Sunday, February 17, 2008

Conan In Australia: An Incomplete History









Be warned, this is going to be technical and rather dry. So if you're looking for something funny then you'd be better of looking in a mirror. If you want to see the covers for virtually all of the comics listed here then click on the different publisher titles.

For a character so popular in all parts of the world, Conan The Barbarian hasn’t had a rich publishing history in regards to Australian comic books. The Robert E Howard books, along with the authors that followed, were always available in paperback format but the Australian publishers generally treated the Conan comic book like any other mainstream title when it came to reprints; that is not as desirable as books such as Spider-Man or the Fantastic Four.

CLIMAX ADVENTURE ALBUM
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The first appearance of Conan in Australian comic books appears to have been within the pages of CLIMAX ADVENTURE ALBUM #10, as published by Kenmure. It is with this book that the first mystery surrounding Conan in Australia has surfaced.

The web-site, the Australian DC Superhero Reprint Gallery (which oddly enough also covers non-DC material) has an estimated date for Climax Adventure Comic #10 of October 1971. The Conan story within is titled, ‘BEWARE THE WRATH OF ANU’ by Roy Thomas, Barry Smith and Sal Buscema, along with the stories Men Of The Shadows by Stan Lee, Syd Shores and Christopher Rule, and The King And The Oak by Thomas with John and Marie Severin. These stories originally appeared in Conan The Barbarian #10 (USA) also with a cover date October 1971, which means it would have appeared around August 1971. The main issue with this dating is that Kenmure would have to have had the story in hand at least one month prior to publication. If this was the case then depending on the actual publication date this comic might truly be called the original and the USA counterpart the reprint. The conclusion is that the dates for the Australian comic might be slightly out of range and that while it did appear in 1971 it could well have been at a later date, such as November or early December. A discussion between myself and noted Australian reprint collector Spiros Xenos bears this theory out, and Spiros has informed me that he's about to publish some interesing information about dating the Australian reprint comics. The copy stored in the Mitchell Collection of the New South Wales state library is dated 23/12/????. Period advertisements date the book from 1971, and it is possible that the date the title was issued, and the date it was received at the library might well differ radically. The DC Reprint Gallery also tells us that the cover price of $.20 applies for this book for a date spanning July 1969 through to June 1972, which would place it in the right date. Unless printing records can be located it is unlikely that an actual date can be pinned down.

By the time issue #11 of CLIMAX ADVENTURE ALBUM appeared in November 1972, Conan was being reprinted in SAVAGE TALES. However issue #11 of Climax did reprint THE LURKER WITHIN by Roy Thomas, Barry Smith and Sal Buscema, which originally appeared in Conan The Barbarian #7 (USA).

SAVAGE TALES
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The next appearance of Conan was in the title SAVAGE TALES. SAVAGE TALES had two lives, The first run was published by Kenmure Press and ran for fifteen issues, with an annual. A continuation of this run appeared with the possible advent of issue #16 and the confirmed existence of issues #17 and #18, both of which appeared over two years after issue #15 and contained no Marvel Comics material at all, instead focusing on DC material such as Claw The Unconquered, Hercules Unbound and Beowulf.

The first issue of this title was clearly designed to capitalise on the name of Conan, with the book being titled; CONAN THE BARBARIAN STARRING IN: SAVAGE TALES. As a reprint title aligned with a current Marvel title the contents were diverse. Along with Conan the first issue reprinted stories featuring Ka-Zar, Man Thing and John Romita’s Femizons. Despite the cover billing Conan appeared as the third story. The aspect that set this title apart from other comics of the same era was the inventive use of photographic images and collages for cover art. At a time when covers were generally either reprinted USA covers, or collages of interior panels to save money, the use, and clearly expense, of using photo covers was unique and was re-used for horror comics issued by the likes of Gredown in the late 1970s through to the early 1980s. Photo covers appeared on all but one of the first ten issues, from that point on the title reprinted covers from the USA Savage Tales series, and generally used covers boasting the art of Neal Adams. The title also boasted exceptional paper stock and reproduction for the time, with clear, white paper with the line art being reproduced in high quality.

The first fifteen issues of SAVAGE TALES ran from early 1972 through to early 1977 when Newton took over the Marvel franchise in Australia. The SAVAGE TALES ANNUAL (un-numbered) appeared in mid to late 1978, after Newton Comics was wound up, and as such led the way for the title to be revived with the same numbering.

