Sketch o’the Week

February 10th, 2010 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Better late than never for the “Sketch o’the Week”. After all that writing about the unedited Robert E. Howard Conan stories now available I couldn’t resist doing a sketch of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1981 role that launched him to action hero superstardom. I remember seeing that movie in the theater as a kid (don’t recall how I got into an “R” movie at age 14… I suspect I might have used less than honest means). The film is a weird amalgamation of elements from many different Howard stories, and was cheesy fun.

I just noticed I forgot to put the gum on the bottom of his shoe… I must be losing it.


  1. George Cook says:

    That is cool! That actually gave me the first laugh I have had all day today….Thank you!

    • Tom says:

      You know, that might be the highest compliment you can pay to a cartoonist… that they made you laugh. Thanks!

  2. Joel Duggan says:

    Great sketch Tom. I didn’t see Conan in theaters but I think I was about the same age when my father let me rent it from the video store. I distinctly remember the painted movie poster cover on the cassette case.

  3. Mark Engblom says:

    Mongol General: “Conan! What is best in life?”

    Conan: “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.”

    Classic, classic moment….and pretty much my life motto.


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