Spectrum Super Special #2

Combines all-new features with a collection of Conan-related material from past issues of Spectrum (spruced up with different artwork and photos)! The all-star interview line-up includes Barry Windsor-Smith, Kurt Busiek, Mark Schultz, Gary Gianni, Joseph Michael Linsner, and Cary Nord! The discussions cover a wide range of Conan in print, from the classic Marvel comics of three decades ago, to the recent book collections, to the hot new Dark Horse series. This issue also includes a lengthy analysis of all of the Robert E. Howard-based films (the two Conan movies, Red Sonja, Kull the Conqueror, and The Whole Wide World), and a new essay by Charles Hoffman. No Conan fan will want to be without it!

Complete Conan of Cimmeria Volume One

The most beauiful Conan books there is! The first volume was published in 2002, first in the United Kingdom by Wandering Star Books under the title Conan of Cimmeria: Volume One (1932–1933), and the following year in the United States by Ballantine/Del Rey under the present title. The Science Fiction Book Club subsequently reprinted the complete set in hardcover; the set is noted for presenting the original, unedited versions of Howard’s Conan tales. This volume includes thirteen short stories as well as miscellanea for Howard fans and enthusiasts (e.g., drafts, notes, maps, etc.), and is illustrated by noted comic book artist Mark Schultz.

The texts for this edition were based on Howard’s original typescripts or the first published appearance if a typescript was unavailable.

Sword & Fantasy #1

Fanzine published by James Van Hise.

Articles include detailed guides to several classic Robert E. Howard fanzines (CROSS PLAINS, LONE STAR FICTIONEER, etc). Jim also gives a detailed look at the Robert E. Howard story “Valley of the Worm.” There is also the transcript to the Wandering Star Robert E. Howard panel (which I was on) from the 2002 San Diego Comicon. Plus featuring his 7,000 word article on Karl Edward Wagner’s KANE series wherein he reviews and examines every published Kane story Wagner wrote. Jim also takes a detailed look at Gil Kane’s classic sword & sorcery comic BLACKMARK.

This issue also features artwork by Mike Zeck (a vintage Conan illustration he did in the 1970s, which is a real knockout), art by Steve Fabian, Rick McCollum and others. Plus some surprises, like a nice repro of an illo from the WEIRD TALES appearance of “Kings of the Night”.

Sword & Fantasy #6

The front and back cover art is from foreign Robert E. Howard paperback editions. Articles include a long analysis of the Robert E. Howard story “Tower Of The Elephant” (profusely illustrated). A six page folio of illustrations from Robert E. Howard stories printed in Czechoslovakia. An interview with Ray Capella and a short sword & sorcery story by Ray titled “The Lair.” A seven page folio of WEIRD TALES pulp art from Robert E. Howard stories. An article on the REH story “Lord Of The Dead.” An article on Conan pastiche novels (in other words Conan books not written by REH), and more. Artwork by Rick McCollum, Eduardo Barreto, Mahlon Fawcett, and others.