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August, 1929. "The Shadow King" by Robert E. Howard (First appearance of King Kull); PULP IMPACT rating of 8 (PI)
crm/tan pgs; sharp spine w/ very minor stress and one chip
A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTIONThe August 1929 issue of Weird Tales contains the first appearance of Robert E. Howard's classic character King Kull in "The Shadow King". Although Kull would only go on to star in three stories before Howard's death in 1936, he would go on to feature in many more Howard stories, and later Howard-inspired media, including books, comics, shows, and movies. Kull was the direct forerunner to Howard's most successful character Conan the Barbarian. The first Conan story, published in a 1932 issue of Weird Tales, was originally a rejected Kull story, and then the central character was rewritten to become Conan. The first appearance of Kull makes this a landmark key issue and a welcome addition to any pulp collection. This copy of the August 1929 issue of Weird Tales is in VG+ 4.5 condition, with cream to tan pages. It has a sharp spine with only very minor stress and chip, making it a perfect candidate for joining your pulp, Weird Tales, or horror bookshelf. As well, the front cover has retained stunning color over the more than 90 years since this pulp first hit the stands. The red border and classic white logo both appear so crisp and clear. The Rankin bondage cover is salacious and haunting, with only a couple color breaking creases detracting from it. While there is stress along the overhang, this is very standard for pulps, especially ones from before 1930. This is a great copy of a classic key issue, and would be a great buy, especially before the pulp market becomes even more competitive.