Saturday, November 26, 2011


From 1991 comes a CONAN parody out of Marvels comics' comedy comic book "WHAT THE ?!"
This particular bit of HYBORIAN HILARIOUSNESS comes from issue # 12 art by Bill Wray.

CRONAN the Beerbarian

A Parody from Marvel comics' series "WHAT THE ?!" # 12 There was also another 10 page parody comic story in the same issue...we'll share that with you in the days to come. Meantime...ENJOY!

CRONAN the incorrigible

Another CONAN parody brought to us by Marvel comics from CRAZY magazine # by Joe Albelo in the style of Dick Browne ( Hagar the Horrible ) click F11 for a larger image

Friday, November 25, 2011

The art of Sanjulian..." A Witch shall be born "

I like to visit every so often and look for anything at all I might be able to use on one of my it HERCULES or SONJA or SHANNA related and I sit and peruse for hours sometimes just searching for whatever strikes me at the moment. I find some of the most amazing pieces of work just about everytime I am there. I appreciate the fact that these artists share the art so we can all enjoy it.

On my last visit I came across this Sanjulian piece and I was completely floored. The man has been a famous fantasy artist for as long as I am alive and he never ceases to amaze me everytime I see his work. Now...I fancy myself as decent artist...NOT A PRO by any means. But when I look at the work of Joe Jusko and the Hilderbrandts and Boris and Bell I know...there is no way in hell I will ever be a working professional fantasy artist in this lifetime. THEN I come across Sanjulian's pencils and finished masterpiece and I almost cried. The final nail was put in the coffin lid.

Look at his pencils before he puts paint to his piece....every stroke and line and bit of shading such masterful skill. I can't even believe my eyes sometimes when these artists are finished.

I do not have a favorite interpretation of CONAN on the cross ...Who am I to judge? I just love looking at the great work by all the legends...I wait for more patiently. I know I will never be let down. Sanjulian is a Master. This piece is amazing. Enjoy. ( Hit F11 for larger image )

Highland BADASS vs ZULU warrior

I guess this'll fall into the " Not quite CONAN " department. I found this video on youtube
and the person who posted it mirrored the image to nullify copyright infringement as the video is owned by viacom. ( Don't really see how that would work ) But here it is ...Celtic HERO " Sir " William Wallace complete with blue war paint in battle against Zulu warrior KING , SHAKA ZULU.

Taken from an episode of DEADLIEST WARRIOR from the SPIKE network. Anyone familiar with the show knows that these battle scenarios are run 1000 times through a battle simulator program and the warrior with the greater percentage of kills/wins earns the title " DEADLIEST WARRIOR ".

They have already run an episode with Zombies and Vampires...Now...I'm waiting until they get to
everyones favorite Broadsword swinging CIMMERIAN! Hmm...Now the question...who would we put CONAN up against?

( P.S. If we are told to remove the video by reps from will be done. In the meantime enjoy ! )

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Book Review: FANGBONE! Third Grade Barbarian! by Michael Rex

Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian combines three things that I have always loved; graphic novels, stories about funny kids in school (the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, come to mind) and sword-swinging, helmet -denting barbarians. So imagine the sheer joy I felt while reading Mike Rex's book where he deftly rolls up all of these things into one single, hilarious, raucous, bellowing, zany, barbaric (and sometimes gross) package.

And he even signed it for me with a little sketch!

Fangbone is about a young barbarian warrior (named Fangbone, natch) who goes through the usual trials of trying to prove himself to his barbarian tribe, but never gets a chance because the rest of his uncouth brethren are too busy pointing out the fact that he is a runty little kid, despite the fact that Fangbone wears his courage on his chest like a set of plate armor.

The story kicks off as the army of Drool (the main bad dude) is about to attack Fangbone's clan in order to retrieve the severed big toe of said bad dude, which is the last remaining piece of his body that is needed to resurrect him. But Fangbone's clan isn't about to give that up, so while the warriors battle the evil horde, Fangbone is given the big toe and sent into another dimension by a sorcerer (ZORKO! GORKO! DORKO! DOO!) to keep it safe. And that other dimension happens to be our world.

After a valiant battle with an old truck in a dump heap, Fangbone finds himself in an elementary school, surrounded by a group of... shall we say... special... kids, who are all so odd enough in their own rights that they don't really give him too much grief about wearing fuzzy shorts to school.

Fangbone becomes quick friends with a kid named Bill, who's a little light on the confidence, but is nice enough to show Fangbone the ropes of living in our world, like how to flush a toilet.

I don't want to go too into the story, but suffice it to say that the evil army of Drool sends some nasties to get that big toe and Fangbone must enlist the help of his new cohorts in fighting them (doing wonders for Bill's confidence along the way).

My favorite scene is toward the end of the book when the go toe to toe (no pun intended) with Lord King Bat, who totally looked like the kind of creature I would have drawn all over my Trapper Keeper folders when I was in 3rd grade.

I also love the scene when a squirrel steals the big toe. But I digress.

The artwork in this book is simple, yet skilled, and the monochrome coloring scheme is brilliant, if you ask me. I think I've made it pretty clear that I loved this book and greatly hope that there will be more tales of Fangbone in the future, so I'll shut up now about its cover-to-cover epic-ness.

Now, in all fairness, I know that most of the readers of CROM! are more into the gritty barbaric novels of Robert E. Howard and probably less inclined to curl up with a graphic novel about 3rd-graders, but for the few of you that do have a child-like heart, or perhaps an actual adventure-loving child in your home, Fangbone is sure to be a major hit... like a beanball to the face (you'll have to read the book to know what that means).

For more about Mike Rex and Fangbone! visit is blog HERE.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Conan 2012 Calender Spotted at Barnes & Noble!

I was browsing around B&N yesterday with the Mrs. when I spotted this classic Buscema Conan cover beaming at me from within a sea of kittens, unicorns, football teams and Dilbert calenders...

No, I did not buy it on the spot, but rather quickly added it to my Christmas list by jumping up and down and pointing at it frantically like a grinning idiot in front of my wife.

I think she got the point.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Win a Copy of Barbarians: A Handbook for Aspiring Savages (via Superpunch)

Comment and win a copy from Superpunch, or you can just jolly-well buy your own copy on Amazon. Your choice.

The 17 Most Awesome Sword-And-Sorcery Movies Ever Made from Popcrunch

Popcrunch has posted their list of...

The 17 Most Awesome Sword-And-Sorcery Movies Ever Made

Guess who made #1? (And #17 and #7, for that matter.)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

KILLJOY : A Crazy CONAN parody

This parody appeared in Marvel Comics' CRAZY magazine # 90 with a cover by Bob Larkin. The story was written by Paul Kupperberg and the art was by Bob Camp and Marie Severin. Arnold...well you know where Arnold comes from.

The Son of Conan

TMZ (I can't believe I'm linking to a story on TMZ) is showing pics of Arnold's son with his former housekeeper dressed as Conan the Barbarian during a trip to Fright Fest. Frankly, I'm not going to look too deeply into this, but it does smack of a shameless attempt to dredge up a little publicity.Whatever.

You can read the whole pile of sensationalist garbage article HERE.