December, 1932; First appearance of Conan in "The Phoenix on the Sword" - Robert E. Howard; "The Quick and the Dead" - Vincent Starrett; St. John bondage-monster cover
crm pgs; very slight chip at bottom of spine; sharp spine and cover; beautiful copy of a historic classic
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The 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Conan would go on to star in many other stories in Weird Tales, and many other Howard stories both published and unpublished in his lifetime.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.
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This copy earned an amazing 6.5 FN+ grade. The color on the front cover appears so sharp, in both the red, white, and black title banner and the yellow and green central image. The iconic image of a giant snake and a frog-man is so clear. Despite some minor creases in the top left and bottom right corners, the front cover is truly stunning, especially for a 90-year old book printed on cheap pulp paper.
As well, the spine is nice and sharp, with the title, date, and volume number appearing clearly and hardly blemished. There is a very minor chip at the bottom of the spine, but it does not detract from how pretty this book is. Most pulp spines have much much more chipping than this. The back cover is also clean and well-preserved, with a nice white background, only marred by a very minor crease in the top exterior corner and a small stain in the center of the book.
This is a beautiful copy of one of the most highly sought-after pulps of all time, introducing one of the most iconic and longest-lasting characters in the history of pop culture. This prized book will continue to increase in value, especially as more and more new collectors and investors are drawn to the pulp market.