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Conan the Barbarian #14
"A Sword Called Stormbringer" is written by Roy Thomas and Michael Moorcock with art by Barry Smith and Sal Buscema. Guest-starring Elric of Melnibone.
Prepare for a rich pageantry of colors and tales of sorcerous otherworldly cities and their witch-queens. The tales of Conan are not generally known for being thick with magic. Sure, the Cimmerian will usually face one creature per issue whose power is rooted in the arcane. However, Conan's faith and strength has always been in human sinew and skill. But in this issue and the next, Conan the Barbarian crosses over with Elric of Melnibone who is about as supernatural a swordsman as you can ask for.
This marks the first comic book appearance of Elric who starred in Michael Moorcock's watershed series of fantasy books. And in true Marvel fashion, the two heroes initially start taking shots at each other before realizing the true enemy is elsewhere. It's not that surprising. No two heroes were ever this different. Conan, the red-skinned muscular ex-slave who distrusts magic teaming with Elric, the albino, weak-blooded magician-king who uses potions and his eldritch sword Stormbringer to give him strength.
What a treat it must have been for Roy Thomas to script this heretofore untold tale of Elric and to draw upon the still-burgeoning talent of Barry Windsor Smith to illustrate it. Smith's miasmatic pens and striking imagery is solidified by the strong and clean inks of Sal Buscema. Especially delightful here are Smith's scenes of the rolling plains of Hyborea and his flawless capturing of the weirdling anti-hero Elric. Fantasy fans will be hard-pressed to find better fare.