Originally Posted by PASmith
Probably more-so with the non-Howard ones but even the Howard ones suffer from it a little I think.
Actually there is one non-Howard one (can't remember which one but it's one of the better ones) where Conan goes back to Cimmeria and in the process defeats a bull barehanded. But...he gets so badly beaten up he has to go to bed for a few days. Obviously he recovers fairly quickly from something that would have killed a lesser man but he still got damaged and paid the price.
Whereas in the one I'm reading at the moment (the Conquerer) he fights a giant ghost ape in a dungeon, is described has having his tendons wrenched and being crushed, but then just carries on like he'd just stubbed his toe.
Stuff like that.
Yeah, that's true. I know the story you're talking about, though I can't remember the title. But yeah, he's definitely a superhero in many ways. That's one of the things I like about "Beyond the Black River." There's another character who's also heroic and certainly not Conan's caliber, but still manages to carry much of the story.