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shelf life – conan

April 18, 2014

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!

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OUR CONAN REPRINTS SHELF (l to r) Dark Horse’s collections of Marvel’s “Savage Sword of Conan” magazines and “Conan the Barbarian” comics; Del Rays 3 vol collection of Howard’s original stories; and Dark Horse’s collections of their own Conan comics.

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.

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THE TWO MARVEL REPRINT SERIES (l to r) “Savage Sword of Conan” 1-2 collects 24 issues of the magazine; and “Chronicles of Conan” 1-5 collects 34 issues of the comics.

If we want to keep collecting just these two series, well .. I’ve done the maths:


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.



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