The Barbarian in Public Consciousness
Somewhere along the path of pop culture the concept of a barbarian became this hulking musclebound idiot.
Barbarians are really nothing of the sort. My friend Mike put it in the best possible terms when he said "They're warriors, not body builders."
And he's right.
Somewhere, the concept of barbarian became this bulky, giant sword wielding, long-haired heavy metal freak (no offense to any bulky, sword wielding long haired heavy metal fans out there).
So I'm taking a poll as to what is your iconic image of the Barbarian?
The samples are below while the poll itself is to the right.
1. 1930's pulp hero Conan?
2. The Savage Tarzan?
3. These more historical guys?
4. Greek Myth Hercules?
5. Keven Sorbo Hercules?
6. Genghis Khan?
7. Frazetta's Conan?
8. Barry Windsor Smith's Conan?
9. Buscema's Conan?
10. Margaret Brundage's Conan?
11. This Cartoon Guy?
15. World of Warcraft barbarian?
16. The guy in this poster?
17. Sun-Sword wielding Thundarr?
18. A Spartan (the movie kind)?
This is America so feel free to vote more than once and let the bodies pile up!