(October 2014)

Dark Horse, 2014 Series
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Price
3.50 USD
Pages
32
On-sale Date
2014-10-29
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dark Horse Comics, Inc.
Brand
Dark Horse Comics [facing left]
Barcode
761568156324 00411
Editing
Patrick Thorpe (editor); Everett Patterson (assistant editor)

Issue Notes

Issue 4 of 4.

[Groo vs. Conan: The Fray to End All Frays Ends, as All Frays Must!] (Table of Contents)

Conan; Groo / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Sergio Aragonés (signed as Aragonés); Tom Yeates (signed as Yeates)
Inks
Sergio Aragonés (signed as Aragonés); Tom Yeates (signed as Yeates)
Colors
Lovern Kindzierski (credited)

Genre
adventure; humor; sword and sorcery
Characters
Groo; Conan; Rufferto; king's soldiers (Groo’s world)
Synopsis
Groo and Conan fray together.
Reprints
Keywords
character crossover; fray; swords

Sergio Aragonés Groo vs. Conan (Table of Contents: 1)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés; Tom Yeates
Inks
Sergio Aragonés; Tom Yeates
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
If you haven't been following the story to this point, don't even try it.
Characters
Groo; Conan; Rufferto; Conan's horse; townspeople (Groo's world)
Synopsis
Introduction and credits for the issue.
Keywords
credits; introduction

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside front cover.

[Groo vs. Conan: Chapter Four] (Table of Contents: 2)

Conan; Groo / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragonés (credited); Mark Evanier (credited)
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés (credited); Tom Yeates (credited as Thomas Yeates)
Inks
Sergio Aragonés (credited); Tom Yeates (credited as Thomas Yeates)
Colors
Lovern Kindzierski (credited)
Letters
Richard Starkings (credited); Comicraft (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The tale spread far and it spread wide... Word that Conan had met his ultimate demise at the hands and swords of Groo.
Genre
adventure; humor; sword and sorcery
Characters
Groo; Conan; Conan's horse; Rufferto; Sergio Aragonés; Mark Evanier; Olam (Conan’s world); various subjects of Conan’s world; various townspeople of Groo’s world; rumor-mongering peasant #2 (Groo’s world from issue #3); non-rumor-mongering peasant #3 (Groo’s world); lazy and misinformed inn patrons (Groo’s world); king (Groo’s world); king's footman (Groo’s world); king's corrupt prime minister (Groo’s world); king's soldiers (Groo’s world); baker (Groo’s world); butcher (Groo’s world); Harvey Biffin (corrupt lawyer of developer Spencer Spade); Benjy (comic book shop owner); various pro-comic book shop protesters; Biffin's two subordinates; Spencer Spade (developer); Spade's accountant; Los Angeles police officers; various escaped convicts; Mark Evanier's lawyer; panicked movie theatre patrons; nurse
Synopsis
Olam’s tyrannical reign begins. A third non-rumor-mongering peasant refutes both of the rumor-mongering peasants from Issues 2 and 3, telling a gathering at the inn that the great battle between Conan and Groo is still in progress, with neither combatant slain. The fray to end all frays, between Conan and Groo comes to an end. The comic shop and bakery are saved. Conan returns to reclaim his throne. Groo just wanders-off in the direction of some fresh and tasty meats. Sergio recovers from his “Conan delusion”, instead taking a fancy to Tarzan comics to set up the next such crossover series.
Reprints
Keywords
character crossover; comic book shop; different worlds; fray; historical setting; meta humor; series of mishaps; spreading hearsay; swordfight; usurper of the throne; wreaking havoc

Indexer Notes

The story unfolds among three very different worlds... the "real" world of comic book shops, greedy developers, and overmedicated cartoonists, Groo's world (both cartoon-illustrated by Sergio Aragonés), and Conan's world (realistically illustrated by Thomas Yeates).

On page 20, Thomas Yeates illustrates Conan crossing the “border” to return to his own world with a magnificent long-shot of Conan and his horse crossing a stone bridge over a placid river, surrounded by beautifully detailed, realistic-looking trees and foliage… But, at the far lower left (one could even say almost “in the margins”) Sergio Aragonés sticks-in a small gathering of “Groo-world lizards” atop a “Groo-world rock” observing the majesty of Conan’s crossing - as if to send him off.

Groo Grams (Table of Contents: 3)

Groo Grams / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Mark Evanier (signed)
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés
Inks
Sergio Aragonés
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Feature Logo
Groo Grams [Groo reading letter]
Characters
Groo; Rufferto; Captain Ahax; a boatload of sailors (in illustrations)
Keywords
future issue plans; letters of comment; unlikely crossovers

Indexer Notes

Letters from: Mike Nuessler, Tom Cherry, Donald Schuldt, Travis Pelkie, Captain Nathaniel Jaime, John Prenis, Jason Pigg. The next Groo limited series is revealed. It is not (yet) "Groo Meets Tarzan", which will appear in 2021, but the twelve-issue "Groo: Friends and Foes" (2015).

[Having Spots Doesn't Make You a Dalmatian!] (Table of Contents: 4)

Rufferto / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragonés (signed as Aragonés); Mark Evanier
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés (signed as Aragonés)
Inks
Sergio Aragonés (signed as Aragonés)
Colors
Lovern Kindzierski

Feature Logo
Rufferto [lower-case letters]
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Rufferto; members of a fire brigade; two surprised victims
Synopsis
Would-be fire-dog Rufferto creates an embarrassing false alarm.
Reprints
Keywords
best of intentions; dog; false alarm; fire

Indexer Notes

Pantomime. Color on back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Groo vs. Conan: The Fray to End All Frays Ends, as All Frays Must!]
    Conan; Groo
  2. 1. Sergio Aragonés Groo vs. Conan
  3. 2. [Groo vs. Conan: Chapter Four]
    Conan; Groo
  4. 3. Groo Grams
    Groo Grams
  5. 4. [Having Spots Doesn't Make You a Dalmatian!]
    Rufferto
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)