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Conan the Barbarian

Artist: Joe Jusko (All)

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Artwork Details

Title: Conan the Barbarian
Artist: Joe Jusko (All)
Media Type: Paint - Acrylic
Art Type: Cover
For Sale Status: GONE GONE GONE
Views: 111,462
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Favorited on CAF: 7
Comments: 75
Added to Site: 2/13/2008
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I haven't painted a Conan cover in almost 15 years. While the Savage Sword covers were a great time in my career, I did them while still in my early to mid twenties, still teaching myself how to paint. I've always wanted another crack at the big lug, so I was extremely excited when Tom Stewart asked me to paint the cover to his new book, "By This Axe I Rule!" 'Conan and the Battle for the Robert E. Howard Legacy' to be published by Hermes Press. 15"x21" on Bainbridge Board. BTW, for whatever reason my scanner is just not capturing this piece properly. I'll have a better scan up as soon as I get film of it shot.


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Jason Schachter wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 2/13/2008

aric shapiro wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Every piece you do, EVERY SINGLE ONE, manages to take my breath away. Jusko has become synonymous with artistic perfection and deservedly so
Posted on 2/13/2008

Rev. Dave Johnson wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
$4,000! Hell, I'll take TWO!!!
Posted on 2/13/2008

frank x townsondecker wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
another great one!!!!!
Posted on 2/13/2008

Justin Wood wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Amazing If I had the money I would own it. Great Job. The colors are wonderful
Posted on 2/13/2008

Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Man! The face on this is just INTENSE!!!!!
Posted on 2/13/2008

Alkis Vlachos wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow!!! ... Conan is one of the greatest characters in comics - ever!! Amazing job, Joe!!
Posted on 2/13/2008

Alex Johnson wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Simply marvelous. This is as good as it gets. Thanks for posting.
Posted on 2/13/2008

Frank Cairo wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
this just simply amazing! the skin tones are amazing and he just looks like he's going to kick someones ass. great job as always.
Posted on 2/13/2008

Jack MacBride wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Joe, when I think your art is the best it can be, you go and show us something better. Incredible stuff, as always. I don't know what you're tapping into to get such a clear vision of these fictional characters, but I wish I had the knack you have.
Posted on 2/13/2008

Ken Z wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
No action needed! This is a look that would make a lesser man just drop his sword and run! Bring us more Conan by Crom !
Posted on 2/13/2008

Craig Hamilton wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Astounding as usual, Joe! The facial expression, the body language, the Hyborean design, and the gloomy rainy atmosphere are all sheer perfection. That left hand and the expert foreshortening of the left arm are testament to your mastery. You have given us more than a painting of Conan; truly a portrait of a flesh and blood man. I am in awe....
Posted on 2/14/2008

F M wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Very impressive, Joe, another instant classic.
Posted on 2/14/2008

Michel Maillot wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
I can feel and hear the rain and I am not going to look for trouble with that big guy !!! Awesome work, perfect rendition of Conan, even better than the Neal Adams print with Conan under the rain. Very savage work !!!
Posted on 2/14/2008

Damon Bader wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I will just have to say ditto to what everyone else has already said. My natural response was a profane word and a small sortve gurgle... this is awesome.
Posted on 2/14/2008

Dan Gallo wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
One of the best images of Conan I have ever seen.
Posted on 2/14/2008

J L wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
great rendition of Conan Joe!!!!
Posted on 2/14/2008

Michael Bair wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Pretty Amazing......Joe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on 2/15/2008

Mark B. Kirschner wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Takes my breath away.
Posted on 2/15/2008

Thomas FISH wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
conan reigns supreme
Posted on 2/15/2008

Brian Monroe wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
your strongest conan to date. i have to echo craig's praise, and for the same reasons. tremendous work, you humble us all. you should email a scan of this to frank jr. i'm sure his dad would enjoy seeing this!!!
Posted on 2/16/2008

ATULA Siriwardane wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow Joe... Amzing... I was too late to be here... One of the best Conan... Give us more...
Posted on 2/16/2008

R Thrower wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 2/16/2008

Mike Rice wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
I'll be damned if it doesn't look like he wants to split your skull and eat it for breakfast. That's one helluva painting ...
Posted on 2/17/2008

I D wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Fantastic rendition of Conan! Joe, I absolutely love your choice of colors for this masterpiece.
Posted on 2/17/2008

JOE JUSKO wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
WOW! I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm surprised and flattered by the amount of positive feedback on this piece! Thanks to everyone for the kind words of encouragement!!
Posted on 2/17/2008

Wayne Mousseau wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Absolutely Amazing!!!!!!!
Posted on 2/18/2008

Rick  Welch wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
By the gods- what a painting!
Posted on 2/18/2008

Jason Versaggi wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow, maybe one of your best Conan pieces ever...and that is a pretty amazing body of work to be at the top of. Incredible.
Posted on 2/19/2008

Alex Bullock wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Almost impossibly fantastic!! A~
Posted on 2/21/2008

Paul Blais wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
That's why your the man Joe. Simply the best! Fantastic!
Posted on 2/22/2008

David Leong wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 2/22/2008

Lambo S. wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
This is simply amazing.
Posted on 2/22/2008

