A Witch Shall Be Born

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Weird Tales December, 1934
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One of the weaker Conan stories, but this is the one where he kills a vulture with his teeth while nailed to a cross. You can download this entire issue here

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Queen of the Black Coast

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A wonderful Brundage cover for a great Conan story, but I have to say this is probably the second-worst depiction of The Cimmerian ever officially published. This entire issue can be downloaded here.

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Conan The Barbarian (1982)

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This film novelization was written in 1982, but the British edition from Sphere Books is dated 1988. All editions reused Renato Casaro’s iconic poster art.

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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?

The complete story can be read here. This entire issue can be read here.

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Red Nails

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A fascinating story of the black lotus and the queerest people ever spawned

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The People of the Black Circle (1977)

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The People of the Black Circle. New York Berkley, [1977]

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The Hour of the Dragon (1977)

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The original 1935 Weird Tales edition of this story is here

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Conan and the Manhunters

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Only Conan Would Dare To Defy The Evil Of Ahriman!

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Swords Across The Alimane

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Someone, probably not the original artist, clearly went back and painted out the girl’s top on this piece, probably in an attempt to boost resale value.

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The People of the Black Circle

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This entire issue can be downloaded here

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Conan The Conqueror (Ace)

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Originally published as The Hour of the Dragon in Weird Tales

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