As far as the contents there was a number of unusual stories reprinted. Generally the reprint comics in Australia stuck to the mainstream titles, SAVAGE TALES went outside of that and reprinted the following:
Issue # 1 reprinted THE FROST GIANT'S DAUGHTER by Thomas and Smith, this story originally appeared in SAVAGE TALES #1 (USA)
Issue #2 was fairly Conan heavy. Out of three stories in the book two featured Conan. ROGUES IN THE HOUSE by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema came from Savage Tales #1 (USA) while THE SWORD AND THE SORCERERS by Thomas and Smith, from Chamber of Darkness #4 (USA) was taken from the reprint of the story that appeared on Conan The Barbarian #16 (USA).
Issue #3 reprinted A SWORD CALLED STORMBRINGER and THE GREEN EMPRESS OF MELINBONE, both by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema, from Conan The Barbarian #14 and Conan The Barbarian #15 (USA) respectively.
Issue #4 reprinted DEVILS WINGS OVER SHADIZAR by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema, from Conan The Barbarian #6 (USA). With this issue the title began to move more away from the star, Conan, and began reprinting other Marvel titles, in this issue three consecutive Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Thor stories appeared.
Issue #5 reprinted THE BLOOD OF THE DRAGON by Roy Thomas, Gil Kane and the non-de-plume Diverse Hands, from Conan The Barbarian #12 (USA). This issue also the debut of Dr Strange.
Issue #6 reprinted THE KEEPERS OF THE CRYPT by Thomas, Smith, Tom Sutton and Tom Palmer from Conan The Barbarian #8 (USA). This issue also saw the first non-Marvel story reprinted in the title, a Charlton story titled Udanga's Curse.
Issue #7 reprinted GARDEN OF FEAR by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema, from Conan the Barbarian #9 (USA). This issue saw the beginning of Ka-Zar reprints, which would eventually form the core of the title, along with Conan.
Issue #8 reprinted DWELLER IN THE DARK by Thomas and Smith from Conan The Barbarian #12 (USA). Another non-Marvel story appeared in this issue, AGC’s Journey To Chaos, along with Marvel material in the form of Kull and Ka-Zar.
Issue #9 reprinted WEB OF THE SPIDER-GOD by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema, from Conan The Barbarian #13 (USA), along with another non-Marvel story, Jann Of The Jungle by jay Scott Pyke and Don Rico.
Despite having his name still boldly emblazed on the front cover there is no Conan content in issue #10 at all. Ka-Zar, Kull and two stories from Charlton are reprinted here.
Issue #11 saw minor in story length, but major in content material with A PROBABLE OUTLINE OF CONAN'S CAREER by P Schuyler Miller, Leo Marguiles, Pat Broderick, Frank Thorne and Barry Smith from Savage Sword Of Conan #16 (USA) and CIMMERIA by Robert E Howard and Barry Smith from Savage Tales #2 (USA) being reprinted.
Issue #12 reprinted NIGHT OF THE DARK GOD by Thomas, Gil Kane, Neal Adams, Pablo Marcos and the non-de-plume Diverse Hands from Savage Tales #4 (USA).
Issue #13 reprinted the first chapter of RED NAILS (Part I) by Thomas and Smith, from Savage Tales #2 (USA)
Issue #14 reprinted the second part of RED NAILS by Thomas and Smith from Savage Tales #3 (USA) along with Demons Of The Summit by Thomas and Tony DeZungia from The Savage Sword of Conan #3 (USA).
Issue #15 reprinted the third part of RED NAILS by Thomas and Smith from Savage Tales #3 (USA).
SAVAGE TALES ANNUAL reprinted THE SECRET OF SKULL RIVER by Thomas, Jim Starlin and Al Milgrom from Savage Tales #5 (USA).

NEWTON COMICS
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NEWTON COMICS was the brainchild of Australian media identity Maxwell Newton. Newton was a larger than life character and felt that he needed to have as much control over publishing within Australia during the 1960s and through to the 1970s. Part of this desire saw Newton form NEWTON COMICS after the idea was feeded to him by journalist Martin Dougherty in late 1973. Armed with a cheque for the amount of $30,000 Dougherty and Newton flew to New York where Dougherty sealed a deal with licenser Transworld to provide material, and also with Marvel Comics to be the sole reprint agent within Australia. Marvel’s existing contracts with publishers such as K.G. Murray (and it’s offshoots Kenmure) would be allowed to run out but all new titles and material would be the sole domain of Newton. The first Newton comic, Amazing Spider-Man #1, appeared in May 1975. A failure of Newton to maintain payments to both Transworld and Marvel saw the licence revoked in mid 1976 and by the end of 1976 Newton Comics was a defunct company. The remaining stock and related materials belonging to Newton, including original art and stats provided by Marvel via Transworld, were dumped into a dumpster at the end of 1976.

