Based on the Berkley/Putnam hardover edition. “The Authorized Edition” of Conan edited, with “foreword” by Karl Edward Wagner. Follows the text of the five-part serial published in WEIRD TALES, December 1935 through April 1936.
The story was first published as a five-part serial in Weird Tales between the months of December 1935, January 1936, February 1936, March 1936 and April 1936 (with chapter 20 being misprinted as chapter 21). It was first published in book form in hardcover by Gnome Press in 1950 under the title Conan the Conqueror, a title retained by all later editions until 1977. The first paperback edition was published by Ace Books in 1954. The novel has been reissued a number of times since by various publishers, notably Lancer Books in 1967 and Berkley/Putnam in 1977; the latter, reedited by Karl Edward Wagner, was the first edition to restore the original magazine text and title, under which most subsequent editions have been issued. Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. published an edition in 1989, with illustrations by Ezra Tucker, as volume XI of their deluxe Conan set.Includes a nice fold-out poster of the Ken Kelly cover.
Missing Chapter Mystery: A deal was accepted but the UK publisher went belly up, so REH worked with Weird Tales to publish the chapters in serial form. As Wagner explains, there is a possibility that one chapter went missing (#20). Wagner left the numbering of the chapters consistent with the numbering as printed in Weird Tales (#20 is skipped); the original manuscript sent to Denis Archer has 4,000 more words (Pawling & Ness imprint) has 75,000 words. That edition never made it to press, but Weird Tales published the novel in serial form…and it had only 71,000 words. Regardless, the story seems consistent, so there is no obvious loss in plot. This goes for both the hardcover and softcover.
- The Hour of the Dragon • (1935) • interior artwork by Vincent Napoli
- 1 • Foreword (The Hour of the Dragon) • essay by Karl Edward Wagner
- 14 • Map of the Hyborian World • (1977) • interior artwork by John Mayer
- 17 • The Hour of the Dragon • (1969) • poem by Robert E. Howard
- 18 • The Hour of the Dragon • [Conan] • novel by Robert E. Howard (variant of Conan the Conqueror 1950)
- 276 • Afterword (The Hour of the Dragon) • essay by Karl Edward Wagner
|Year :||August 1977|
|Book No.:||ISBN: 0-425-03608-1 [978-0-425-03608-2]|
|Cover :||Ken Kelly|
|Illustrations :||Vincent Napoli|
Stated Berkley Medallion Edition, August, 1977.
Assumed 1st printing.
Edited by Karl Edward Wagner.
Color fold out poster of the cover art bound in.
Cover artist is uncredited. No visible signature. Kelly is confirmed by the online Robert E. Howard Bibliography
Interior art consists of two black & white illustrations that originally appeared with the serial publication of the novel in Weird Tales. Credit to Vincent Napoli is in the afterword.
Based on the Berkley/Putnam hardcover edition.
2nd printing – August 1977
3rd printing – ?
4th printing – October 1980, ISBN 0425050432
4th printing has no poster.
The Berkley edition is the first time the verse headings were published with the story.
There are a number of REH letters excerpted by Karl Edward Wagner in the Foreword and Afterword.