Savage Avengers # 18 reveals that Conan the Barbarian has a subtle link to the Mighty Thor – when has he encountered Ymir the Frost-Giant?

This article contains minor spoilers for Savage avengers # 18 by Gerry Duggan and Kev Walker.

Conan the barbarian has a surprising but subtle link with Thor, the God of thunder. When Marvel took back the publishing rights to the Conan the Barbarian comics, they wasted no time incorporating it into the modern Marvel Universe. In fact, on the pages of Gerry Duggan and Kev Walker’s Savage avengers, is working closely with Doctor Strange, Deadpool, and other classic Marvel heroes to fight an ancient Supreme Sorcerer from the Hyboria Era, Kulan Gath.

Savage avengers # 18 sees Conan breaking into the Hellfire Club to mug him. Of course, the modern Hellfire Club is no longer run by so-called “evil” mutants, it is the trading arm of the mutant nation of Krakoa. Soon, Conan will be going head-to-head with various members of the X-Men, and he’s particularly pleased to see Iceman. “It warms my heart that in this weak and pathetic world, there are still warriors descended from Ymir,“Conan tells Iceman, before tearing him apart. Anyone familiar with the comics will recognize the reference to Ymir of the Frost Giants, a classic Thor enemy, so how does Conan relate to him?

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Conan was originally created by writer Robert E. Howard, and in the 1930s he wrote a Conan short story called “Daughter of the Ice Giant.” It was actually rejected by Howard’s editor, and the author adapted it to fit a different hero. It was finally published in the 1950s, and Marvel adapted it to their tradition when they acquired the publishing rights to the Conan stories in the early 1970s. The story is chronologically one of the first in Conan’s life and sees the warrior nearly killed in a frozen desert after he fought an ambush. He sees a ghostly vision of a beautiful woman walking almost naked through the snowstorm without feeling the cold, and taunting him into chasing her, until she leads him into a trap where the Frost Giants attack. his brother’s. She is Atali, daughter of the Ice Giant Ymir, who is an established part of Marvel lore. This clearly explains why the Marvel version of Conan references a Thor villain in Savage avengers # 18, to believe that an ice handler like Bobby Drake must be a descendant of the Ice Giant.

Daughter of the Giant by Conan Frost

The description of Atali in Howard’s original tale is fascinating, and Iceman would no doubt be flattered to be compared to her:

His gaze went back to her unruly locks, which at first glance he had thought were red. Now he saw that they were neither red nor yellow, but a glorious compound of both colors. He gazed at her spellbound. Her hair was elf-gold. The sun was lighting him up so dazzling that he could hardly bear to look at it. His eyes weren’t either completely blue or completely gray, but of changing colors and dancing lights and colored clouds that he couldn’t define. “

Interestingly, Marvel isn’t the only publisher publishing Conan stories right now; Ablaze Comics is publishing several because Conan’s rights are partly in the public domain, and they recently adapted “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter.” This version is much more faithful to the Robert E. Howard story, taking his time with the plot and even including a copy of Howard’s story; It is also much more graphic and sexual than anything Marvel would publish. On a whim of the moment, his version was only released in December 2020, so it’s ironic to find a reference to the story of “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter” making its way back into the Marvel Universe right now. Thor Y Conan have been connected for a long time.

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