Amongst the titles that Newton launched in 1975 was Conan The Barbarian. The title was short run, but it did manage to cram a lot into the 12 issues it ran for, plus a few stories in other Newton titles. The title ran from July 1975 through to February 1976. Initial issues were standard sized for Newton but it soon turned into a size, and format, keeping more in line with the USA SAVAGE TALES or SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN. One of the traits of Newton was the wholesale chopping and changing of both the artwork and stories. Stories would appear out of sequence as they were printed when the material arrived at Newton’s Richmond HQ. This resulted in some of the most unique Conan titles published.

Issue #1 reprinted THE COMING OF CONAN by Roy Thomas, Barry Smith and Dan Adkins from Conan The Barbarian #1 (USA) and LAIR OF THE BEAST-MEN by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #2 (USA).
Issue #2 reprinted ROGUES IN THE HOUSE by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #11 (USA)
Issue #3 reprinted THE TWILIGHT OF THE GRIM GREY GOD by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema Conan The Barbarian #3 (USA) along with the Kull story, The King And The Oak by Thomas, Marie Severin and John Severin from Conan The Barbarian #10 (USA)
Issue #4 reprinted ZUKALA'S DAUGHTER by Thomas, Smith and Frank Giacoia from Conan The Barbarian #5 (USA), along with the non-Conan story Requiem For A Haunted Man by Gerry Conway, Russ Heath and Crusty Bunkers from Savage Tales #10 (USA)
Issue #5 reprinted DEVIL-WINGS OVER SHADIZAR by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #6 (USA), along with a continuation of the story Requiem For A Haunted Man from the previous issue.
Issue #6 reprinted THE LURKER WITHIN by Thomas, Smith, Adkins and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #7 (USA) plus yet another continuation of Requiem For A Haunted Man.
Issue #7 reprinted GARDEN OF FEAR by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #9 (USA), plus more of Requiem For A Haunted Man.
Issue #8 reprinted THE DWELLER IN THE DARK by Thomas and Smith from Conan The Barbarian #12 (USA).
Issue #9 reprinted A SWORD CALLED STORMBRINGER by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #14 (USA) and THE BLOOD OF THE DRAGON by Thomas, Gil Kane, Tom Palmer and Bernie Wrightson (as Diverse Hands) from Conan The Barbarian #12 (USA)
Issue #10 reprinted the CURSE OF THE UNDEAD-MAN by Thomas, John Buscema and Pablo Marcos from Savage Sword of Conan #1 (USA).
Issue #11 reprinted RED SONJA by Thomas, Esteban Maroto, Neal Adams and Ernie Chau from Savage Sword Of Conan #1 (USA), BLACK COLOSSUS by Thomas, John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala from Savage Sword Of Conan #2 (USA) and AT THE MOUNTAIN OF THE MOON-GOD by Thomas, John Buscema and Pablo Marcos from Savage Sword of Conan #3 (USA)
Issue #12 reprinted THE GREEN EMPRESS OF MELINBONE by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #15 (USA), THE GODS OF BAL-SAGOTH by Thomas, Gil Kane and Ralph Reese from Conan The Barbarian #17 (USA) and THE THING IN THE TEMPLE by Thomas, Kane and Adkins from Conan The Barbarian #18 (USA).

Other Conan stories in the Newton catalogue were as follows:
HULK ANNUAL #1 reprinted THE KEEPRS IN THE CRYPT by Thomas and Smith from Conan The Barbarian #8 (USA)
NEWTON TRIPLE ACTION reprinted THE BLACK HOUND OF VENGENACE by Thomas and Smith from Conan The Barbarian #21 (USA).

YAFFA
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With Newton closed for good the license to reprint Marvel comics within Australia was snapped up by page Publications who specialised in printing populist magazines on topics such as Hot Rod cars and sports. Page, via it’s subsidiary Yaffa, would publish Marvel reprint comics into the early 1980s when Federal would step into the scene. During their short time Page/Yaffa managed to print at least seventeen separate comic books related to Conan. It is highly possible that there are more titles yet to be uncovered as Page/Yaffa had a tendency to print comics with unusual titles as one-shot issues. Another trait of Page/Yaffa was chopping up stories to make them fit their standard template, that being three reprinted issues of black and white line art in each book, both magazine size and digest size. Unlike Newton Page/Yaffa didn’t try to compete with the more popular full colour comic books by attempting to be competitive, instead they printed large sized titles with anywhere from sixty or more pages per issue at a competitive price. The Page/Yaffa issues also attempted to sustain a form of continuity by reprinting stories in sequence.

