The third issue of REH: Two-Gun Raconteur, from 1976. Contains ‘Conan vs. Conantics’ by Don Herron and ‘The Devil’s Joker’ by Howard. Also several articles and an art portfolio by Gene Day.

In the mid-1970s, when the Robert E. Howard Boom was just beginning, REH: Two-Gun Raconteur was on the cutting edge of Howard Fandom. During those heady days there was a continuous stream of hardback books, paperbacks, magazines, comics, chapbooks, fanzines, art portfolios and one-shot publications all devoted to the gifted author and poet from Cross Plains, Texas. When the Boom eventually faded out in the late eighties, the fans and admirers of Robert E. Howard still carried the torch, waiting for a time when Howard would return and that time has come. While not on as grand a scale as the earlier boom, it is nonetheless a great time to be a Howard fan.

As a result of this renewed interest in Howard, REH: Two-Gun Raconteur resumed publication in 2003. Issues 5 through 4have been published with the current schedule having The Definitive Robert E. Howard Journal appearing annually. REH: Two-Gun Raconteur is a classic Howard journal that keeps its roots intact. The journal is geared toward the reader who enjoys escaping into the fantastic worlds and characters created by Robert E. Howard.

Each issue features an outstanding line-up of obscure Robert E. Howard fiction, insightful essays and in-depth articles by award winning Howard scholars, plus first-rate artwork by up and coming young artists as well as established favorites.

So, if you are an aficionado of the works of the world’s greatest fantasy and adventure writer, you will find the spirit of Robert E. Howard lives on, bringing fire and thunder to the pages of REH: Two-Gun Raconteur.

Contents

  • ifc •  REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3 • interior artwork by Don Herron
  • 2 • The Junto (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3) • essay by uncredited
  • 2 •  The Junto (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3) • interior artwork by David Parsons
  • 3 • The Dark Lines (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3) • essay by Damon C. Sasser
  • 3 •  The Dark Lines (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3) • interior artwork by David Parsons
  • 4 • REH Mail (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3) • essay by Damon C. Sasser
  • 4 •  Letter (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3) • essay by Kevin Cook
  • 5 • The Devil’s Joker • [The Sonora Kid] • (1975) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 5 •  The Devil’s Joker • interior artwork by David Parsons
  • 12 •  REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3 [1] • interior artwork by John Jamilkowski
  • 13 •  REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3 [2] • interior artwork by John Jamilkowski
  • 14 • Robert E. Howard and the Ring (Part 1 of 2) • essay by Dennis McHaney
  • 14 •  Robert E. Howard and the Ring (Part 1 of 2) • interior artwork by Tom Foster
  • 18 •  The Moon of Skulls: A Portfolio • interior artwork by Gene Day
  • 23 • Conan vs. Conantics • essay by Don Herron
  • 23 •  Conan vs. Conantics • interior artwork by David Parsons
  • 31 •  Letter (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3) • essay by Paul C. Allen
  • 32 •  REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3 • interior artwork by Arnie Fenner
  • 33 • The Rare Ones • essay by Charles Melvin
  • 33 •  The Rare Ones • interior artwork by David Parsons
  • 37 • REH in Prose (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3) • essay by Steve Smolins
  • 37 •  REH in Prose (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3) • interior artwork by David Parsons
  • 37 •   Review: The Last Celt by Glenn Lord • review by Steve Smolins
  • 37 •   Review: Official Guide to the Fantastic Literature by Mike Resnick • review by Steve Smolins
  • 39 • REH News (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3) • essay by uncredited
  • 39 •  REH News (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3) • interior artwork by David Parsons
  • ibc •  REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3 [2] • interior artwork by Don Herron
  • bc •  REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3 (Delcardes) • (1975) • interior artwork by Stephen Fabian [as by Steve Fabian]

Notes

Volume 1, number 3.
Saddle stapled, wraps. Page numbers do not include covers.
“Damon C. Sasser, Editor/Publisher” and “David Parsons, Graphic Consultant” on the ToC.
“The Junto” is a list of contributors.
“The Dark Lines” is an editorial.
Cover illustration is “Conan on Horseback”.
The review of Mike Resnick’s book credits the book to Michael Resnick and refers to it as “Official Guide to the Fantastics”, i.e. the title as it appears on the book’s cover.

Editor and publisher: Damon C. Sasser
Limited to 500 copies
“The Devil’s Joker” is illustrated by David Parsons

Publisher: The Black Coast Press
Year : Winter 1976
Book No. : None
Edition : 1st
Format : Magazine
Pages : 44
Cover : Ken Raney
Illustrations : Stephen Fabian, David Parsons, John Jamilkowski, Tom Foster, Arnie Fenner, Gene Day
Backside art by Jonathan Bacon

The third issue of REH: Two-Gun Raconteur, from 1976. Contains ‘Conan vs. Conantics’ by Don Herron and ‘The Devil’s Joker’ by Howard. Also several articles and an art portfolio by Gene Day.

In the mid-1970s, when the Robert E. Howard Boom was just beginning, REH: Two-Gun Raconteur was on the cutting edge of Howard Fandom. During those heady days there was a continuous stream of hardback books, paperbacks, magazines, comics, chapbooks, fanzines, art portfolios and one-shot publications all devoted to the gifted author and poet from Cross Plains, Texas. When the Boom eventually faded out in the late eighties, the fans and admirers of Robert E. Howard still carried the torch, waiting for a time when Howard would return and that time has come. While not on as grand a scale as the earlier boom, it is nonetheless a great time to be a Howard fan.

Tags: Arnie Fenner / Charles Melvin / Damon Sasser / David Parsons / Don Herron / Gene Day / John Jamilkowski / Jonathan Bacon / Kevin Cook / Paul C. Allen / Robert E. Howard / Stephen Fabian / Steve Smolins / Tom Foster