Conan the Destroyer

Below: "Conan the Buccaneer" on the 1971 Ace Books cover.

Ace Books Frazetta Conan the Buceaneer

[Below: Rough design for the first version of "Conan the Buccaneer."

Below: "Conan the Buccanneer" in second state version.

Conan the Buccaneer Second Version

Below: "Conan the Buccaneer" and Frazetta's final version "The Destroyer" compared by overlapping. The scale of the main figure (Conan) has been changed, adding better depth to the pile of figures, and generally agreed, a more iconic image pose, too. Frazetta Buccanneer and Destroyer

Besides "Conan the Destroyer" being a print from Frazetta Properties, it was also a shirt:

Conan the Destroyer T Shirt

Frazetta "The Destroyer" sells for $1.5 million USD

1971 painting originally used as cover for "Conan the Buccaneer"

The original oil painting (for "Conan the Buccaneer" Ace Books, 1971) had a slightly different battle scene, with the Conan figure depicted differently. Instead of the axe-swinging figure shown below, Conan was instead strangling his enemie one at a time. Frazetta revised the painting at least three different ways, according to documentation, after publication of the paperback book for Ace. The matter is covered in the Frank Frazetta "Testament" book, page 72, which shows two images of the earlier versions.

There is also a version of this painting with the face of actor Jack Palance painted inside Conan's helmet, apparently created by Frazetta onto a print of the painting, and used as a promotional material for an unrealized Hollywood production of the Conan property prior to the Arnold Shwarzenegger movie of 1982.

This painting sold in 2010 for $1.5 million USD - - the highest price yet for a single piece of Frazetta artwork. Previous record was the $1 million USD paid for "Berzerker" (i.e., "Conan the Conqueror") in 2009. (The record for a Frazetta ink drawing is $380,000 in 2010 for the cover art to EC Comics Weird Science Fantasy #29.)


Frank Frazetta

1986 - Conan the Buccaneer Paperback Cover

1975 - Eowyn vs the Nazgul Lord - Ink Drawing

1973 - Warrior with Ball and Chain (aka Flashing Swords #1)

1972 - Indian and Cowboy oil on masonite

1971 - The Destroyer ("Conan The Buccaneer")

1970 - Cornered oil painting

1968 - Berserker ("Conan The Conqueror")

1967 - Creepy #17 Cover art

1967 - Executioner Oil Painting

1966 - Easy Way to a Tuff Surfboard

1955 - Weird Science Fantasy 29 ink cover

1954 - Panel from Untamed Love

1954 - Squeeze Play splash page (Shock Suspenstories #13)

1954 - Squeeze Play page 3 (Shock Suspenstories #13)

1954 - Panel enlargements from Squeeze Play

1954 - "Cony Island" panel from Squeeze Play

1950 - "Spec Art" comics page

1950 - Page from White Indian

1950 - Reconstruction of the Frazetta "Nina" page

1950 - Frazetta Beauty and the Beast - Top panel to original Nina Page

Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian

Wonder Woman Conan Crossover #1, Nov 2017

Savage Tales #2, 1973, Barry Smith Cimmeria Page Art

Conan the Barbarian #20, Nov 1972, Barry Smith cover

Conan the Barbarian #24 Cover, Barry Smith 1973

Kaluta black and white advertisement for King Conan #20, Marvel Comics 1980

Conan The Buccaneer (aka 'the Destroyer') sells for $1.5 million USD

Conan The Conqueror (aka 'Berserker') sells for $1.0 million USD

Frazetta Conan the Buccaneer Original Cover

Conan the Barbarian 17, Aug 1972, Gil Kane art

Savage Sword of Conan #90, July 1983, Earl Norem Cover