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KONAN – ROĐEN NA BOJNOM POLJU

po likovima Roberta Ervina Hauarda

DARKWOOD, 2018.

Glavni urednik:

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ROĐEN NA BOJNOM POLJU Writer KURT BUSIEK Scenario Artist KURT GREG BJUSIK RUTH Letters RICHARD

ROĐEN NA BOJNOM POLJU

Writer KURT BUSIEK

Scenario Artist KURT GREG BJUSIK RUTH Letters RICHARD STARKINGS and COMICRAFT’S ALBERT Crtež DESCHESNE GREG RUT

Creator of Conan Robert E. Howard

Based on the work and letters of Conan creator Robert E. Howard

„LEGENDA”

Scenario KURT BJUSIK

Crtež KERI NORD

Kolor DEJV STJUART

Unos teksta RIČARD STARKINGS (COMICRAFT)

Zasnovano na delima i pismima Roberta E. Hauarda, tvorca Konana.

ROĐENDAN NA BOJNOM POLJU

ROĐENDAN NA BOJNOM POLJU eka dela su večna. Bez obzira na me - It’s probably considered

eka dela su večna. Bez obzira na me-

It’s probably considered heresy of some kind to most

Conan fans, but the Busiek/Nord and Busiek/Ruth Conan

dij kome pripadaju, svima njima je

comics are my all-time favorite Conan product (books,

zajedničko to što poseduju trajni kva-

movies, comics, video games, etc.) ever made. And yes,

litet koji ih čini relevantnim i otpor-

that does include the original Robert E. Howard stories,

nim na zub vremena. Njihovo se istrajavanje

even. Because some pop culture just hits you at the right

slavi i obeležava raznim godišnjicama i jubi-

time in your life and it informs how you view it from then

on, and for me, Conan will always be best in comics form.

lejima, te bismo želeli da čitaocima skrenemo

pažnju upravo na jedan takav jubilej. Naime,

My rst exposure to Conan was a few random issues of

Konan je krajem prošle godine proslavio svoj

the Marvel series, by Roy Thomas and John Buscema,

way back when I was eight or nine years old, and those

led me to seek out the original pulp-era Conan stories that

Howard had written. And when I found those books, of

85. rođendan.

Osamdeset pet godina je izuzetno dug period

course, I found Frank Frazetta’s painted covers. And while

i ne treba smetnuti s uma da je u tom vremen-

I would pore over those covers and read some of the tales

skom okviru svet pretrpeo velike potrese i pro-

in the Howard books, for me Conan was always meant to

mene – od Drugog svetskog rata i oštrih ideo-

be a visual treat. I wanted to see him moving through a

loških sukoba do uspona informatičkog doba.

world that looked like the places Howard described and

Frazetta painted. I wanted to page through it, and not just

Međutim, naš varvarin smrknutog pogleda je

imagine those towers and cities. And so I read the Conan

sve te promene izdržao, a potrese nadjačao. Ako

comics, instead, and occasionally, I snuck a Savage Sword

sklopimo oči, videćemo ga kako stoji na jednom

of Conan magazine into the house, too, when the clerk at

od raskršća svih izmaštanih svetova i već skoro

the 7-11 wasn’t paying attention.

stotinu godina odbija da prepusti mesto nekom

But the thing is, even though I was a fan of those com-

drugom junaku. Poput Gospodara prstenova, Ro-

ics, and even though I loved Barry Windsor-Smith and

bina Huda ili grčkih mitova, on je postao jedan

John Buscema’s art, I always felt that the tone was some-

od trajnih spomenika ljudske mašte.

how softened in the Marvel Comics version. I felt like the

Howard stories were harder and more raw, and although I

understood why the comics weren’t like that, I wished they

Prva priča o Konanu ugledala je svetlost

could be. But I gured they never would be, as interest in

dana u decembru 1932, na stranicama maga-

the character started to die off, and the license to publish

zina Weird Tales. Njen autor bio je Robert E.

his adventures lapsed.

Hauard, maštoviti mladić koji je čitav svoj

kratki život proveo u ruralnom Teksasu i sna-

But then after a long silence, along came Dark Horse’s

new Conan books, and with them, Kurt Busiek and Cary

gom svoje mašte uspeo da u rasponu od svega

Nord. Quite honestly, I wasn’t even interested in a new

desetak godina stvori brojne svetove, pregršt

interpretation of Conan when this series was announced,

but after seeing the early previews of Nord’s art, I changed

zanimljivih junaka i čitav podžanr književne

my tune. Cary Nord, matched with Dave Stewart (one of

fantastike. Nažalost, tragično je stradao od sop-

the best in the business), was going to give us a Conan

stvene ruke u tridesetoj godini života. Taj čin

that looked and felt like those Frazetta covers. And then I

je svet lišio jednog nadarenog pisca, ali njegova

saw how Kurt Busiek was going to approach the material,

dela su odbila da potonu u zaborav.

and I was sold.

This new comic would be a chronological interpretation

Iako se Hauard nije ograničavao na jedan

of the Howard stories, with new tales written to ll the

žanr, niti samo na prozu, ipak će ostati upam-

gaps between them. I spoke to Kurt about this approach

ćen pre svega kao tvorac žanra mača i magije i

once, and he told me he’d gone through all the Howard

Konana, junaka koji je njegov najbolji i najpo-

texts and found any reference to Conan’s unseen history

—the places he’d been, at what age, characters he’d met

znatiji predstavnik. On je uzor prema kome su

and riches he’d stolen—and constructed a huge chronol-

brojni autori pokušali da obrazuju svoje sveto-

ogy that would chart Conan’s entire life.

ve, priče i junake – mišićavi grmalj s mačem

jednoj ruci i oskudno odevenom lepoticom

All of the moves were either dictated by Howard’s stories

u

drugoj, uvek spreman da se upusti u sukob

or by letters he’d written, or by moving Conan across the

u

map of the Hyborean Age to the next place he was known

s nekim čarobnjakom, čudovištem ili čitavim

to have been. It’s a fascinating and methodical way to ap-

vojskama. Ruku na srce, to ne zvuči kao recept

proach adapting a body of work like this. And in his in-

za besmrtno delo, te se možemo zapitati: zbog

terweaving of new material with straight adaptations of

čega Konan istrajava umesto da nestane poput

the original Conan stories, I felt that Busiek had found a

way to capture the spare electricity of Robert E. Howard’s

bezbroj sličnih junaka i imitacija? Kako mu to

voice. These stories felt authentic, and they looked like a

uspeva i šta ga izdvaja?

dream, or maybe sometimes a murky nightmare, but only when they were supposed to.