Vincent Zurzolo wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow JOE! Dark Horse should be beating down your door- incredible power and control over the anatomy- what grace and style!
Posted on 2/25/2008

mark morales wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 2/29/2008

J.D. Seeber wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Hi Joe, O.K. Holy Crap! Your cover work for "By This Axe I Rule" is one of the best Conan pieces I've ever seen! I'm comparing it to the likes of Boris and Whelan's "ELRIC" which are both sitting pretty at the top of my list of fav's! I'm going to pick up a copy of this when it comes out for the cover alone! J.D.Seeber
Posted on 3/1/2008

Terry Barnes wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Quite posibly the best Conan i have ever seen !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brilliant !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on 3/5/2008

Randy House wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Joe, you knocked this way out of the park! One of the BEST Conan interpretations EVER!
Posted on 3/5/2008

Royd Burgoyne wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Whoa! Just catching up with new work at CAF when I checked this stunning Conan painting out! Awesome work Joe from the rain drops splashing, the musculature, the facial expression... I could go on and on... Wow!
Posted on 3/8/2008

Deryck Santiago wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Great! Your paintings always come alive for me. Conan looks like he is looking directly at the viewer. If he were alive, you wouldn't want to go near him right at this moment.
Posted on 3/8/2008

Wade Furlong wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Great piece Joe! Luv the composition of the stand alone figure. Solid. The painting nuance in the skin texture and lighting are great. Wonderful features and expression in his face as well. Cheers man.
Posted on 3/9/2008

Guido de Bue wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Am i the only one who sees Sylvester Stallone in the face ?
Otherwise great piece but we expect nothing less
Posted on 3/11/2008

Greg Gross wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Only John Buscema's Conan can compare to this interpretation! Wow! Nice work Joe!
Posted on 3/12/2008

gregg kopsa wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Utteryly fantastic, one of the best ever
Posted on 3/13/2008

ATULA Siriwardane wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Its a joy to watch that your Conan at the top of the most views of the day for the second time,...Congrats Joe... I hope that you will get more and more Conan commissions....
Posted on 4/5/2008

Mark Spears wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 4/9/2008

Lou Haberman wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Intimidating and disturbing. I believe the artist has succeeded in moving his audience. Well done, Joe!
Posted on 4/9/2008

Andrew Van Embden wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
WOW !!!! Over 25,000 people on here have looked at this, I didn't know we had that many members! Congratulations Joe on a stellar painting!
Posted on 4/13/2008

Steve Welch wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Absolutely, breath-takingly stunning!!!! WOW!
Posted on 4/15/2008

Jason Versaggi wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Jeez Jusko, you're like the McDonald's of CAF...Bilions and BIllions Amazed.
Posted on 4/19/2008

michael Avila wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Good Grief. just magnificent!
Posted on 4/21/2008

Andrew Van Embden wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
This piece has had more views than the Pamela Anderson tape !!!!
Posted on 4/22/2008

Nelson Animated Ink wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
You only get better with age. I have to disagree with a previous post about Stallone ..... I see Gene Simmons .... lol. Fantastic rendition of Conan. Cheers! N.
Posted on 4/27/2008

Andrew Kolvek wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow, just wow! I've always been a fan of your work, I'd love to own a piece in the future. You just keep getting better. Bravo!
Posted on 4/30/2008

Mike W wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Iconic image of a classic character!!
Posted on 5/1/2008

Mark Howland wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
The mood of this piece is just incredible. Wonderful, wonderful work!
Posted on 7/9/2008

Earl Hamilton wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
MAN!!! YOUR PAINTING JUST SEEM TO COME OUT OF THE PAGE!! This CONAN makes me want to go re read all my old issues!
Posted on 7/6/2009

Mario B. wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
bombastic artwork,absolut great CONAN....
Posted on 8/28/2009

Ramon B. wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
That's great by Crom!!
Posted on 2/21/2010

Jerry Butler wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Once again...AWESOME!!!
Posted on 3/18/2010

Douglas Gardner wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I hate to nitpick but what happened to REH's Conan having volcanic BLUE eyes?
Posted on 4/7/2010

Thomas FISH wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Joe I get a few offers a week for this gem I couldnt be happier with it I cant believe the # of views it has un believable!!!
Posted on 5/24/2010

Angela Pierce wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Man! He is so Freakin' Beautiful!!!
Posted on 6/3/2010

Angela Pierce wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I would love to see this art produced as a Conan animated movie series with a "Heavy Metal" Flavor.
Posted on 6/6/2010

The  Comic Coffin™ wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I guess I'm late to the party but damn if this isn't one of the best images of Conan I have ever seen.
Posted on 7/24/2010

Terry Doyle wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
I can't meet Conan's stare . . . he looks too darned frightening! Great painting, Joe!!
Posted on 7/28/2010

Walt Feeney wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
No one paints Conan like you, Joe! Amazing work
Posted on 7/29/2010

Steve Welch wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Talk about an amazing piece of art! Wow!
Posted on 8/15/2010

Craig Rogers wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
One of your very best paintings ever. Wow.
Posted on 11/6/2010

James Halperin wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Magnificent painting!
Posted on 12/11/2010

silmar dembicki wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
wonderfull,the best!!!!!!!!
Posted on 3/20/2011

Carmine Gawain wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Love this-hands down the best Conan!
Posted on 12/18/2012

The  Collector wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
This is what Conan should look like ,Amazing.......
Posted on 10/27/2013

David Grisez wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
wow. just wow.
Posted on 10/27/2013

Marc Pecorella wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Fantastic work Joe! One of your best ever....
Posted on 11/14/2015

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