- Know, O prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars. Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet.
Conan was born in Cimmeria, a northern kingdom of barbarians. All of his chronicled adventures take place in the Hyborian Age. At the age of fifteen, Conan fought in the battle of Venarium. After this Conan, went on several adventures as chronicled in the comics. He eventually would come to be the king of Aquilonia, one of the most powerful kingdoms of the Hyborian age. Among his foes was the Stygian wizard Thoth-Amon. After many years of ruling Aquilonia, Conan abdicated in favour of his son, Conn, and departed across the Western Ocean to investigate mysterious forces which menaced Aquilonia, and discover new lands to explore. His ultimate fate is not recorded.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Nigh-Superhuman Strength: Conan possessed the strength level of a man his age, size and weight who engaged in intensive regular exercise. Conan was physically one of the most powerful humans who ever lived. Stated as having the strength of ten to twelve men. In What If volume 1 issue 43, he was able to lift Captain America (240 lbs) by the shield and easily throw him across a room.
Peak Human Durability: Conan's great physical size, musculature and mental toughness gave him the ability to withstand injury superior to those of ordinary humans.
Peak Human Endurance: Conan could stay awake for days as well as exert himself for a considerable amount of time without rest before showing any signs of fatigue.
Preternatural Speed and Agility: Conan possessed considerably greater speed and agility than a man of his size should have; his speed and agility were often compared to that of a jungle cat.
Wilderness Instinct: Having been raised as a barbarian, Conan had time from birth to nurture a survival instinct lost to most other humans. This very instinct had saved his life on many occasions, making him an even more formidable warrior.Enhanced Senses: Conan was born and raised in the dark grey hills of Cimmeria, and spent much time outdoors-as both a necessity and as a form of leisure; as such, he developed senses of vision, smell, and hearing that were several times more acute than those of a "civilized" human.
Master Warrior: Conan was a highly formidable armed and unarmed combatant. He had been trained to use most weapons available to his time with great ability. His skill, brutality and intensity was unsurpassed and he had been shown to kill highly skilled and armed opponants by the score, whether armed or bare-handed.
Master Tactician and Strategist: Conan was a born leader and commander of men. His vast experiences in battle gave him considerable tactical and strategic knowledge.
Multi-Lingual: Conan was exceptionally intelligent and able to speak, read and write multiple ancient languages.Master of Stealth: As he was raised in a wilderness environment, Conan possessed sufficient stealth to surprise forest animals. This was further honed during Conan's career as a thief.
Strength levelConan possessed the strength level of a man his age, size and weight who engaged in intensive regular exercise. Conan was physically one of the most powerful humans who ever lived; as demonstrated by overpowering the physically bigger strangler of Yota Pong Baal-Pteor, and breaking the neck of a wild Cimmerian bull when he was only a teenager.
TransportationConan generally traveled on horseback.
A wide variety of bladed weapons, though he usually preferred a two-handed Broadsword.
Conan was created by Robert Howard and later licensed by Marvel, but is now under license to Dark Horse. As it tends to do, Marvel introduced a number of unique characters through the Conan books over which it remains in full control. Similarly, a number of characters central to the Conan story (such as his patron deity, Crom), have sporadic but important roles in the early history of Marvel's Earth.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
Conan the Barbarian
The very first Conan cinematic project was planned by Edward Summer. Summer envisioned a series of Conan movies, much like the James Bond franchise. He outlined six stories for this film series, but none were ever made. An original screenplay by Summer and Roy Thomas was written, but their lore-authentic screen story was never filmed. Instead the resulting film, Conan the Barbarian (1982), was written by the unlikely pairing of Oliver Stone and John Milius. Their script had very little in common with Howard's original Conan tales, and was a complete re-imagining of Conan's life.
The plot of Conan the Barbarian (1982) begins with Conan being enslaved by the Vanir raiders of Thulsa Doom, a malevolent warlord who is responsible for the slaying of Conan's parents and the genocide of his people. Later, Thulsa Doom becomes a cult leader of a shamanist religion that worships Set, a Snake God. The vengeful Conan, the archer Subotai and the thief Valeria set out on a quest to rescue a princess held captive by Thulsa Doom. The film was directed by John Milius and produced by Dino De Laurentiis. The character of Conan was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and was his break-through role as an actor.
This film was followed by a less popular sequel, Conan the Destroyer in 1984. This sequel was a more typical fantasy-genre film and was even less faithful to Howard's Conan stories. There were rumours in the late 1990s of a second Conan sequel, King Conan: Crown of Iron, but Schwarzenegger's election in 2003 as governor of California ended this project. The script was made into the film Kull the Conquerer, which involved Howard's character Kull but followed the storyline of the Conan story "The Hour of the Dragon."
The film rights to Conan were acquired by Millennium Films in August 2007. Millennium plans to complete production on a new Conan movie in 2011, with the movie intended to be more faithful to Howard's original works than the earlier movies. Actor Jason Momoa, starring in the Stargate: Atlantis television series, was selected for the role of Conan.
Conan: The Adventurer was a television series loosely based on Conan. The TV show premiered on September 22, 1997, and ran for 22 episodes. This live-action series starred German bodybuilder Ralf Moeller as Conan and Danny Woodburn as his sidekick Otli. The storyline was quite different from the Conan lore of Robert E. Howard. In this adaptation, Conan is a pleasant and jovial person. Also in this version, Conan is not a loner but one member in a merry band of adventurers.
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