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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (July 4 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593075472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593075477
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 1.3 x 25.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
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You owe it to yourself to read the Busiek/Nord run on Conan...breathtaking art, wonderful retelling of the original Howard tales. You feel like you're there with Conan in the City of Thieves...
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa4c21f48) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
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HASH(0xa5923e10) out of 5 stars Superior to "The Chronicles..." Buy it! June 14 2007
By Victor R. Casados - Published on
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I have the first 3 in this series:
The Frost Giant's Daughter And Other Stories, The God In The Bowl And Other Stories and The Tower Of The Elephant And Other Stories.

I find the artwork to be superior to the "Chronicals of Conan", and there is always at least one original Howard tale included in these books. The "Other Stories" stand up very well to the Howard adventures. They are very much in the same spirit and style, and are fitting tributes.
So far all have been extremely enjoyable, and I plan to purchase the rest of them.
I only buy what I like (as opposed to collecting for its own sake), and I like this!!

Great for new readers and old Conan fans alike!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4bb32ac) out of 5 stars Busiek and Nord do it again! Oct. 20 2008
By Parker - Published on
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The Tower of the Elephant continues the great tradition of Dark Horse's Conan relaunch which began in the last two volumes.
In this volume, Conan hits his stride as a professional thief and we are treated to three prequel chapters setting up the "Tower of the Elephant" short story from Conan creator Robert E. Howard, a story which solidifies Conan's reputation in criminal circles.
Minor flaws for this book are a dip in quality in the first part of Tower (chapter 4) where Cary obviously is falling behind and sketches his way through about 12 pages worth of story, and although it is always nice to see Mike Kaluta draw something, I would much prefer to see Mr. Nord draw the flashback sequence himself.
Still a fine book and worth your time.
HASH(0xa4bb39e4) out of 5 stars Conan as he was meant to be presented--Howard would be proud April 20 2013
By J. Binkerd - Published on
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"Know, O Prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of 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 Earth under his sandaled feet...."

Thus the world was introduced to Conan back in the days when his stories were first appearing in the pulp magazines, and so too are we introduced to the character in Dark Horse's ongoing comic series. The idea with Dark Horse's series was to throw out all Conan material that did not come from Robert E. Howard (the original author), leaving just the original stories. These stories would then be set in chronological order and tied together by new material, forging a unified narrative that would be faithful in spirit and in detail to Howard's saga. The art is rough but well suited to the world of Conan. I especially like that the narration is all carried out in a font reminiscent of the typewriter on which Howard would have set down his Conan adventures.

When we last left Conan he had seen Kalanthes safely home and been rewarded with a large amount of gold before hooking up with a merchant and his lady friends heading for new and interesting parts of civilization. Needless to say, they took off with his money...and needless to say, Conan is not okay with that. In attempting to track them down, Conan finds himself camping alone at night on a hill the locals warn him is cursed. Judging these soft, civilized beings to be wimps and cowards, Conan disregards their advice. He'll soon wish he hadn't....After his adventure on Uskath Hill, Conan decides he does not know enough about civilization, so he resolves to start learning from the bottom up--starting with the least civilized city he can find: Zamora's infamous City Of Thieves. On the whole this was an enjoyable book, and it includes at the end their adaptation of the orginal Howard story The Tower Of The Elephant. This is one of my favorite Conan stories, as it was the first I ever read. I am a huge fan of this ongoing series, and hope it continues well into the future!

This isn't a kid's comic, folks! This series sets out to be faithful to the orginal Conan stories, and that means you're in for a violent, bawdry time! Conan hews more than a few people with his mighty blade, and there is the resultant flow of blood you would expect. Conan also loves the ladies. There is sexual innuendo, including implied prostitution. There is also a fair degree of scantily clad women, and in this volume even a little nudity in the background. This really shouldn't surprise anyone familiar with Conan in any of the media he has been presented in. I understand they allow greater degrees of this sort of thing later in the series, once they have established that this is a comic for adults. Language isn't as much of an issue, since that really wasn't something you could do in the pulps where Conan was originally published and they are doing their best to match that tone.
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Wow! Not unlike the two previous volumes, this new Conan series is a real treasure of art. Cary Nord's rich fluid line work gracefully captures this long running characters world with otherworldly visuals where he really creates a haunting & beautiful new dark age. Cary Nord along with comic scribe Kurt Busiek further extend The Conan universe once devised by graphic fiction architects like Frank Frazetta, Roy Thomas, John Buscema, & Barry Windsor Smith. Kurt Busiek does an outstanding job in adapting Robert E. Howard's stories for the comic book format & thankfully Darkhorse has taken the reigns on this series with serious precision, & so far it doesn't let down. Conan's a real winner in terms of smart & intriguing storytelling with equally stunning art thus proving to be the perfect alternative to the numerous Marvel & DC titles out there every month (or week). Great stuff within these pages.
HASH(0xa4bb3348) out of 5 stars Thrilling adaptation of Robert E. Howard's original Conan stories Oct. 22 2013
By Axton Blessendon, Jr. - Published on
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"Conan Vol. 3: The Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories"
Written by Robert E. Howard, Adapted by Kurt Busiek
Illustrated by Cary Nord & Michael William Kaluta
(Dark Horse, 2006)
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This third volume in Dark Horse's full-color Conan series is an exquisite adaptation of Robert E. Howard's original work, with crisp, tight scripting and painterly artwork that's like having an entire graphic novel produced by Kelly Freas or Boris, the guys who did all those classic paperback covers back in the '60s and '70s. The slightly embarrassing Conan-in-a-loincloth beefcake taps into the Tom Of Finland homoerotic core of the Cimmerian ethos, but that's okay, since the books in general bring the pure, violent Id of Conan to the fore, and ring more true than any other Conan adaptations seen yet in any medium. Highly recommended! (Axton)