Prostor nam ne dozvoljava da se ovde potan-

ko pozabavimo odgovorima na ta pitanja, ali

thanks to the growing language and maturation of the

This was the Conan comic I’d always wished for, and

bismo ipak želeli da istaknemo neke značajne

comics art form in America, although they could probably

osobenosti koje su Hauardu i njegovom var-

be enjoyed by little kids, I felt they were aimed at me. At

varskom čedu udahnule besmrtnost. Nadamo

the nostalgic and unashamed side of me that always craves

se da će one poslužiti i kao putokaz svima koji

great pulp comics.

budu poželeli da se u dalje istraživanje otisnu

And then after seven issues of Kurt and Cary, there was a

sami.

break, and we got to meet another artist born to work in

changedIart,Nord’sofpreviewsearlytheseeingafterbut announced,wasseriesthiswhenConanofinterpretation Počnimo od samog

changedIart,Nord’sofpreviewsearlytheseeingafterbut

announced,wasseriesthiswhenConanofinterpretation

Počnimo od samog autora i njegovog auten-

tičnog stila. Robert Hauard je bio crna ovca

of(oneStewartDavewithmatchedNord,Carytune.my

u

svojoj sredini, buntovnik večito nemirnog

Conanausgivetogoingwasbusiness),theinbestthe

duha i katkad nezgodnog temperamenta. Nije

IthenAndcovers.Frazettathoselikefeltandlookedthat

posedovao visoko obrazovanje, niti su mu bile

material,theapproachtogoingwasBusiekKurthowsaw

dostupne dobro opremljene biblioteke. Me-

đutim, zahvaljujući svojoj disciplinovanosti i

sold.wasIand

interpretationchronologicalabewouldcomicnewThis

strasti prema pisanoj reči, uspeo je da prevaziđe

thelltowrittentalesnewwithstories,Howardtheof

sve te prepreke. On nije bio autor koji se svim

approachthisaboutKurttospokeIthem.betweengaps

snagama zalagao za lepo i uzvišeno u umetno-

Howardtheallthroughgonehe’dmetoldheandonce,

sti. Naprotiv, bio je spreman na kompromise i

historyunseenConan’storeferenceanyfoundandtexts

methe’dcharactersage,whatatbeen,he’dplaces—the

voljan da se povinuje zahtevima tržišta. Pisao

chronol-hugeaconstructedstolen—andhe’drichesand

je

ci i morao je sebi da obezbedi egzistenciju. Pa

za vreme velike ekonomske krize u Ameri-

life.entireConan’schartwouldthatogy

ipak, sirova snaga njegovog talenta uspela je da

theacrossConanmovingbyorwritten,he’dlettersbyor

storiesHoward’sbydictatedeitherweremovestheofAll

se iskaže čak i u takvim okolnostima. Hauard

knownwasheplacenextthetoAgeHyboreantheofmap

je gajio neposredan i žustar stil – nije voleo da

ap-towaymethodicalandfascinatingaIt’sbeen.haveto

troši vreme na preduge opise, priče se odvijaju

in-hisinAndthis.likeworkofbodyaadaptingproach

vratolomnom brzinom, akcija je žestoka i s nje-

ofadaptationsstraightwithmaterialnewofterweaving

govih stranica prosto iskaču varnice.

afoundhadBusiekthatfeltIstories,Conanoriginalthe

alikelookedtheyandauthentic,feltstoriesThesevoice.

Howard’sE.Robertofelectricitysparethecapturetoway

U jednom pismu Hauard svedoči da je pri-

onlybutnightmare,murkyasometimesmaybeordream,

povetke o Konanu pisao u takvom zanosu da je

to.supposedweretheywhen

imao utisak kako ništa ne stvara, već samo beleži

događaje koji su se zbili. Ne čudi onda što njegove

andfor,wishedalwaysI’dcomicConanthewasThis

theofmaturationandlanguagegrowingthetothanks

priče poseduju izvesnu neposrednost koja često

probablycouldtheyalthoughAmerica,informartcomics

stvara utisak da nije reč o delu prekaljenog pisca,

Atme.ataimedweretheyfeltIkids,littlebyenjoyedbe

već elokventnog pripovedača koga širom otvo-

cravesalwaysthatmeofsideunashamedandnostalgicthe

renih očiju slušate u noći, pored logorske vatre.

comics.pulpgreat

Prosto rečeno – u okvirima žanra koji je iskovao,

awasthereCary,andKurtofissuessevenafterthenAnd

Hauard je bio i ostao najumešniji pripovedač.

inworktobornartistanothermeettogotweandbreak,

ConanBusiek/RuthandBusiek/Nordthebutfans,Conan

mosttokindsomeofheresyconsideredprobablyIt’s

A šta bi pripovedač bez pozornice na koju će

smestiti svoje likove? Tako stižemo do Hibori-

(books,productConanfavoriteall-timemyarecomics

je, izmaštanog sveta u kome Konan živi, voli,

yes,Andmade.everetc.)games,videocomics,movies,

osvaja, ubija i pljačka. Hauard je voleo istoriju

stories,HowardE.Robertoriginaltheincludedoesthat

i najviše od svega je želeo da piše istorijsku fik-

righttheatyouhitsjustculturepopsomeBecauseeven.

ciju, ali ondašnje tržišne prilike to nisu dopu-

thenfromitviewyouhowinformsitandlifeyourintime

form.comicsinbestbealwayswillConanme,forandon,

štale. Međutim, svoju nesumnjivu strast prema

istoriji uspešno je iskoristio u stvaranju Hibo-

ofissuesrandomfewawasConantoexposurerstMy

rije, njenih junaka i mitologije.

