Monday, July 13, 2009

Is that a sword...

...or are you just glad to see me?

Conan Fan Art Week continues over at Crom!, and needless to say the influence of Frank Frazetta looms large. Almost large than that of Robert E. Howard himself. Nearly every one of the fan renditions depict the Cimmerian as nearly naked, with the exception of a fur kilt and some jewelry. This despite the fact that he's never described that way in the actual stories, where he almost always wears armor of some sort, especially when on the battlefield. It just goes to show that once an image becomes fixed in the popular imagination it stays there no matter how at odds it is with what it's supposed to be depicting.

And no points for recognizing the psycho-sexual dynamics behind the fascination with half-naked, muscle-bound men wielding swords. Lets just leave the slash puns aside and put it down to male power fantasy, shall we?

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