The People of the Black Circle

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The Devil’s Double

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The Black Gargoyle

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The longer you look at this cover, the more disturbing it gets. This entire issue can be downloaded here

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The Hour Of The Dragon

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As much as I love Margaret Brundage (and I do love Margaret Brundage), her visualizations of Conan the Cimmerian are among the worst ever created.

For example, here is the passage of the story illustrated on this cover:

It was a girl who stood grasping the bars with her slender fingers. The dim glow behind her outlined her supple figure through the wisp of silk twisted about her loins, and shone vaguely on jeweled breast-plates. Her dark eyes gleamed in the shadows, her white limbs glistened softly, like alabaster. Her hair was a mass of dark foam, at the burnished luster of which the dim light only hinted.

Other than her hair being blonde instead of a mass of dark foam, that seems like a fair description of the girl Margaret painted here.

Now here is a description of Conan from later in the same chapter, after he has escaped his cell and is fighting a giant gray ape (it makes sense in context):

With full realization of the odds, Conan matched his speed of eye and hand and his muscular power against the brute might and ferocity of the man-eater. He must meet the brute breast to breast, strike a deathblow, and then trust to the ruggedness of his frame to survive the instant of manhandling that was certain to be his.

Some of his joints felt as if they had been dislocated, and blood dripped from scratches on his skin where the monster’s talons had ripped; his muscles and tendons had been savagely wrenched and twisted. If the beast had lived a second longer, it would surely have dismembered him. But the Cimmerian’s mighty strength had resisted, for the fleeting instant it had endured, the dying convulsion of the ape that would have torn a lesser man limb from limb.

Does that sound at all like the sickly-looking weakling on this cover?

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Skull-Face

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Skull-Face originally ran as a three-part serial in Weird Tales in 1929…. 

Robert E. Howard clearly took his inspiration from the Fu Manchu books, but went far beyond that model to create a villain that could eat old Fu for breakfast. The guy with the skull-like face is first believed to be some sort of Chinese crime lord, then an ancient Egyptian, and finally a master sorcerer who should have gone down with Atlantis. He’s a guy who would have made a fine nemesis for Conan.

This story is in the public domain, and the full text is available here. Of course, it is one of the most racist stories I have ever read, but there it is.

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The Dragoman’s Pilgrimage

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Magic Carpet was the retitled continuation of Oriental Stories (itself a spin-off of Weird Tales), and only published five issues before folding.

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The Sapphire Goddess

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Coils of the Silver Serpent

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The Man Who Was Two Men

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Suicide Chapel

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The Lost Lady

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The White Wizard

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Features the Kull story “The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune” by Robert E. Howard. This entire issue can be downloaded here 

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The Ruler Of Fate

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Loot Of The Vampire

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This issue features the Southern Gothic horror story Black Canaan by Robert E. Howard, and was published the month he committed suicide. This entire issue can be downloaded here

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The Vampire Master

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