thoseandold,yearsnineoreightwasIwhenbackway

Buscema,JohnandThomasRoybyseries,Marvelthe

U svom pristupu mitotvorstvu odabrao je za-

thatstoriesConanera-pulporiginaltheoutseektomeled

ofbooks,thosefoundIwhenAndwritten.hadHoward

nimljiv postupak – nije izmaštao potpuno novi

whileAndcovers.paintedrazetta’sFrankFfoundIcourse,

svet, već je sačinio kolaž od mnogih istorijskih

talestheofsomereadandcoversthoseoverporewouldI

i mitskih civilizacija iz različitih epoha, koje

tomeantalwayswasConanmeforbooks,Howardthein

skladno funkcionišu u okvirima zajedničkog

anddescribedHowardplacesthelikelookedthatworld

athroughmovinghimseetowantedItreat.visualabe

sveta. Pozajmljivao je motive iz Biblije, irskih le-

justnotandit,throughpagetowantedIpainted.razettaF

gendi, nordijske mitologije, a nije mu bilo stra-

ConanthereadIsoAndcities.andtowersthoseimagine

no ni da Hiboriji doda mitske kontinente poput

SwordSavageasnuckIoccasionally,andinstead,comics,

Lemurije i Atlantide. Te

atclerkthewhentoo,house,theintomagazineConanof

pozajmice mu nisu

služile samo kao inspiracija, već se na njihovu

prepoznatljivost i nasleđe snažno oslanjao. Po-

attention.paying’twasn7-11the

com-thoseoffanawasIthoughevenis,thingtheBut

nekad bi im promenio ime (ili koristio arhaične

andindsor-SmithWBarrylovedIthoughevenandics,

oblike) tek toliko da ne budu istovetni sa svojim

-somewastonethethatfeltalwaysIart,Buscema’sJohn

istorijskim pandanima, ali da im ostanu dovolj-

no bliski da njihova asocijativnost ne promakne

thelikefeltIversion.ComicsMarveltheinsoftenedhow

Ialthoughandraw,moreandharderwerestoriesHoward

theywishedIthat,likeweren’tcomicsthewhyunderstood

čitaocima. Primera radi, na šta vas podsećaju Av-

ininterestasbe,wouldnevertheyguredIButbe.could

gulistan ili Vendija? Tako je, u pravu ste. Dovoljna

publishtolicensetheandoff,dietostartedcharacterthe

je samo jedna reč da u vašem umu pobudi čitav

lapsed.adventureshis

niz slika, te sada imate dobru pretpostavku o ka-

kvim je zemljama reč. Takav postupak se idealno

Horse’sDarkcamealongsilence,longaafterthenBut

CaryandBusiekKurtthem,withandbooks,Conannew

uklapa u Hauardov stil, jer asocijativnost otkla-

newaininterestedevenwasn’tIhonestly,QuiteNord.

nja potrebu za dugim deskriptivnim pasažima i It’s probably considered heresy of some kind to

nja potrebu za dugim deskriptivnim pasažima i

It’s probably considered heresy of some kind to most

omogućava da se zaplet odvija munjevito. Čuve-

Conan fans, but the Busiek/Nord and Busiek/Ruth Conan

comics are my all-time favorite Conan product (books,

ni Hauardov savremenik, obožavalac i čovek s

movies, comics, video games, etc.) ever made. And yes,

kojim je vodio prepisku, H. F. Lavkraft, kritiko-

that does include the original Robert E. Howard stories,

vao je taj postupak, smatrajući da takva imena u

even. Because some pop culture just hits you at the right

modernom čoveku bude drugačiji skup asocija-

time in your life and it informs how you view it from then

cija. Nije razumeo da Hauard ne želi da izgradi

svet odvojen od našeg, već pokušava da napiše

on, and for me, Conan will always be best in comics form.

My rst exposure to Conan was a few random issues of

istorijsku fikciju o „dobu nesanjanom” koje je

the Marvel series, by Roy Thomas and John Buscema,

čovečanstvo zaboravilo, ali koje pripada njego-

way back when I was eight or nine years old, and those

voj dalekoj prošlosti i kolektivnom nesvesnom.

led me to seek out the original pulp-era Conan stories that

Howard had written. And when I found those books, of

Na taj način je Hiborija postala izuzetno raskoš-

course, I found Frank Frazetta’s painted covers. And while

na, a u njoj se svi čitaoci mogu lako orijentisati

I would pore over those covers and read some of the tales

i, zahvaljujući svojoj mašti, dograđivati svet čije

in the Howard books, for me Conan was always meant to

je temelje autor već postavio. To je udoban svet

be a visual treat. I wanted to see him moving through a

koji ne želi da nam skrene pažnju s onog što je

world that looked like the places Howard described and

Frazetta painted. I wanted to page through it, and not just

bitno – a to je njegov glavni junak.

imagine those towers and cities. And so I read the Conan

comics, instead, and occasionally, I snuck a Savage Sword

Kao što je Hiborija uspešan proizvod sači-

of Conan magazine into the house, too, when the clerk at

njen od naizgled nespojivih sastojaka, tako i

the 7-11 wasn’t paying attention.

Konana krasi pregršt različitih osobina i tale-

But the thing is, even though I was a fan of those com-

nata. On je bio varvarin, lopov, ratnik, gusar,

ics, and even though I loved Barry Windsor-Smith and

razbojnički vođa, osvajač i kralj. Hauard je na

John Buscema’s art, I always felt that the tone was some-

taj način sebi obezbedio čitavu lepezu ambije-

how softened in the Marvel Comics version. I felt like the

nata i pustolovina u koje je mogao da smesti

Howard stories were harder and more raw, and although I

svog junaka i istovremeno stekne naklonost

understood why the comics weren’t like that, I wished they

could be. But I gured they never would be, as interest in

šire čitalačke publike.

the character started to die off, and the license to publish

his adventures lapsed.

Opis arhetipskog protagoniste žanra mača i

magije iz jednog od prethodnih pasusa samo je

But then after a long silence, along came Dark Horse’s

površinski sloj osobina koje krase i najpoznatijeg

new Conan books, and with them, Kurt Busiek and Cary

Nord. Quite honestly, I wasn’t even interested in a new

varvarina. Međutim, on nije obični rmpalija koji

interpretation of Conan when this series was announced,

silom rešava sve životne nedaće, već je umnogo-

but after seeing the early previews of Nord’s art, I changed

my tune. Cary Nord, matched with Dave Stewart (one of

me odraz svog autora. Ispod gomile mišića nalazi

the best in the business), was going to give us a Conan

se usijano jezgro iskovano od Hauardovih život-

that looked and felt like those Frazetta covers. And then I

nih uverenja i stavova. Njemu su veoma bliske

saw how Kurt Busiek was going to approach the material,

bile egzistencijalističke vrednosti, poput značaja

koji se pridaje čoveku kao pojedincu i njegovoj

and I was sold.

This new comic would be a chronological interpretation

slobodi. Ali pre svega, tu je ključna tema varvar-

of the Howard stories, with new tales written to ll the

stva suprotstavljenog dekadentnoj civilizaciji.

gaps between them. I spoke to Kurt about this approach

Hauard tvrdi:

once, and he told me he’d gone through all the Howard

Varvarstvo je čovekovo prirodno sta-

nje. Civilizacija je neprirodna. Ona je puki hir okol-

texts and found any reference to Conan’s unseen history

—the places he’d been, at what age, characters he’d met

nosti i varvarstvo na kraju uvek mora da prevlada.

and riches he’d stolen—and constructed a huge chronol-

Međutim, Hauard kaže i sledeće: Ne idealizujem

varvarstvo. Po meni je to jedno tmurno, krvoločno i

divljačko stanje, lišeno ljubavi. Odbojan mi je prikaz

ogy that would chart Conan’s entire life.

