It was a pretty light week at the comic shop, but I did get quite a bit more in the mail.

Conan The Barbarian Omnibus HC #10A
McFarlane Cover
Roy Thomas is back! The writer who made Robert E. Howard’s CONAN THE BARBARIAN one of the most popular and influential comics in Marvel history returned to close out the series’ record-setting original run! With artist collaborators MICHAEL Docherty and Gary Hartle, Thomas charted a path for Conan that took him from the shores of the Western Sea to the top of the Mount of Crom, from the desert lands fringing the Vilayet Sea to the deadly forests of the Pictish wilderness, reconnecting with the classic legacy of Howard but also bringing in contemporary additions to the Conan mythos like the Devourer of Souls, the sword-thief Isparana and Varnae, First Lord of Vampires – as well as old favorites Red Sonja and Zula! Collecting CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1970) #241-275 and material from WHAT THE-?! #12. Rated T+

This is the final volume collecting the original Marvel run, completed just in time before the current rights holder Titan Books launches a new Conan comic. (Marvel decided to pass on renewing the license.)

I think they’ve also wrapped up collecting Conan the King: The Original Marvel Years, though the latest volume hasn’t shipped yet, but my understanding is that even if they haven’t, Titan will finish what Marvel started. At least, that’s my understanding of what’s happening with the omnibus collections of the Marvel run of Savage Sword of Conan.

I haven’t bought any of those omnibuses, as I have all 22 of the softcover volumes released by Dark Horse when they held the Conan license and didn’t want to go through the expense of replacing them.

Anyway, that’s it for this Mail Call. I have a few other comics that are on their way to me, so you’ll be seeing those soon as well.

Born and raised in the sparsely populated Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Jon Maki developed an enduring love for comics at an early age.

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