" (3) (Weird Tales)
                October               "Red Nails" (4) (Weird Tales)
1938                                       "The Hyborian Age"
1950                                       Conan the Conqueror (Gnome)
1952                                       The Sword of Conan (Gnome)
                                                "The God in the Bowl" (Space Science Fiction)
1953                                       The Coming of Conan (Gnome)
1953                                       King Conan (Gnome)
                                                "The Black Stranger" (Fantasy Magazine)
1954                                       Conan the Barbarian (Gnome)
1955                                       Tales of Conan (Gnome)
1957                                       The Return of Conan (Gnome)
1965                                       "Cimmeria" (The Howard Collector)
1966                                       Conan the Adventurer (Lancer)
1967                                       Conan the Warrior (Lancer)
                                                Conan the Usurper (Lancer)
                                                Conan the Conqueror (Lancer)
                                                "The Vale of Lost Women" (Magazine of Horror)
1968                                       Conan (Lancer)
                                                Conan the Freebooter (Lancer)
                                                Conan the Wanderer (Lancer)
                                                Conan the Adventurer (Lancer)
                                                Conan of the Isles (Lancer)
1969                                       Conan of Cimmeria (Lancer)
1970       October               Conan the Barbarian #1 (Marvel)
1971                                       Conan the Buccaneer (Lancer)
                                                Savage Tales #1 (Marvel, first issue)
1974                                       The People of the Black Circle (Donald M. Grant)
                                                Giant-Size Conan #1 (Marvel)
                August                  The Savage Sword of Conan #1 (Marvel)
1975                                       A Witch Shall Be Born (Donald M. Grant)
                                                Red Nails (Donald M. Grant)
                                                Savage Tales #5 (Marvel, final issue)
                                                Giant-Size Conan #5 (Marvel, final issue)
1976                                       Rogues in the House (Donald M. Grant)
1977                                       Conan of Aquilonia (Lancer)
                August                  The Hour of the Dragon (Berkley)
                September         The People of the Black Circle (Berkley)
                October               Red Nails (Berkley)
1978                                       Queen of the Black Coast (Donald M. Grant)
                August                  Conan the Swordsman (Bantam)
1979                                       Jewels of Gwahlur (Donald M. Grant)
                                                Black Colossus (Donald M. Grant)
                February              Conan the Liberator (Bantam)
                May                       Conan: The Sword of Skelos (Bantam)
                October               Conan: The Road of Kings (Bantam)
1980                                       King Conan #1 (Marvel, first issue)
                July                        Conan the Rebel (Bantam)
                December           Conan and the Spider God (Bantam)
1982       May                       Conan the Barbarian (Universal)
                                                Conan the Barbarian Adaptation (Bantam)
                June                      Conan the Invincible (Tor)
                December           Conan the Defender (Tor)
1983       April                       Conan the Unconquered (Tor)
                October               Conan the Triumphant (Tor)
1984                                       Conan: Hall of Volta (Datasoft)
                May                       Conan the Magnificent (Tor)
                June                      Conan the Destroyer (Universal)
                July                        Conan the Destroyer adaptation (Tor)
                November          Conan the Victorious (Tor)
1985       September         Conan the Victorious (Tor)
1986                                       The Pool of the Black one (Donald M. Grant)
                February              Conan the Fearless (Tor)
                April                       Conan the Renegade (Tor)
                October               Conan the Raider (Tor)
1987       April                       Conan the Champion (Tor)
                October               Conan the Defiant (Tor)
1988       January                Conan the Marauder (Tor)
                March                   Conan the Warlord (Tor)
                October               Conan the Valiant (Tor)
1989                                       The Hour of the Dragon (Donald M. Grant)
                                                Conan (Mindscape)
                                                King Conan #55 (Marvel, final issue)
                February              Conan the Hero (Tor)
                April                       Conan the Bold (Tor)
                                                Conan the Great (Tor)
                October               Conan the Indomitable (Tor)
1990       February              Conan the Freelance (Tor)
                November          Conan the Formidable (Tor)
1991                                       Conan: The Mysteries of Time (Mindscape)
                                                Conan: The Cimmerian (Virgin/Synergistic)
                January                Conan the Guardian (Tor)
                April                       Conan the Outcast (Tor)
                November          Conan the Rogue (Tor)
1992       April                       Conan the Relentless (Tor)
                October               Conan the Adventurer (Jetlag/Sunbow)
                November          Conan the Savage (Tor)
1993       February              Conan of the Red Brotherhood (Tor)
                May                       Conan and the Gods of the Mountain (Tor)
                November          Conan and the Treasure of Python (Tor)
                December           Conan the Barbarian #275 (Marvel, final issue)
1994                                       Conan and the Young Warriors (DiC)
                                                Conan the Adventurer #1 (Marvel)
                January                Conan the Hunter (Tor)
                April                       Conan, Scourge of the Bloody Coast (Tor)
                October               Conan and the Manhunters (Tor)
                November          Conan at the Demon's Gate (Tor)
1995                                       Conan the Adventurer #14 (Marvel)
                                                Conan the Savage #1 (Marvel)
                                                Conan #1 (Marvel, first issue)
                January                Conan and the Gladiator (Tor)
                April                       Conan and the Amazon (Tor)
                July                        The Savage Sword of Conan #235 (Marvel)
                August                  Conan and the Mists of Doom (Tor)
                November          Conan and the Emerald Lotus (Tor)
1996                                       Conan the Savage #10 (Marvel, final issue)
                                                Conan #11 (Marvel, final issue)
                January                Conan and the Shaman's Curse (Tor)
                April                       Lord of the Black River (Tor)
                November          Conan and the Grim Grey God (Tor)
1997       January                Conan and the Death Lords of Thanza (Tor)
                September         Conan: The Adventurer (Keller)
2000       August                  The Conan Chronicles, Volume 1 (Gollancz)
2001                                       Conan: The Road of Kings (Tor)
                                                The Conan Chronicles, Volume 2 (Gollancz)
                October               Conan the Rebel (Tor)
2002                                       Conan and the Spider God (Tor)
                February              Conan: The Sword of Skelos (Tor)
                June                      Conan the Liberator (Tor)
                December           Conan the Swordsman (Tor)
2003                                       Conan of Cimmeria: Volume 1 (Wandering Star)
                                                The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (Del Rey)
2004                                       Conan of Cimmeria: Volume 2 (Wandering Star)
                                                Conan #1 (Dark Horse, first issue)
                                                Conan: The Dark Axe (TDK Mediactive)
                                                Conan and the Daughters of Midora (Dark Horse)
                January                Sagas of Conan (Tor)
                July                        Conan of Venarium (Tor)
2005                                       Conan of Cimmera: Volume 3 (Wandering Star)
                                                The Bloody Crown of Conan (Del Rey)
                                                The Conquering Sword of Conan (Del Rey)
                                                Conan and the Demons of Khitai (Dark Horse)
                                                Conan and the Midnight God (Dark Horse)
                                                Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur (Dark Horse)
2006                                       The Complete Chronicles of Conan (Gollancz)
                                                Conan and the Songs of the Dead (Dark Horse)
                                                Conan: The Book of Thoth (Dark Horse)
2007                                       Conan (Nihilistic)
2008                                       Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (Funcom)
                                                Conan #50 (Dark Horse, final issue)
                                                Conan the Cimmerian #0 (Dark Horse, first issue)
2010                                       Conan: Road of Kings
2011       June                      Conan the Barbarian Novelization (Del Rey)
                July                        Conan the Barbarian (Del Rey)
                August                  Conan the Barbarian (Lionsgate)