All of the moves were either dictated by Howard’s stories

varvarina bilo koje vrste koji se ponaša poput uva-

or by letters he’d written, or by moving Conan across the

map of the Hyborean Age to the next place he was known

ženog, božanskog izdanka majke prirode, obdarenog

to have been. It’s a fascinating and methodical way to ap-

mudrošću i rečitošću. Dakle, on se nije zalagao za

proach adapting a body of work like this. And in his in-

varvarstvo, već ga je prosto doživljavao kao ne-

terweaving of new material with straight adaptations of

minovnost i čovekovo prirodno stanje.

the original Conan stories, I felt that Busiek had found a

way to capture the spare electricity of Robert E. Howard’s

voice. These stories felt authentic, and they looked like a

Konan jeste varvarin iz ruralne zabiti, ali nje-

dream, or maybe sometimes a murky nightmare, but only

gova najdublja moralna načela neretko su uzvi-

when they were supposed to.

šenija od onih kojima se diče pripadnici takozva-

nih civilizovanih društava u Hiboriji. Uređenost

This was the Conan comic I’d always wished for, and

i uglađenost takvih društava samo su maska koja

thanks to the growing language and maturation of the

comics art form in America, although they could probably

služi da prikrije njihovu moralnu trulež i lice-

be enjoyed by little kids, I felt they were aimed at me. At

merje. Ali u sudaru s Konanom te maske uvek

the nostalgic and unashamed side of me that always craves

spadnu. On je sila od koje dekadentna civilizaci-

great pulp comics.

ja ne može da se odbrani. Hauard između osta-

log poručuje: Civilizovani ljudi su neuglađeniji od

And then after seven issues of Kurt and Cary, there was a

break, and we got to meet another artist born to work in

divljaka jer su svesni da ne moraju strahovati da će announced,wasseriesthiswhenConanofinterpretation im neko razbiti

divljaka jer su svesni da ne moraju strahovati da će

announced,wasseriesthiswhenConanofinterpretation

im neko razbiti glavu zbog njihove nepristojnosti. Ta

changedIart,Nord’sofpreviewsearlytheseeingafterbut

of(oneStewartDavewithmatchedNord,Carytune.my

poruka snažno odjekuje i u ovom dobu.

IthenAndcovers.Frazettathoselikefeltandlookedthat

Conanausgivetogoingwasbusiness),theinbestthe

Brojne teme mračnijeg tona ne obeležavaju

material,theapproachtogoingwasBusiekKurthowsaw

samo naslovnog junaka, već i ustrojstvo njego-

vog sveta. Epsko junaštvo je u Hiboriji ništavno

sold.wasIand

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ra ovog štiva. Taj mračniji ton nije prisutan u

mosttokindsomeofheresyconsideredprobablyIt’s

svim pričama, ali jeste u onim najboljim. Hau-

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se priče njima prošaraju kako bi se izdvojile iz

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ve neprolazno delo. Većini to nije uspelo. Hau-

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ardu jeste, između ostalog zahvaljujući njego-

thoseandold,yearsnineoreightwasIwhenbackway

vom autentičnom i uzbudljivom spisateljskom

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poznat i jezivo tajanstven, i junaku koji nije

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puko oruđe zapleta, već višedimenzionalni lik

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publishtolicensetheandoff,dietostartedcharacterthe

viti mu i poželeti još mnogo uspeha. Večni život

lapsed.adventureshis

je već obezbedio – kako sebi, tako i svom tvorcu.

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It’s probably considered heresy of some kind to most

vo će većini Konanovih obožavala-

Conan fans, but the Busiek/Nord and Busiek/Ruth Conan

ca zvučati kao jeres, ali stripovi koje

comics are my all-time favorite Conan product (books,

je Kurt Bjusik radio s Kerijem Nor-

movies, comics, video games, etc.) ever made. And yes,

dom i Gregom Rutom moji su najo-

that does include the original Robert E. Howard stories,

miljeniji konanovski proizvodi. Da, tu ubra-

even. Because some pop culture just hits you at the right

jam knjige, filmove, stripove, video-igre i sve

time in your life and it informs how you view it from then

on, and for me, Conan will always be best in comics form.

ostalo, pa čak i izvorne priče Roberta E. Hau-

arda. Ponekad se s nekim proizvodom pop-

My rst exposure to Conan was a few random issues of

-kulture sretnete u pravom trenutku u životu i

the Marvel series, by Roy Thomas and John Buscema,

to oblikuje način na koji ga nadalje posmatra-

way back when I was eight or nine years old, and those

te, a meni će Konan uvek biti najbolji u formi

led me to seek out the original pulp-era Conan stories that

Howard had written. And when I found those books, of

stripa.

course, I found Frank Frazetta’s painted covers. And while I would pore over those covers and read some of the tales

S Konanom sam se prvi put sreo kada mi je

in the Howard books, for me Conan was always meant to

bilo osam ili devet godina. Do ruku mi je došlo

be a visual treat. I wanted to see him moving through a

nekoliko epizoda Marvelovog serijala na kome

world that looked like the places Howard described and

Frazetta painted. I wanted to page through it, and not just

su radili Roj Tomas i Džon Bjusema, i to me je

imagine those towers and cities. And so I read the Conan

podstaklo da potražim Hauardove izvorne palp

comics, instead, and occasionally, I snuck a Savage Sword

priče. Kada sam te knjige pronašao, susreo sam

of Conan magazine into the house, too, when the clerk at

se, naravno, i s naslovnicama koje je naslikao

the 7-11 wasn’t paying attention.

Frazeta. Iako sam te korice podrobno prouča-

But the thing is, even though I was a fan of those com-

vao i neke od priča u Hauardovim knjigama

ics, and even though I loved Barry Windsor-Smith and

pročitao,

Konana sam ipak oduvek doživlja-

John Buscema’s art, I always felt that the tone was some-

vao kao prevashodno vizuelni ugođaj. Želeo

how softened in the Marvel Comics version. I felt like the

da ga vidim kako se kreće kroz svet koji

Howard stories were harder and more raw, and although I

sam

understood why the comics weren’t like that, I wished they

je Hauard izmaštao a Frazeta naslikao. Nisam

could be. But I gured they never would be, as interest in

želeo da sve te kule i gradove zamišljam, već

the character started to die off, and the license to publish

da ih vidim. I tako sam, umesto da čitam pri-

his adventures lapsed.

če, čitao stripove o Konanu, a katkad bih – kad

prodavac u radnji nije dovoljno pazio – u kuću

But then after a long silence, along came Dark Horse’s

new Conan books, and with them, Kurt Busiek and Cary

krišom uneo magazin Savage Sword of Conan.

