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Friday, May 14, 2010
Hither Came Conan, the Cimmerian...vol. 3
Thankfully, here it is, and its just as pretty as the two previous volumes--red slipcase, and color plates by Gregory Manchess, plus tonal illustrations. The contents are the same as Del Rey's The Conquering Sword of Conan paperback from 2005, but getting it with color paintings, signed and numbered by the artist, and on that crisp, acid-free paper, with that new book smell, just makes it feel--I don't know--more important.
Anyway, its got Howard's original versions of the Conan stories from 1935-36, which include "Beyond the Black River" and "Red Nails." It also includes some of his original synopses, letters, and a Howard-drawn Hyborian Age map. I don't know if I like Manchess's art as well as that of Gianni in the last volume, or particularly Schultz's in the first, but it certainly isn't bad by any stretch.
The only question is, how am I going to fit this volume in the "Howard Cabinet" with its peers?