Page/Yaffa managed to print two definite titles of Conan, the main title CONAN THE BARBARIAN along with SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, plus at least two one-shot titles, KING CONAN and UNTAMED WORLDS OF CONAN.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN

This title lasted for eleven issues. The first four and the last issue in the run were magazine sized and black and white. Issues five to ten were digest sized and also black and white. It was in the digest sized comics that the story editing/mutilation occurred on a larger scale than the magazine sized titles.

Issue #1 reprinted THE COMING OF CONAN by Thomas, Smith and Dan Adkins from Conan The Barbarian #1 (USA), LAIR OF THE BEAST-MEN by Thomas, Smith and Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #2 (USA) and THE TWILIGHT OF THE GRIM GREY GOD by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #3 (USA)
Issue #2 reprinted THE TOWER OF THE ELEPHANTS by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #4 (USA), ZUKALA’S DAUGHTER by Thomas, Smith and Frank Giacoia from Conan The Barbarian #5 (USA) and DEVIL WINGS OVER SHADIZAR by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #5 (USA).
Issue #3 reprinted THE LURKER WITHIN by Thomas, Smith, Adkins and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #7 (USA), THE KEEPERS OF THE CRYPT by Thomas, Smith, Tom Sutton and Tom Palmer from Conan The Barbarian #8 (USA) and THE GARDEN OF FEAR by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema Conan The Barbarian #9 (USA).
Issue #4 reprinted BEWARE THE WRTAH OF ANU by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #10 (USA) and ROGUES IN THE HOUSE by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #11 (USA)

The title then was continued in a digest sized format with poor cover graphics.
Issue #5 reprinted A SWORD CALLED STORMBRINGER by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #14 (USA), THE GREEN EMPRESS OF MELINBONE by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #15 (USA) and WEB OF THE SPIDER-GOD by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #13 (USA).
Issue #6 reprinted THE FRONT GIANT’S DAUGHTER by Thomas and Smith from Savage Tales #1 (USA), SWORD AND THE SORCERERS by Thomas and Smith from Conan The Barbarian #16 (USA) and THE GODS OF THE BAL-SAGOTH by Thomas and Gil Kane from Conan The Barbarian #17 (USA) and THE THING IN THE TEMPLE by Thomas, Kane and Adkins from Conan The Barbarian #18 (USA).
Issue #7 reprinted HAWKS FROM THE SEA by Thomas, Smith and Adkins from Conan The Barbarian #19 (USA), THE BLACK HOUND OF VENGEANCE by Thomas, Smith and Adkins from Conan The Barbarian #20 (USA) and MONSTER OF THE MONOLITHS by Thomas, Smith, Craig Russell, Val Mayerik and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #21 (USA). The second story is missing it’s splash page in order to give the impression that both stories were one larger story.
Issue #8 reprinted THE COMING OF CONAN by Thomas, Smith and Dan Adkins from Conan The Barbarian #1 (USA), THE SHADOW OF THE VULTURE by Thomas, Smith, Sal Buscema, Adkins and Chic Stone from Conan The Barbarian #23 (USA) and THE SONG OF RED SONJA by Thomas and Smith from Conan The Barbarian #24 (USA).
Issue #9 reprinted THE MORRORS OF KHARAM AKKAD by Thomas, John Buscema, Sal Buscema and John Severin from Conan The Barbarian #25 (USA), THE HOUR OF THE GRIFFIN by Thomas, John Buscema and Ernie Chua (Chan) from Conan The Barbarian #26 (USA) and THE BLOOD OF BEL-HISSAR by Thomas, John Buscema and Chau (Chan) from Conan The Barbarian #27 (USA). Again, the second story has the splash page edited out to give the impression of a large, seamless story.
Issue #10 reprinted MOON OF ZEMBABWEI by Thomas, John Buscema and Chau (Chan) from Conan The Barbarian #28 (USA), TWO AGAINST TURAN by Thomas, John Buscema and Chau (Chan) from Conan The Barbarian #29 and THE HAND OF NERGAL by Thomas, John Buscema and Chau (Chan) from Conan The Barbarian #30 (USA).

