Posted 13 December 2011 - 07:06 AM
I'm going to put up some items from my collection on eBay by the end of the week. These items are not for sale yet, I just would appreciate the experts on this site to look over the narrative to help the accuracy of my statements (for example, until today, I thought that the first publication of the Frost Giant's Daughter was in the listed magazine, when it was actually in one of the Gnome Press books a few months before). Here we go (and thanks):
This auction is for eight Conan-related publications (seven magazine issues and one paperback book).
Robert E. Howard completed 21 tales featuring Conan the Barbarian, 17 of which were published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales from 1932-1936. This collection includes first publications of the four that were published after Howard’s death:
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THE GOD IN THE BOWL
Space Science Fiction, September 1952
158 pages, all intact, slightly yellowed pages, back cover damaged (see photo).
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THE BLACK STRANGER
Fantasy Magazine (first issue of this publication), February 1953, a little fragile with slightly yellowed pages, but complete (160 pages) and intact.
THE FIRST MAGAZINE PUBLICATION OF THE FROST GIANT’S DAUGHTER
Fantasy Fiction, August 1953, 160 pages, complete and intact, with slightly yellowed pages and some creasing. A few months before this magazine came out, this story was included in The Coming of Conan (1953), a Gnome Press hardcover.
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THE VALE OF LOST WOMEN
Magazine of Horror, Spring 1967, 130 pages, complete, tight, and in good condition.
In addition to the four magazines above, this collection contains four other “firsts”:
THE FIRST POST-WEIRD TALES MAGAZINE REPRINTS OF CONAN TALES
Avon Fantasy Reader Number 8, 1948, “Queen of the Black Coast,” 126 pages, complete, tight, and in remarkably good condition with nice cover illustration depicting Conan being saved by the ghost of his girl (this scene was also a Weird Tales cover in 1934 and in the 1982 movie).
Avon Fantasy Reader Number 10, 1949, “A Witch Shall be Born,” 128 pages, complete, tight, and in remarkably good condition with nice cover illustration from a scene in the story (but, interestingly, the hero shown is not Conan, making this unique among all Conan story cover illustrations, be they magazines, books, or comics).
THE FIRST PAPERBACK BOOK PUBLICATION OF A CONAN STORY
Conan the Conqueror (The Hour of the Dragon), Ace “Double Novel Book,” 1950, 188 pages (plus 132-page second novel, The Sword of Rhiannon) with slightly yellowed pages, normal reading wear, a few slight dings at page corners. This was published about the same time as the first volume of the Gnome Press Conan collection.
THE FIRST MAGAZINE PUBLICATION OF A CONAN “COLLABORATION”
Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, December 1955, 128 pages, featuring “Conan, Man of Destiny,” a non-Conan Robert E. Howard short story rewritten as a Conan tale. This story was also included in the Gnome Press collection. Good condition.