I could tell you a story about discovering Conan's exploits in an old copy of Weird Tales that I happened to come across at a young age. I could weave you a tale about going out in search of more of his fantastic adventures, devouring each and every one I discovered with increasing vigour. I could explain how, Howard's writings finished, I looked elsewhere for my Conan fix, watching the movies, reading the comics, and finding whatever else I could get my hands on.
I could tell you all this and more, but it wouldn't be true.
The fact of the matter is that I don't really know Conan all that well. I vaguely remember catching part of Conan the Destroyer on TV once upon a time, but beyond an image of Arnold clocking a camel, I don't remember all that much.
No, my interest in Cimmeria's prodigal son is far more recent. It's only with Brian Wood's impressive work in the pages of Dark Horse's Conan the Barbarian last year that I started to develop an affection for the character.
So while I've been following that adaptation faithfully, I know there's a lot more Conan out there for me to discovery. Thanks to Wood and company's fantastic comics, it's a journey I look forward to starting, but I'm just as eager to play in Conan's world for a bit.
By Crom, I hope you'll join me on this little adventure.