Godzilladude, it must be the way I was reading it, but your first post seemed like you were defending De Camp, whereas your second one is obviously not so much the case.
Rust Burke, It?s a shame you never released your study of the edits, because it would be an interesting read.
Here is somebody who is definitely defending De Camp, but even he says most of the editing was unnecessary:
I think a lot of folks over the years have reacted in knee-jerk fashion to ill-founded accusations (No! Really?) Everyone wants a simple answer, good or evil. LSDC was certainly arrogant when it came to REH, really saw himself as superior. At the time he started with Conan, it was not a big property, was just a character by some pulp writer, like hundreds of others. And even when it became clear that REH was going to turn out to be much more important in terms of literature than LSDC, he just could not accept that, as he'd really felt this was just a schleeb pulp writer, by definition doesn't matter, how can ANYONE really think this guy is important? So he spent a lot of time early on trying to build REH up, then spent a lot of time in the later years trying to tear him down. And what seemed reasonable business conduct to him at the beginning seems unreasonable to us now. But let's at least use facts (like Rusty's work) to judge him, not a bunch of over-the-top name-calling.
You have to remember as well, a lot of the animosity towards LSDC had to do with his relationship with Glenn Lord, another person he looked down upon. Glenn is everybody's grandpa in Howard studies, a great guy, hard worker, much beloved, and did so much for REH. LSDC tended to talk down to him behind his back, but still where it could be seen. And whereas Glenn understood how to get along with fans, LSDC tended to want to talk down to fans, like we were too stupid to figure anything out for ourselves. And then he'd be wrong, and look like an idiot, and not take that well.
LSDC made some money off of REH, as did Glenn, the Kuykendalls, their daughter, none of these folks in any way related to REH or his family. LSDC tried to take over, failed, ended up with half of a few characters, then after he died his kids sold out, end of story. He's out of the picture, has been for years, and is now just a historical moment in REH studies. Oh, folks with time to waste will argue about whether he helped or hurt REH (or both), but it doesn't matter now, so who cares.
So just accept that a lot of the older fans remember the wars with LSDC, and that anger and hatred (Howard fans, full of hatred? No!) still simmers for some of them, and will for a very long time.
I like to tell the story that at one time, for a couple years, LSDC and I only lived about a mile apart in Plano, TX. And halfway in between us was a cross street, "Cross Plains", I kid you not. I thought that quite on point, allegorically, as we definitely took two different directions from that same starting point.
Gary is the paladin for LSDC in the REH sphere, and hence makes himself a target for all kinds of slanders, slurs, and challenges to his intellect. He just loves it, and jumps into the middle of any argument you want. Its good to have a hobby you enjoy.