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Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword Vol. 2

Collecting my first Conan story!

This edition reprints Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword #5-8 , including my own first Conan work, "Sargasso of Sand," from Savage Sword #6.

Savage Sword of Conan was one of the longest running magazine-format comics in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s — and in addition to reprinting many of those stories, Dark Horse launched the Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword title to showcase not just Conan, but all of Howard's varied creations.

When given the chance to contribute a short story to the magazine, however, I went straight for Conan, the character I was most familar with. "Sargasso of Sand" finds Conan dying in the desert, and happening upon a madman trying to rig a ship. Conan discovers mystical forces are at play, but not before he gets to use his savage sword on a group of attackers.

It's a bit of a challenge getting an action story into eight pages, but I think it worked. It was a fun change of pace; every so often, you need to go beyond the genres people associate you with.


  • The artist on the story, Philip Tan, was the artist on "The Deep End," my 2004 Iron Man story arc. This was the first time we had worked together in nearly a decade. We had never met before, but we finally did after this story was completed.

  • The cover is the cover from issue #5.

This book is available from Amazon.

The book is also available digitally from Dark Horse Digital.

Be sure to also check my shop for the availability of signed editions.

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