Nord. Quite honestly, I wasn’t even interested in a new

PREDGOVOR

Međutim, iako sam voleo te stripove i crtač-

interpretation of Conan when this series was announced,

but after seeing the early previews of Nord’s art, I changed

ko

umeće Barija Smita i Džona Bjuseme, uvek

my tune. Cary Nord, matched with Dave Stewart (one of

mi

se činilo da je u Marvelovim stripovima ton

the best in the business), was going to give us a Conan

nekako umekšan. Premda sam razumeo zašto je

that looked and felt like those Frazetta covers. And then I

tako, ipak sam priželjkivao strip koji bi bio slič-

saw how Kurt Busiek was going to approach the material,

niji Hauardovim pričama jer sam ih doživljavao

kao sirovije i silovitije. Ali pretpostavljao sam

and I was sold.

This new comic would be a chronological interpretation

da se to nikada neće obistiniti, jer je interesova-

of the Howard stories, with new tales written to ll the

nje za Konana slabilo, a licenca za objavljivanje

gaps between them. I spoke to Kurt about this approach

njegovih pustolovina u stripu bila je istekla.

A

once, and he told me he’d gone through all the Howard

texts and found any reference to Conan’s unseen history

—the places he’d been, at what age, characters he’d met

onda su se, posle dugog zatišja, pojavili

and riches he’d stolen—and constructed a huge chronol-

novi stripovi o Konanu, u izdanju kuće Dark

ogy that would chart Conan’s entire life.

Horse, a s njima su na scenu stupili Kurt Bju-

i Keri Nord. Priznajem da uopšte nisam bio

sik

All of the moves were either dictated by Howard’s stories

zainteresovan za novu verziju Konana kada je

or by letters he’d written, or by moving Conan across the

map of the Hyborean Age to the next place he was known

taj serijal najavljen, ali sam se predomislio kad

to have been. It’s a fascinating and methodical way to ap-

sam video prve promotivne odlomke s Nordo-

proach adapting a body of work like this. And in his in-

vim crtežima. On će nam, zajedno s Dejvom

terweaving of new material with straight adaptations of

Stjuartom (jednim od najboljih u svojoj bran-

the original Conan stories, I felt that Busiek had found a

way to capture the spare electricity of Robert E. Howard’s

ši), podariti Konana koji ostavlja isti utisak kao

voice. These stories felt authentic, and they looked like a

onaj na Frazetinim naslovnicama. Potom sam

dream, or maybe sometimes a murky nightmare, but only

video kako će Kurt Bjusik pristupiti izvornom

when they were supposed to.

materijalu, i to me je potpuno osvojilo.

This was the Conan comic I’d always wished for, and

thanks to the growing language and maturation of the

U tom novom stripu Hauardove priče biće

comics art form in America, although they could probably

obrađene hronološkim redom, a praznine izme-

be enjoyed by little kids, I felt they were aimed at me. At

đu njih popunjene novonapisanim pričama.

the nostalgic and unashamed side of me that always craves

Jednom sam razgovarao s Kurtom

o tom pri-

stupu. Rekao mi je da je pročitao sve Hauard-

great pulp comics.

And then after seven issues of Kurt and Cary, there was a

ove tekstove i pronašao svaku referencu na

break, and we got to meet another artist born to work in

Konanove neobrađene pustolovine – mesta na announced,wasseriesthiswhenConanofinterpretation

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kojima je bio i u kojoj životnoj dobi, ljude koje

of(oneStewartDavewithmatchedNord,Carytune.my

je upoznao i blaga koja je poharao – i da je od

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toga sačinio ogromnu hronološku pripovest

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material,theapproachtogoingwasBusiekKurthowsaw

koja pokriva čitav Konanov život.

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na Hauardovim pričama i pismima, a ako oni

thelltowrittentalesnewwithstories,Howardtheof

nisu pružali dovoljno podataka, Konan bi bio

approachthisaboutKurttospokeIthem.betweengaps

usmeravan preko mape hiborijanskog doba do

Howardtheallthroughgonehe’dmetoldheandonce,

sledećeg mesta za koje se zna da ga je posetio.

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methe’dcharactersage,whatatbeen,he’dplaces—the

To je fascinantan i metodičan pristup adaptaciji

chronol-hugeaconstructedstolen—andhe’drichesand

ovakvog materijala. Činilo mi se da je Kurt Bju-

life.entireConan’schartwouldthatogy

sik, preplićući novu građu s adaptacijama već

postojećih priča, uspeo da prenese energični stil

storiesHoward’sbydictatedeitherweremovestheofAll

Roberta E. Hauarda. Te su priče delovale auten-

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Upravo sam takav strip o Konanu

oduvek

želeo, i mada su ga zahvaljujući razvoju strip-

Howard’sE.Robertofelectricitysparethecapturetoway

alikelookedtheyandauthentic,feltstoriesThesevoice.

skog jezika i sazrevanju devete umetnosti u

onlybutnightmare,murkyasometimesmaybeordream,

Americi verovatno mogla čitati i deca, meni se

to.supposedweretheywhen

činilo da je namenjen baš meni. Tačnije, mojoj

nostalgičnoj i besramnoj strani koja uvek žudi

theofmaturationandlanguagegrowingthetothanks

andfor,wishedalwaysI’dcomicConanthewasThis

za odličnim palp stripovima.

Atme.ataimedweretheyfeltIkids,littlebyenjoyedbe

probablycouldtheyalthoughAmerica,informartcomics

A onda je posle Kurtovih i Kerijevih prvih

cravesalwaysthatmeofsideunashamedandnostalgicthe

sedam epizoda usledila pauza, a mi smo dobili

comics.pulpgreat

priliku da se upoznamo s Gregom Rutom, još

awasthereCary,andKurtofissuessevenafterthenAnd

jednim umetnikom kao stvorenim za ovaj žanr,

inworktobornartistanothermeettogotweandbreak,

koji se pridružio Kurtu kako bi ispričali priču

mosttokindsomeofheresyconsideredprobablyIt’s

ConanBusiek/RuthandBusiek/Nordthebutfans,Conan

o Konanovoj mladosti, od njegovog rođenja

(books,productConanfavoriteall-timemyarecomics

do odlaska iz rodne Simerije. Greg Rut je bio

yes,Andmade.everetc.)games,videocomics,movies,

umetnik na koga sam obraćao pažnju i čije sam

stories,HowardE.Robertoriginaltheincludedoesthat

radove viđao s vremena na vreme, tako da mi

righttheatyouhitsjustculturepopsomeBecauseeven.

bilo dvostruko drago kad mu je zapao rad na

je

thenfromitviewyouhowinformsitandlifeyourintime

form.comicsinbestbealwayswillConanme,forandon,

ovom poduhvatu. Knjiga koju držite u ruka-

ma rezultat je tog rada, a epizode koje je čine

ofissuesrandomfewawasConantoexposurerstMy

objavljivane su između dužih priča koje su ra-

Buscema,JohnandThomasRoybyseries,Marvelthe

dili Kurt i Nord i svaka je bila instant klasik.

