Friday, May 03, 2013

From King Kull to King Conan: The Resurrection of the Hero-King - Mark Finn

"“The Phoenix on the Sword” was just another story on the table of contents page of the December 1932 issue of Weird Tales magazine. It didn’t rate the cover. That honor went to Otis Adelbert Kline’s sword and planet adventure, “Buccaneers of Venus,” beautifully rendered by J. Allen St. John. If you were an avid reader, you no doubt looked forward to the final installment of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, and perhaps also the newest Seabury Quinn Jules de Grandin story. Of course, you knew who Robert E. Howard was; he was one of the best writers in the magazine, and even though you’d never heard of this King Conan before, you could bet it was going to be a cracking good story." 4.5 out of 5