The Official Handbook of the Conan Universe

Today I’m taking a look at The Official Handbook of the Conan Universe.

conanuniverse1Always on the lookout for bargain comic book bins, I found this book at a local flea market for only 60 cents!

Published by Marvel in January of 1986, this book has encyclopedic entries covering the previous 15 years of Marvel’s Conan books. Topics range from entries on individual characters, to regions, weapons and armor, and religion. It even has a map in the center pages.

As alway Marvel does well in the art department when dealing with Conan. Art by John Buscema, Ernie Chan, Geoff Isherwood (among others) illustrate the content. A gorgeous piece of art wraps around the cover by the great Mike Kaluta.

I love the Official Handbooks of the Marvel Universe(OHOTMU) and this echoes those books in form and function. There’s lots of good info here for those interested.

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