Friday, 18 January 2013

INCIDENT IN ARGOS! (NO, NOT THE SHOP WITH THE SMALL BLUE PENS)...

 
 
You may remember me telling you about my pal JOE (if he had a
'Y' after the 'E' we'd have a movie title there, but then he'd be named
after a budgie), to whom I used to give loads of comics whenever I was
making space for new ones. Occasionally, I would regret parting with the
odd comic or two (usually when I was rereading them in his house) and ask
if he would mind terribly much relinquishing them back into my possession.
I know what you're thinking - Indian-giver! (Is that racist?) However, it
only ever applied to a handful of comics in total, so he came out well
ahead in the long-run.

 
One such comic was CONAN THE BARBARIAN #57 - "INCIDENT
IN ARGOS!" There was just something about that wonderful MIKE
PLOOG splash page that so evocatively conjured up the smell of the sea,
the heat of the sun, the hustle and bustle of the busy port of Argos - sang to
me, in fact, and practically transported me to that enchanted time between
the sinking of ATLANTIS and the dawn of recorded history that is the
legendary HYBORIAN AGE.

 
I've still got that very same issue from 1975 and it still resonates
with me in the exact same way even after all these years. Being the kind
and generous sort of person I am, I thought I'd share a few pages with you
here. If you're smart, you'll get straight onto eBay and try and track down
a copy of this classic issue for yourself. Just look at that splash page again.
I swear I can almost hear the cry of the gulls swirling in the sky overhead,
calling to me not only across the years from the '70s, but also from
centuries ago when the tale is supposed to have first taken place.

 
Go on - grab yourself a copy as soon as you can! And just so you
know exactly what you're looking for, below is a picture of the cover
in question - by GIL KANE, no less!

  

4 comments:

Dougie said...

Tara the hoyden acrobat, in her jester outfit, is one of my favourite members of Conan's supporting cast. But then she was shuffled offstage with her colourless soldier boyfriend to make way for years of the self-obsessed, amoral Belit.

Kid said...

Funnily enough, Tara was the name of our first German Shepherd. (Zara was her successor.) However, I don't recall that character, Dougie - although I do remember Belit. I'll have to replace some of my Buscema colour Conan comics - they were pretty nifty.

DeadSpiderEye said...

Got my copy after I read this, it's a bit yellower than yours though and the print quality is a bit smudgy in comparison. It's got a US price label, I don't know if that means it was the tail end of a longer run or something. Still a great comic though, thanks for the tip.

Kid said...

Glad you liked it, Spider. My copy might not be that much better than yours, quality-wise. I give the images a boost when I post them.

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Dougie, when I published the post, I hadn't read the issue in some time. I re-read it just after replying to your comment and noticed that the Tara you mention is in the tale. I remember her now.