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Conan. Conan was created by Robert E. Howard (Pike Bearfield, El Borak, Steve Costigan, De Montour, Breckenridge Elkins, Steve Harrison, Solomon Kane, Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Turlogh O’Brien, Kirby O’Donnell) and appeared in seventeen short stories from 1932 to 1936, beginning with “The Phoenix on the Sword” (Weird Tales, Dec. 1932).
Conan was one of the most influential characters in 20th century popular fiction and virtually created the genre of sword-and-sorcery. Millennia ago, in the Hyborian Age, after the fall of Atlantis, Conan is a barbarian (and later king) from the land of Cimmeria, which now lies beneath the North Sea. Conan is “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 sandalled feet."
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