ofbooks,thosefoundIwhenAndwritten.hadHoward

thatstoriesConanera-pulporiginaltheoutseektomeled

thoseandold,yearsnineoreightwasIwhenbackway

Okrenuvši

se ponovo Hauardu kao izvoru

whileAndcovers.paintedrazetta’sFrankFfoundIcourse,

inspiracije, Bjusik je uspeo da isplete priču koja

talestheofsomereadandcoversthoseoverporewouldI

mi

se čini autentičnom i uzbudljivom. Od boj-

tomeantalwayswasConanmeforbooks,Howardthein

nog polja na kom je Konan rođen, preko teške

athroughmovinghimseetowantedItreat.visualabe

mladosti koju je proveo u svom selu kao opa-

anddescribedHowardplacesthelikelookedthatworld

justnotandit,throughpagetowantedIpainted.razettaF

sno dete i razdoblja kad je bio izgnanik među

ConanthereadIsoAndcities.andtowersthoseimagine

svojim sunarodnicima, pa sve do velike bitke

SwordSavageasnuckIoccasionally,andinstead,comics,

kod Venarijuma – ovo je najbolja priča o Kona-

atclerkthewhentoo,house,theintomagazineConanof

novom poreklu. Hauard je neke od tih važnih

attention.paying’twasn7-11the

trenutaka Konanovog života ovlaš naznačio u

com-thoseoffanawasIthoughevenis,thingtheBut

pismu obožavaocima koji su pokušavali da sači-

andindsor-SmithWBarrylovedIthoughevenandics,

ne

hronološki sled njegovih pustolovina. Kurt

-somewastonethethatfeltalwaysIart,Buscema’sJohn

Bjusik je od svega nekoliko šturih redaka uspeo

thelikefeltIversion.ComicsMarveltheinsoftenedhow

da

toj

theywishedIthat,likeweren’tcomicsthewhyunderstood

Ialthoughandraw,moreandharderwerestoriesHoward

stvori nešto novo i blistavo, a Greg Rut je

zverki udahnuo život. Retko se dešava da se

ininterestasbe,wouldnevertheyguredIButbe.could

ljubitelji stripova obraduju kad se među priče

publishtolicensetheandoff,dietostartedcharacterthe

u

dvojena i često nebitna epizoda, ali upravo je

tako bilo s pričama koje čine ovu knjigu. Kad

njihovom omiljenom serijalu ugura neka iz-

lapsed.adventureshis

Horse’sDarkcamealongsilence,longaafterthenBut

CaryandBusiekKurtthem,withandbooks,Conannew

bi nova epizoda koju su potpisali Bjusik i Rut

newaininterestedevenwasn’tIhonestly,QuiteNord.

stigla na police, mrštenje bi zamenio osmeh, a It’s probably considered heresy of some kind

stigla na police, mrštenje bi zamenio osmeh, a

It’s probably considered heresy of some kind to most

Conan fans, but the Busiek/Nord and Busiek/Ruth Conan

ta epizoda bi bila prva na redu za čitanje.

comics are my all-time favorite Conan product (books, movies, comics, video games, etc.) ever made. And yes,

Ta je priča sada konačno završena i upako-

that does include the original Robert E. Howard stories,

vana u jednu predivnu knjigu. Pre nego što

even. Because some pop culture just hits you at the right

sam napisao ovaj tekst još jednom sam je celu

time in your life and it informs how you view it from then

on, and for me, Conan will always be best in comics form.

pročitao i moram reći da mi se sada još više

dopada. Puna je okrutnosti i ljubavi, gorko-

My rst exposure to Conan was a few random issues of

-slatkih jada i okrutnosti (da, znam da sam dva-

the Marvel series, by Roy Thomas and John Buscema,

put pomenuo okrutnosti), i sve je to tako vešto

way back when I was eight or nine years old, and those

izvedeno da vas drži od početka do kraja, i budi

led me to seek out the original pulp-era Conan stories that

Howard had written. And when I found those books, of

u

vama želju da odmah saznate šta se dalje zbilo.

course, I found Frank Frazetta’s painted covers. And while I would pore over those covers and read some of the tales

A rekao bih da vas to vodi pravo ka prvoj

in the Howard books, for me Conan was always meant to

knjizi serijala Conan izdavačke kuće Dark Horse

be a visual treat. I wanted to see him moving through a

prvoj priči koju potpisuju Bjusik i Nord. Dok

i

world that looked like the places Howard described and

Frazetta painted. I wanted to page through it, and not just

privodim kraju pisanje ovog teksta, hvatam sebe

imagine those towers and cities. And so I read the Conan

kako polako posežem za tim lepim tvrdokoriče-

comics, instead, and occasionally, I snuck a Savage Sword

nim izdanjima na svojoj polici i razmišljam o šo-

of Conan magazine into the house, too, when the clerk at

lji čaja i fotelji kraj kamina. To je svakako odličan

the 7-11 wasn’t paying attention.

način da provedem ostatak dana – ponovo čitaju-

But the thing is, even though I was a fan of those com-

ći sjajnu fantastiku u stripu i uživajući u pričama

ics, and even though I loved Barry Windsor-Smith and

Konanu, baš onakvim kakve sam oduvek želeo.

John Buscema’s art, I always felt that the tone was some-

how softened in the Marvel Comics version. I felt like the

o

Ed Brubejker

Howard stories were harder and more raw, and although I

Badnje veče, 2007.

understood why the comics weren’t like that, I wished they

could be. But I gured they never would be, as interest in the character started to die off, and the license to publish

Ed Brubejker je višestruki dobitnik

his adventures lapsed.

Harvijeve i Ajznerove nagrade za rad na

naslovima kao što su Kriminal, Spavač,

But then after a long silence, along came Dark Horse’s

Kapetan Amerika i Derdevil.

new Conan books, and with them, Kurt Busiek and Cary

Nord. Quite honestly, I wasn’t even interested in a new

interpretation of Conan when this series was announced, but after seeing the early previews of Nord’s art, I changed my tune. Cary Nord, matched with Dave Stewart (one of the best in the business), was going to give us a Conan that looked and felt like those Frazetta covers. And then I saw how Kurt Busiek was going to approach the material, and I was sold.

This new comic would be a chronological interpretation of the Howard stories, with new tales written to ll the gaps between them. I spoke to Kurt about this approach once, and he told me he’d gone through all the Howard texts and found any reference to Conan’s unseen history —the places he’d been, at what age, characters he’d met and riches he’d stolen—and constructed a huge chronol- ogy that would chart Conan’s entire life.

