The Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian No. 15

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Savage Sword of Conan was black and white comic magazine. It is one of several titles from the 1970s where Marvel Comics used the magazine format to produce content outside of the publishing industry's self-censoring Comics Code. Savage Sword of Conan was one of the most successful of these titles, running from 1974 to 1995 for a total of 235 issues.

In 1970, Marvel Comics began publication of Conan the Barbarian. The series, Marvel's first to feature author Robert E. Howard's most famous creation, quickly became one of the company's most popular titles. Running for 23 years and 275 issues, the comic Inspired countless imitators, helping propel Howard, and the "sword and sorcery" genre he created, into the mainstream of American popular culture.

Howard introduced Conan in his story "The Phoenix on the Sword," printed in a 1932 edition of the magazine Weird Tales. Howard published 16 additional Conan in a lifetime cut short by suicide. Additional stories were released posthumously, with other writers contributing their own visions of Conan's adventures in Howard's "Age of Hyboria" a brutal prehistoric era populated by wicked sorcerers, evil demons and ferocious despots.

Following the success of Conan the Barbarian, Marvel released more titles featuring the character, notably the comic book King Conan/ Conan the King (1980-1989) and the black and white magazine Savage Sword of Conan (1974-1995.) In the early 2000s, Dark Horse acquired the license for Conan, developing several well-received titles between 2003-2017, after which Marvel reacquired the property.

Since his introduction to comic book audiences, Conan has been the subject of novels, video games, animated television series and feature films, notably 1982's Conan the Barbarian. Directed by John Milius, the film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role, helping launch the Austrian born weightlifter and future Governor of California's Hollywood career.

Date Made: 1976

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

Subject: ComicsFantasy

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Credit Line: Gift of George R. Zug

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.3039.364Nonaccession Number: 2013.3039Catalog Number: 2013.3039.364

Object Name: comic book

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8 1/4 in x 11 in; x 20.955 cm x 27.94 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-f270-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1450548

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