"Conan has been done an awful lot in comics, books and video games, but not so much in movies.  With the sheer number of stories that have been told over the years, even for the half-century before the 1982 movie, it's actually quite astonishing that there haven't been more films made."

What The Uninformed Masses and People Who Don't Know How To Use The Internet Know

1982       May                      Conan the Barbarian (Universal)
1984       June                      Conan the Destroyer (Universal)
2011       August                  Conan the Barbarian (Lionsgate)



  1. Heh. I know even less than the Uninformed Masses. I've only owned one Conan the Barbarian book in my life. And that's the only one I've read. =)

  2. To all intents and purposes this is a rebooted remake.So what's the point exactly? You can't blame the public conception on crap marketing ploys that use imagery,story and even the same title from the '82 film. I would still rather it was John Milius and Arnhuld doing "King Conan: Crown of Iron" than this Nispel helmed Momoa vehicle riffing creakilly on the Milius movie.At least it would be something new. Conan will never have the same recognition as Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes or Batman. He was never marketed in the writers own lifetime or for a long while afterward and only became popular (for good or bad) when he was being pastiched. The purity of Howard's character was diluted as far back as "The god in the bowl"(1952?) by de Camp. One things for sure. You won't get a more sincere attempt at making good cinema out of Conan than the Milius attempt.

  3. What do the colours mean?

    Red Passion = REH?
    Crimson Blot = REH with altered text?
    Deep Purple = Pastiches?
    Green Jelly = Comics?
    Olive Oil = Software?
    Cyanide = Film?
    Yellow Vomit = Animation?

    I guess I'm a Red and Green guy.

  4. To all intents and purposes this is a rebooted remake.

    Does not compute.

    You can't blame the public conception on crap marketing ploys that use imagery,story and even the same title from the '82 film.

    Partly their fault, but never underestimate the power of ignorance, willful or not.

    I would still rather it was John Milius and Arnhuld doing "King Conan: Crown of Iron"

    Sure, when the REH (and REH-oriented) Conan has been taking back the brand since the new century, let's scrap all progress and set it back three decades. The new movie's concessions to Milius don't help either.

    Conan will never have the same recognition as Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes or Batman.

    Seriously? One is the archetypal jungle man, one the archetypal detective, and one's as well known as Superman. Conan is the archetypal barbarian.

    You won't get a more sincere attempt at making good cinema out of Conan than the Milius attempt.

    Milius basically stole the brand. This movie's not going to exorcise his spirit from it, but it's a start, and I dream of the one that finally can.

  5. Quick. Alert the Zoo. Someone left the door on the monkey cage open.