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December, 1932. First appearance of Conan in "The Phoenix on the Sword" by Robert E. Howard
A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTIONThe December, 1932 issue features great stories like "Buccaneers of Venus" by Otis Adelbert Kline, "The Quick and the Dead" and "The Phoenix on the Sword" by Robert E. Howard. "The Phoenix on the Sword" features the first appearance of Conan the Barbarian, Robert E. Howard's most famous character, and one of the most famous pulp and popular fiction characters of all time.
Conan would go on to star in many other stories in Weird Tales, and many other Howard stories both published and unpublished in his lifetime. Conan would go on to have multiple comic series, films, novels, tv shows, and games. Conan is one of the greatest fantasy characters of all time, and unquestionably iconic. His first appearance here is a major piece of history for pulps, fantasy, and popular fiction alike.
Despite being the longest-lasting and most famous story, Howard's "Phoenix on the Sword" was not given cover treatment. This fantastical bondage-monster cover centers on Kline's "Buccaneers of Venus". It features a damsel in distress bound to a snake, menaced by a giant snake, as well as a heroic swordsman fighting a frog-man, in an attempt to rescue the heroine.This copy of the December, 1932 issue of Weird Tales earns a very good grade. There is stress along the top of the cover and slight yellowing on the logo, as well as yellowing on some of the interior pages. The colors still appear sharply, and the central cover image is almost unblemished. This copy still presents beautifully and would be an amazing addition to any collection centered on pulps, Conan, or Robert E. Howard.