The last issue in the series reverted back to a magazine sized comic.
Issue #11 reprinted THE COMING OF CONAN by Thomas, Smith and Dan Adkins from Conan The Barbarian #1 (USA), LAIR OF THE BEAST-MEN by Thomas, Smith and Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #2 (USA) and THE TWILIGHT OF THE GRIM GREY GOD by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #3 (USA) and was an exact copy of the first issue.

Also digest size was KING CONAN and UNTAMED WORLD OF CONAN. These appear to be one-shot issues, although there may be more than one issue of KING CONAN in existence.

UNTAMED WORLD OF CONAN reprinted THE TOWER OF THE ELEPHANT by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #4 (USA), ZUKALA’S DAUGHTER by Thomas, Smith and Frank Giacoia from Conan The Barbarian #5 (USA) and DEVIL WINGS OCER SHADIZAR by Thomas, Smith and Sal Buscema from Conan The Barbarian #6 (USA).

KING CONAN #1 reprinted THE WITCH OF THE MISTS, by Thomas, John Buscema and Ernie Chan from King Conan #1 (USA) and THE BLACK SPHINX OF NEBTHU by Thomas, John Buscema and Chan from King Conan #2 (USA). The second story has the splash page edited out in order to present the two stories as being one.

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN

This title lasted for at least four issues, with the first issue appearing in 1978 and the last in 1980, making it an annual more than an ongoing regular title. The contents of this title mirrored the American counterpart although shorter text pieces and stories were often dropped and pages edited out.

Issue #1 reprinted THE CURSE OF THE UNDEAD-MAN by Thomas, John Buscema and Pablo Marcos from Savage Sword Of Conan #1 (USA), CONAN’S FORGOTTEN WOMEN by Fred Blosser from Savage Sword Of Conan #1 (USA) and THE FROST GIANT’S DAUGHTER by Thomas and Smith from Savage Sword Of Conan #1 (USA). While the reproduction of the latter story is superior to the version that appears in issue #6 of the Page/Yaffa Conan The Barbarian series, this version is missing half of the original splash page, although it is otherwise uncensored. Issue #2 reprinted BLACK COLOSSUS by Thomas, John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala from Savage Sword Of Conan #2 (USA).
Issue #3 reprints AT THE MOUNTAIN OF THE MOON-GOD by Thomas, John Buscema and Pablo Marcos from Savage Sword Of Conan #3 (USA) and DEMONS OF THE SUMMIT by Thomas and Tony deZuniga from Savage Sword Of Conan #3 (USA).
Issue #4 reprinted IRON SHAWOWS IN THE MOON by Thomas, John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala from Savage Sword Of Conan #4 (USA) and THE CORBAN CONAN by Rich Corban from Savage Sword Of Conan #4 (USA).

My belief is that is where the title stops.

FEDERAL
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With the growing influx of Marvel’s standard, and at times cheaper, colour comics Page/Yaffa allowed their license to lapse in the early 1980s. Shortly afterwards, in about 1983, another company, THE FEDERAL PUBLISHING COMPANY Pty Ltd stepped forward to enter the world of comic book publishing. Federal would be the last Australian based company to take on the duties as a comic book reprinter for Marvel in Australia until the early 2000s. Part of their strategy was to swamp the market with comic book sized, black and white reprints that contained an average of sixty four pages per issue, generally on newsprint with often cheap paperstock, making mint copies now all but invisible. The general plan was to get as much out into the market place as possible, and, at times, it appeared that Federal was competing with Marvel by printing relatively new stories shortly after their original printings had appeared via import.

Into this strategy came Conan for one last gasp. Bouyed by the success of the first Conan movie and taking their lead from Page/Yaffa, Federal would print three consecutive issues in each book, so the previously mentioned page count was important and in order to make stories fit into the required space often splash pages were removed to give the appearance of a single, seamless story and panels were altered, re-drawn and poorly touched up. Federal would eventually abandon the black and white magazine approach and delivered coloured comic books. As they were generally printed on poor newsprint with muted tones they were no competition for the, by then, more familiar Marvel and DC Comics with their glossy covers, garish colours and slick paperstock.

