Here’s a lovely little chunk of books adapting, retelling, riffing off and re-shoeing ancient greek themes .. the stories are good .. the art is good.
Olympians – an ongoing series by George O’Conner
Wonder Woman – an ongoing series by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang for Marvel
Promethea – a two volume collection by Allan Moore and J. H. Williams for ABC
Age of Bronze – an ongoing series by Eric Shanower
I like Conan the Barbarian, both the original Howard stories and the comic book adaptions and we own a dozen or so of the Lancer Books’ novels in various states of repair and almost two shortboxes of Marvel’s “Conan the Barbarian” comics and “Savage Sword of Conan” magazines.
But we also have about a shelf’s worth of trade paperback collections of the comics and collected editions of the stories so we don’t have to risk damaging the originals. They’re great and they look great on the shelf but I’ve just found out how many comics Marvel produced back in the day .. and I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat!
Marvel published 235 issues of their “Savage Sword of Conan” magazine between 1974 and 1995 and 275 issues of their “Conan the Barbarian” comic between 1970 and 1993. That’s a lot of comics. Here’s where we are right now with these two runs.
If we want to keep collecting just these two series, well .. I’ve done the maths:
SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN
We’ll end up with 22 volumes taking up 22″ of shelf space (1 1/2 of our shelves) and it’ll have cost us about $360.
CONAN THE BARBARIAN (collected as Chronicles of Conan)
We’ll end up with 34 volumes taking up 14″ of shelf space (1 shelf) and it’ll have cost us about $550.
And that doesn’t factor us wanting to keep collecting Dark Horse’s past and ongoing original comics.