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COMIC LEGEND: Conan appeared in a comic book years before Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian.
A few weeks back, I featured the story about how it was Marvel’s comic book adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s Conan that actually solidified the character as Conan the Barbarian.
However, while Conan the Barbarian was the first OFFICIAL comic book adaptation of Howard’s Conan stories, it amazingly enough was almost two decades after Conan’s FIRST comic book appearance!
You see, in 1952, the Mexican comic book magazine Cuentos de Abuelito began adapting the Conan story, “Queen of the Black Coast,” the same story that launched the recent Dark Horse Comics Conan the Barbarian magazine….
The story, translated as La Reina de la Costa Negra, was unique in that the pirate queen Bêlit became the star of the serial!
Conan was also depicted as a blonde man….
The comic was reprinted in many different Mexican comic book formats throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
So well before Marvel OFFICIALLY adapted Conan into comics, he had a long history in the medium.
Thanks to PB210 and Mr. Cromatic for suggesting this one!
On the next page, was there an issue of Doctor Strange where the lettered script was different than what was actually drawn in the comic?
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