All of the moves were either dictated by Howard’s stories or by letters he’d written, or by moving Conan across the map of the Hyborean Age to the next place he was known to have been. It’s a fascinating and methodical way to ap- proach adapting a body of work like this. And in his in- terweaving of new material with straight adaptations of the original Conan stories, I felt that Busiek had found a way to capture the spare electricity of Robert E. Howard’s voice. These stories felt authentic, and they looked like a dream, or maybe sometimes a murky nightmare, but only when they were supposed to.

This was the Conan comic I’d always wished for, and thanks to the growing language and maturation of the comics art form in America, although they could probably be enjoyed by little kids, I felt they were aimed at me. At the nostalgic and unashamed side of me that always craves great pulp comics.

And then after seven issues of Kurt and Cary, there was a break, and we got to meet another artist born to work in

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KAKVA UŽASNA

ZEMLJA.

NiČEGA OSiM ŠUMA i BLATA, RUŠEViNA i NEKOLiKO ZbiJENiH UDŽERiCA KOJE NAZiVAJU SELOM.

kiŠA, MUVE, VLAGA… TUPi, ODSUTNi POGLEDi LJUDi KOJi BORAVE U OVOJ KALJUZi…

FUJ. ZA DVA BAKRENJAKA SVE BiH OVO SPALiO DO TEMELJA. SPALiO, PA SE iSPiŠAO PO PEPELU i NE BiH SE OSVRTAO.

ALi VAŠA uZViŠENOSTi, Vi STE NA VAŽNOM ZADATKU.

KAKVA GOD DA JE BiLA iSTORiJA OVE ZEMLJE, ONA JE ODAVNO iŠČEZLA, A NJEN NAROD JE SAMO STOKA KOJA ĆE CRNČiTi KAKO Bi ON NAPUNiO SVOJE

ViSOSTi!

ViSOSTi!

SVETiH MU BOGOVA, OVA JAMA JE VAŠE VELiKO OTKRiĆE?

ROBOVi –

PAUČiNA.

OVDE NE MOŽE BiTi NiČEGA OSiM PACOVA, PAUKOVA i OSTALE GAMADi.

i ZMiJA,

NESUMNJiVO.

NE MOGU DA ZAMiSLiM ŠTA Bi DRUGO

TREBA DA iZVRŠi- TE PRoCENU OViH

NOVOOSVOJENiH ZEMAlJA…

HM…

DA SAKUPiTE

PODATKE KOJE

ĆETE POSLATi…

VAZiRE, MOLiM TE. NiSAM BUDALA KAKVOM ME OTAC SMATRA.

POSLAO ME JE U OVU NEDOĐiJU, A ZA TO VREME SE ON ZABAVLJA S NEKOM NOVOM BLEDOM KURVOM i SMiŠLJA KAKO DA UBijE MOJU BRAĆU i MENE.

BiTNO JE SAMO DA ŠALJEMO OPLJAČKANO ZLATO i OKOVANE ROBOVE.

PRONAŠLi

SMO

NEKU PODZEmNU

ODAJU MEĐU

RUŠEViNAMA

UFF. MA

JESTE Li?

E PA, MOJ SLAVNi OTAC ĆE BiTi ZADOVOLJAN. NEKA NAŠi LJUDi iZVRŠE POPiS OViH DRAGOCENOSTi.

VAZiRE, Ti Si PROUČiO POVESTi OViH ZEMALJA. KAKVO JE OVO MESTO?

MOJ PRiNČE, JOŠ NiSMO iMALi DOVOLJNO VREMENA DA UREDiMO GOMiLE ZAPiSA KOJE SMO OTKRiLi iSTOČNO ODAVDE.

ALi, KOLiKO SAM

UPUĆEN

OVO JE BiLA

TARANTiJA, GRAD

MOJ

PRiNČE ?

A ŠTA Li JE OVO ?

NE. NE, OVAJ SE NEKAKO RAZLiKUJE.

SVi OSTALi PORTRETi i REZBARiJE KOJE SMO PRO- NAŠLi PRiKAZUJU NAKiĆENE BOŽANSKE KRALJEVE, ODENUTE U SViLU, GORDE i ZALJUBLJENE U SOPSTVENi ODRAZ.

OVAJ ČOVEK iZGLEDA GRUBO. OPASNO. STVARNO.

iMA NEČEGA

U NJEGOVOM

iZRAZU

U NJE-

GOviM OČiMA.

VaZIRE!

OVAJ SPOMENiK OVAJ ČOVEK. KO JE ON BiO? NEKi VOJSKOVOĐA iLi ?

ViDi, NA POSTOLJU TU JE NEKi NATPiS!

Ti POZNAJEŠ OVO PiSMO, VAZiRE. ŠTA TU PiŠE?

ŠEMAJE!

DODiRUJE

GOLiM

RUKAMA!

MOŽDA NEKi LOKALNi POGLAViCA iLi SiTNi KRALJ, VAŠA PREUZViŠENOSTi? SAMO NEKi KRVOŽEDNi, ODAVNO MRTVi PROSTAK. NiKO BiTAN

HM. ZVAO SE „KONAN”. TO JE Vrlo UOBiČAJENO, SELJAČKO iME.

SLOVA SU SE

iZLiZALA, A JEZiK JE

SiROV

ALi AKO DOBRO

RAZUMEM, NATPiS

KAŽE

„U NAŠEM NAJTEŽEM ČASU, KADA GUJA NASRNE, ON ĆE SE VRATiTi”?

MOJ PRiNČE, UVERAVAM VAS DA JE OVO POTPUNA BESMiSLiCA. NAJ- OBiČNiJA LEGENDA.

TA PRiMiTiVNA PLEMENA SU SVAKU LOPUŽU PROGLAŠAVALA POGLAViCOM, SVAKOG POGLAViCU KRALJEM, A SVAKOG KRALJA – BOGOM.

RECi Mi

NEŠTO, O

PLEMENiTi

VAZiRE.

KO JE OD NAS DVOJiCE NASLEDNiK – KOLiKO GOD TO BiLO NEiZVESNO – NAJMOĆNiJEG CARSTVA NA SVETU? KO OD NAS DVOJiCE OVDE ZAPOVEDA?

TAJ KONAN JE NESUMNJiVO BiO SAMO NEKi ZVERSKi GRMALJ KOJi JE POMOĆU STRAHA i MAČA NAKRATKO VLADAO PREPLAŠE- NiM SEljACiMA.

A KO JE OVDE DA SLUŽi, SAVETUJE i iSPUNJAVA ŽELJE ONOG DRUGOG?

HMM.

PiTAM SE, DA Li SE VRATiO?

