It was my birthday earlier this month so I had a little birthday cash to spend. What else am I going to spend it on, BOOKS!

The Fourth and final book I added to my collection was Conan the Phenomenon by Paul Sammon. 

If you know me then you should know I love Robert E. Howard Conan stories, hell I even love non Howard Conan stories. I am just a sucker for this Barbarian! Flashback to a impressionable young Mighty Thor JRS hanging out in his dad’s book store, looking though paperbacks on a spinning rack next to the comic books I loved so much. Seeing those wonderful Conan covers. Sneaking and reading those fantastic stories. Flash forward to I think about 2010, I started to read again and came across the Del Rey Conan collections and my love of fantasy books was renewed. Which led to me starting this blog. My fantasy love started with Conan (and my love for Norse mythology, but that’s a whole other long story) I owe much to Robert E. Howard.

This is a hefty coffee table type book. Has some amazing artwork throughout. This book spans the entire history of Conan. From the Pulp Mag days to currant day incarnations of this beloved character. The sections on the early pulps and the early Lancer and Ace paperbacks are truly spectacular. I am excited to sit down with it and really dig into it. Beautiful book that I was surprised to find at my local used book store.

I really want to start collecting the old vintage paperbacks, never seem to find them in used book stores, guess I will have to search online. Any suggestions for collecting anything Conan is appreciated. Hit me up!

Well that’s it for my Birthday book Haul’s I have been sharing this week.

Hope everyone enjoyed!




(My Conan/Robert E. Howard collection)



















Conan the Phenomenon

by Paul Sammon


Since his first appearance in a 1932 pulp magazine, Conan the Barbarian has enjoyed every success available to a fictional character. Robert E. Howard, created the genre of sword and sorcery with his original stories; Frank Frazetta’s definitive (and often imitated) Conan book covers set the standard for dynamic fantasy artwork; Roy Thomas, with Barry Smith and later John Buscema, used the character to push the boundaries of comic-book adventure; and Arnold Schwarzenegger launched his amazing film career. Now, with the character’s popularity renewed thanks to the award-conan-by-frazettawinning comics series by Kurt Busiek, Timothy Truman, Cary Nord, and Dave Stewart, all of these eras of Conan are examined under one cover in this lavishly illustrated book. Conan historian Paul Sammon looks at all the stages of the character’s development, with commentary and archival material from the most integral players in that history, in this must-have book for anyone who’s followed the barbarian through any of his incarnations.




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Paul M. Sammon has written for The Los Angeles Times, The American Cinematographer, Cahiers Du Cinema and Cinifantastique. His fiction has appeared in many collections and he is editor of the best selling American Splatterpunks series. As a film maker Paul M. Sammon has produced, edited and directed dozens of documentaries on films such as Platoon, Dune and Robocop. He is the author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner and his latest book is about the making of the movie Starship Trooper directed by Paul (Robocop) Verhoeven.