COLLECTING: CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1970) 116-149, CONAN THE BARBARIAN ANNUAL (1973) 6-9, CONAN OF THE ISLES (1988), WHAT IF? (1977) 39
Conan the Barbarian enters a new creative phase as J.M. DeMatteis ("Kraven's Last Stand") debuts as series writer. He will take Conan to the magical city in the clouds, Mreead-Zza; return fan-favorites Jenna and Murilo to the supporting cast; and team with John Buscema on a set of stories pitting Conan against Eilaynia, Princess of Mist. Then, Marvel legend Gil Kane takes the artistic reins for an extended run featuring "The Creation Quest" saga, while writer Bruce Jones (Incredible Hulk) mixes a blend of humor and horror. Plus: A story illustrated by titans John Buscema and Neal Adams, a pair of Annuals by Roy Thomas and Thomas and Buscema's Conan of the Isles graphic novel, reprinted for the fi rst time!