Vids I Dig 154: Midnight’s Edge: The Ultimate ‘Conan The Barbarian’ Retrospective

From the Midnight’s Edge YouTube description: In January of 2019, Conan the Barbarian returned to Marvel Comics. This is a homecoming of some significance, because while Conan didn’t originate with and even predates Marvel Comics, it was arguably that initial Conan comic book run from Marvel that more than anything else, paved the way for the 1982 feature film Conan the Barbarian by John Milius starring Arnold Schwarzenegger – and thereby the characters mainstream success.

In this retrospective, Andre Einherjar will explore Conan’s literary origins in the writings of Robert E. Howard, and how Conan came to Marvel in the first place. Then, the production and the philosophy of the Conan feature film will be explored, and the definitive answer to The Riddle of Steel will be provided. Unlike most other Conan retrospectives out there, this one will also detail the differences between the Schwarzenegger Conan and the literary Conan, and why the movie, for all its standalone strengths and virtues, remains controversial with fans of the literary and comic book versions of Conan.

In the upcoming part two of this retrospective, the sequels, the attempted sequels and other spin offs will also be explored.