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On 2/3/2021 at 12:38 PM, jimjum12 said:

... Criminally under appreciated .... Smith gave it life, but Buscema coaxed it to perfection. GOD BLESS....

-jimbo(a friend of jesus)(thumbsu

I like this story from CBR.com   

" I opened up with, "We're now into early 1970. Conan the Barbarian #1 debuted in July of 1970. Originally, Roy Thomas asked John Buscema if he wanted to draw the new series. Buscema was ALL about it. But then Martin Goodman, Marvel's Publisher, said that they were going to deduct their licensing fee for Conan out of the production cost for the book. So Buscema would cost too much, so they used another artist we saw a little while back, Barry Smith, instead. So I think Thomas was thinking the introduction of Arkon was almost as this 'Sorry you couldn't draw Conan, so, well, here, draw Conan anyways!'"   ............ Arkon was published  in Avengers 75, 5/1970 and Conan 1 was published 10/1970. 

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Just now, Joshua33 said:

CGC labels the book cover pencils ny Gil Kane, Inks by Neal Adams. Should be easy enough to verify. To my eye, it definitely looks like Adams and Kane work. 

GCD says "Giordano inks confirmed in Giordano Changing Comics, One Day At A Time." Adams inked the cover to #45, the interiors of which were inked by the Crusty Bunkers..

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So 101 through 240 are basically a wasteland in terms of issues of note, aside from a few red sonja appearances (ok, everything from 59-99 is pretty dubious too, but I am hoping Belit winds up being good on screen and folks may get interested in her so maybe her cover appearances will matter, but she is in every issue until she is dead), although good reading regardless (I will be honest, i have not read most of them, I feel like the art dropped off a bit and I liked the stuff from 100 and before? I was going through my 2 longies of conan and family books to see what might get relevant in the coming months, obviously the BWS stuff, adams, early buscema, 1st belit, red sonja appearances. 1st zula is not doing anything on ebay right now, I don't know if they plan on using him.

So in terms of Conan Gal Pals during the original marvel runs, Belit is primarily in the comics, Valeria is in the magazines (other than maybe a cameo flashback), Red Sonja is in both, has lots of her own comics, periodically possesses Mary Jane Watson and hangs out with spiderman (or is Red Sonja supposed to be a prior life on MJ... I need to read the comics now), and maybe gets visited on a mystical journey by Dr. Strange? I guess it is moot because Marvel does not own Red Sonja...for now.

On an unrelated note, why on earth would a seller list 3 9.8 copies of the same low demand conan comic for auction at about the same time? It's like they were trying to sell it for as little as possible.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Conan-The-Barbarian-99-CGC-9-8-016/254816830025?hash=item3b54444249:g:N-AAAOSwvk1f3mmS

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Conan-The-Barbarian-99-CGC-9-8-020/254815541743?hash=item3b543099ef:g:QtEAAOSwwlNf3mlR

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Conan-The-Barbarian-99-CGC-9-8-005/254815541746?hash=item3b543099f2:g:nigAAOSwNmVf3mkn

and then he listed another one a week later...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Conan-The-Barbarian-98-CGC-9-8/224305909929?hash=item3439ac90a9:g:n7EAAOSweuFf9MBx

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On 2/3/2021 at 7:19 AM, Brian48 said:

Not exactly sure when it was released, but I remember it was towards the days when Smith was starting to leave comics.  I posted about my purchase way back in this thread with some added pics.

https://www.cgccomics.com/boards/topic/109091-conan-comics/page/40/#comments

 

 

Thanks. As I said, I never heard this even though I got all of his GBP output in the '70s - or thought I did. It was not listed in the GBP catalog. What is the official name of it? I did an ebay search but nothing came up.

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5 hours ago, Jordysnordy said:

2 notable CL sales last night

1 9.8 sold for GPA high of $7700.00 :golfclap:

and even more shocking 20 - yes 20 - in 9.8 sold for $4000.00 WOW

Last 9.6 sold in Jan for under $300.00 :whatthe:

Giant-Size Conan 1 sold for $3899

The Giant-Size books are doing well right now.

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Im almost done with my 9.4 run, but having difficulty with a couple issues in high grade.  Between issues 1 through 24, does anybody have experience with which issue is the toughest in the BWS run? 

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On 3/8/2021 at 10:11 PM, Joshua33 said:

I don't know about key, but if you're into killer artwork and an amazing story, check out SSOC 30. 7 part minisaga "The Scarlet Citadel" by Brunner and Thomas. Great Howard adaptation. Easily one of the best Conan stories/artwork combos. A great read. 

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how many Thor 339s would you accept in trade for that?

I feel like Brunner is underrated in that era.

For eons I have wanted a decent conan page from one of the marvel books. Invariably anything I can find that won't bankrupt me doesn't have him in it or if it does, you can barely make him out.

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13 hours ago, picon3 said:

I found #20 to be extremely difficult due to the color of the picture frame.  It shows everything. Paul

Just grabbed the 20 off of C Link on Wednesday. Was happy to get it. Just need 12, 13 and 18. 12 seems to be the concensus hard book to get.

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On 3/8/2021 at 10:11 PM, Joshua33 said:

I don't know about key, but if you're into killer artwork and an amazing story, check out SSOC 30. 7 part minisaga "The Scarlet Citadel" by Brunner and Thomas. Great Howard adaptation. Easily one of the best Conan stories/artwork combos. A great read. 

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:golfclap:  :takeit:

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9 hours ago, Joshua33 said:

Just grabbed the 20 off of C Link on Wednesday. Was happy to get it. Just need 12, 13 and 18. 12 seems to be the concensus hard book to get.

Well bought at that price in my opinion..  Just a tough book in high grade and this copy had white pages (thumbsu

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13 minutes ago, picon3 said:

Well bought at that price in my opinion..  Just a tough book in high grade and this copy had white pages (thumbsu

Yup. That has been the challenge. If I was willing to do lesser page quality in 9.4, I probably could've bought them all within a couple months. The White page requirement has got me on about a 2 year kick, so far...

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On 2/4/2021 at 10:47 AM, Chaykin Stevens said:

GCD says "Giordano inks confirmed in Giordano Changing Comics, One Day At A Time." Adams inked the cover to #45, the interiors of which were inked by the Crusty Bunkers..

Not to beat a dead horse here, but it appears as if Giordano inked the interior work by Buscema. The cover IS a Kane and Adams collabo, story by Roy Thomas...

am I missing something?

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