The highlight of the entire Federal run was the movie adaptation of Conan The Destroyer. This featured a thick cardstock cover and proper comic book paperstock. The book was a straight copy of the standard USA adaptation and clearly sold more copies than the black and white Conan comics that Federal were issuing.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN

Issue #1 reprinted THE COMING OF CONAN by Roy Thomas, Barry Smith and Dan Adkins from Conan The Barbarian #1 (USA), THE RING OF RHAX by Bruce Jones, Gil Kane and Ernie Chan from Conan The Barbarian #131 (USA) and GAMES OF GHARN by Jones, Kane and Danny Bulandi from Conan The Barbarian #132 (USA).
Issue #2 reprinted THE WITCH OF WIDSNOR by Jones, Kane and Bulandi from Conan The Barbarian #133 (USA), A HITCH IN TIME by Jones, Kane and Ernie Chan from Conan The Barbarian #134 (USA) and THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT by Steven Grant, Marc Silvestri, Joe Rubinstein and Danny Bulanadi from Conan The Barbarian #135 (USA). The second story has had the splash page removed totally to make the two stories appear as one, the third story has the splash page reduced and panels removed from the second page to make it fit into the required page count.
Issue #3 reprinted VALLEY OF FOREVER NIGHT by J.M. DeMatties, John Buscema and Ernie Chan from Conan The Barbarian #118 (USA), THE VOICE OF ONE LONG GONE by DeMatties, John Buscema and Bob McLeod from Conan The Barbarian #119 (USA) and THE HAND OF ERLICK by DeMatties, John Buscema and McLeod from Conan The Barbarian #120 (USA). All of these stories were mutilated with the splash pages being removed from the second and third stories in order to give the impression of one single story.
Issue #4 reprinted THE CITY WHERE TIME STOOD STILL by DeMatties, John Buscema and McLeod from Conan The Barbarian #122 (USA), THE HORROR BENEATH THE HILLS by DeMatties, John Buscema and McLeod from Conan The Barbarian #123 (USA) and THE ETERNITY WAR by DeMatties, John Buscema and McLeod from Conan The Barbarian #124 (USA). Again, as with the previous issue all of these stories were mutilated with the splash pages being removed from the second and third stories in order to give the impression of one single story.
Issue #5 reprinted THE WITCHES OF NEXXX by DeMatties, John Buscema and McLeod from Conan The Barbarian #125 (USA), THE BLOOD RED EYE OF TRUTH by DeMatties, John Buscema and McLeod from Conan The Barbarian #126 (USA) and THE SNOW HAIRED WOMAN OF THE WASTES by DeMatties and Kane from Conan The Barbarian #126 (USA). The second story has had the splash page removed, again to give the impression of one single story.
Issue #6 reprinted SPIDER ISLE by Jones, John Buscema and Brett Breeding from Conan The Barbarian #140 (USA), THE WEB TIGHTENS by Jones, John Buscema and Brett Breeding from Conan The Barbarian #141 (USA) and THE MAZE, THE MAN, THE MONSTER by Jones, John Buscema and Chan from Conan The Barbarian #142 (USA). The second story has had the splash page removed, again to give the impression of one single story.

I have no details on issues #7 and #8.

Issue #9 reprinted TOWER OF MITRA by Jones, John Buscema and Chan from Conan The Barbarian #147 (USA) and THE PLAGUE OF FORLEK by Jones, John Buscema and Chan from Conan The Barbarian #148 (USA). This issue was printed in full colour and may be the last of the series.

CONAN THE DESTROYER
#nn reprinted CONAN THE DESTROYER by Michael Fleisher and John Buscema from Marvel Comics Super Special #35 (USA), CELLULOID DELTOIDS by Paul M Sammon from Marvel Comics Super Special #35 (USA) and CONAN THE DESTROYER by Fleisher, John Buscema, Pat Redding, Bob Camp and Charles Vess from Marvel Comics Super Special #35 (USA).

Conan The Destroyer more than likely was the last Australian reprint Conan comic released.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

A great run-down of the Australian publishing history. I never realised the KG Murray connection. Conan issues were a bit all over the place weren't they?

Newton dumped orginal art and proofs in the bin?!

SAVAGES! :)

Robert Thomas

Craig Calvert said...

Many thanks for the Yaffa Conan History...I'm a big fan of this run of the comics. Not sure if you're interested - I've got a Yaffa digest-sized 'The Legend of Conan' (not sure where that fits into the whole picture). It collects 'The Lurker Within', 'The Keepers of The Crypt' and 'The Garden of Fear' (can provide scan of cover if you would like). Also have 3 x Kull Yaffa Digests (Kull the King, Kull The Conqueror and The Kingdom of Kull). I can be reached at craig_calvert@hotmail.com if you would like scans, etc. Cheers, Craig.