Friday, May 20, 2011


John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson and Dean White labored on this killer recreation of Conan The Barbarian #1, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010 just as did The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. This version was limited to 500 hardcover copies with all the proceeds going to The Hero Initiative.

Here's what I had to say at the time about the effort to make this one a reality:

“This was truly a collaborative effort. Mark Huesman, the Guide's Creative Director, suggested the idea of a recreation of Conan The Barbarian #1 for the cover, since that landmark issue is also celebrating its 40th anniversary. Jim McLauchlin and the Hero Initiative secured the services of John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson, and Dean White to provide the fantastic art.

Since John is exclusive with Marvel, Jim also got Marvel’s permission for him to do the project.

Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson arranged the permission to do the cover with the folks at Conan Properties International, LLC. Angelo Messina at WorldColor [now Quad Graphics] arranged for his company to donate the plate change and the limited edition portion of our print run. If any one of these things hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t have been able to do this project in this way.”

And of course none of it would have happened without Steve Geppi giving it the go-ahead or Bob Overstreet starting the Guide 40 years earlier!

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