ONi SU GA POŠTOVALi. PRiŽelJ- KiVALi SU NJEGOV POVRATAK.

ŽELiM DA SAZNAM ViŠE O NJEMU.

HM? MOJ

PRiNČE, SiGURNO

SE ŠALiTE

BACi SE

NA POSAO,

VAZiRE.

AH, plemeniti moj VAZiRE! KAKO NaPREDUJE TVOJE iSTRAŽiVAnJE?

NE, moj

prinče.

ALi TREBA PREGLEDATi HRPU ZAPiSA. Ti TAKOZVANi NEMEDiJANCi SU SVE VEOMA STRASTVENO BELEŽiLi

MiSLiŠ ZBOG SViH TiH SiLNiH DiVOTA U OVOJ JALOVOJ PUSTOŠi KOJE Bi MOGLE DA Mi ZAOKUPE PAŽNJU? TEŠKO.

HAJDE, UNESi MALO RAZONODE, MOLiM TE. iLi MOŽDA NiSi USPEO DA OBA- ViŠ SVOJ ZADATAK?

JA SAM VEROVAO DA ĆE VAŠA iZNENADNA RADOZNALOST DOSAD iŠČEZNUTi, PREUZViŠENi

ODVAJANJE iSTORiJSKiH SPiSA OD ZAMORNiH BELEŽAKA O KUPOViNi i PRODAJi PŠENiCE ZAHTEVA

PUNO VRE

PREĐi

NA STVAR.

SVAKAKO,

UZViŠENi.

kada *

su se

blistava kraljevstva

prostirala preko sveta poput plavih odora rasprostrtih ”

pod zvezdama

SVE SU TO i DALJE SUJEVERNE BESMiSLiCE, ALi NALOŽiO SAM PiSARiMA DA SASTAVE PRiPOVEST, KAO ŠTO STE ŽELELi.

ONA SE ZASNiVA NA SVEMU ŠTO SMO DO SADA OTKRiLi O TOM KONANU

z naj, o prinče

*

bilo

nesanjano

jedno doba

*Nemedija,

Ofir, Britunija,

Hiperboreja

*

da

je između

godina kada su okeani preplavili

Atlantidu i blistave gradove i godina uspona sinova Arijevih

* Zamora, koju krasiše tamnokose žene i silne kule, tajanstvene ”

i uklete

*

Kot,

čije granice

dodirivaše

blagorodna

šemska polja

Stigija,

*

senovitim

grobnicama

protkana

Hirkanija, čiji

* jahači behu odenuti u zlato, čelik i svilu.”

„*

Zingara,

po

viteštvu čuvena

*Tu stiže Konan Simerijanac ”

* Ali najslavnije kraljevstvo na ”

svetu

*

beše

Akvilonija,

na raskošnom

zapadu suverena.”

*

crnokos

 

*

smrknuta

pogleda

 

*

s

mačem

 

u ruci

„*

lopov

„*

ubica

*

pljač kaš

čovek

„*

ogromne sete

„*

ogromne

radosti

i

„*

da

gazi draguljima

optočena prestolja Zemlje ”

„*

svojim u

sandale obuvenim

stopalima.”

„DA GAZi

DA GAZi

PRESTOLJA

U SANDALE

OBUVENiM

VAZiRE?

JESi Li

DOBRO?

GOSPODARU, ŽELEO BiH PONOVO DA NAGLASiM DA JE OVO NEiSPiTANA LEGENDA, iZVEDENA iZ HRONiKA SUMNJiVOG POREKLA.

MOGUĆE JE DA TAJ KONAN NiKADA NiJE Ni POSTOJAO, A ČAK i AKO JESTE, SVE OVE PRiČE SU NESUMNJiVO PREUVELiČANE.

ŽELiM

DA ČUJEM

JOŠ.

NASTAVi.

UFF. KAKO

ZAPOVEDATE,

GOSPODARU.

A NEKE SU i ČiSTE iZMiŠLJOTiNE, PiSANE DA KUJU U ZVEZDE TAMO NEKOG…

VAZiRE.

„*I dalje se ne zna mnogo o Simerijančevoj mladosti, provedenoj u mračnim šumskim predelima njegovog rodnog kraja.”

Bilo mu je šesnaest leta kada je prvi put zakoračio preko granica svoje domovine i prešao u zemlju Esira ”

Rođen na bojnom polju
Rođen na bojnom polju

Rođen na bojnom polju

Rođen na bojnom polju
Rođen na bojnom polju

-

-

KAKVA JE BiLA NJEGOVA MLADOST? NJEGOVO DETiNJSTVO? PRiČAJ Mi O TOME.

VAZiRE. ON SE UZDiGAO iZ PONORA VARVARiZMA DO PRESTOLA NAJSLAVNiJEG KRALJEVSTVA SVOG DOBA.

SiGURNO iH JE NJEGOVA PROŠLOST MAKAR MALO ZANiMALA?

AH STVAR JE U TOME

MOJ

PRiNČE?

POSTOJE iSKAZi KOJi TOBOŽE POTiČU OD NJEGOVE ŽENE, ZENOBiJE. ALi ČAK i AKO JE TO TAČNO, ONA NiJEDNOM OD TiH DOGAĐAJA NiJE LiČNO SVEDOČiLA.

PUKA PRETERiVANJA,

iZMiŠLJANJE BAJKi

VAZiRE.

KAKO

ŽELiTE,

MOJ GOSPO-

DARU.

to *

beše Simerija, o prinče, zemlja

njegovog rođenja. Simerija, zemlja večne Noći i Tame

Nemedijanske hronike

NEMEDiJANSKE

HRONiKE SU

NEPOTPUNE

i NEUREĐENE.

A SAMO OVLAŠ POMiNJU ZABiTi POPUT SiMERiJE, GDE

¸¸* A te šume tamne što obronke sumornih brda ”

kriju

i oblaci

O, BOGOVi KRVi i PATNJE!

i oblaci, sivi,

teški, koji se nad njima večito viju ”

„*

´

N#padi su bil% uč$stali.

Gr#nični sp&rovi s Vanirima %li Esirima. Zavade. Stara n$prijateljstva. Kamenito tlo Simerije bilo je red&vno zalivano krvlju.

Ov&ga puta to behu V#niri.

Muškarci su se borili, # žene držale po stran%, kao što to žene čine. Spremal$ su hranu, krpile kožne prsn%ke i zašivale ran$.

NE!

To

NN

HM? JEL

SE ?

To su ž$ne r#dile.

NE, Ti SMRDLJiVO SEVERNJAČKO KOPiLE! TO JE MOJ MUŠKARAC MOJ MUŽ

ŠTA

?

…# kada bi bil& potrebe…

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N-UHH!

…i više.