DescriptionGil Kane Kull the Destroyer #21 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1977). In August 1927, Robert E. Howard rewrote his story "The Shadow Kingdom," and submitted it to Weird Tales. This story was an experiment with the entire concept of the "weird tale" horror fiction as defined by practitioners such as Edgar Allan Poe, A. Merritt, and H. P. Lovecraft -- mixing elements of fantasy, horror and mythology, with historical romance -- action and swordplay into thematic vehicles never before seen -- a new style of tale which ultimately became known as "sword and sorcery." Featuring Kull, a barbarian precursor to later Howard heroes such as Conan, the tale hit Weird Tales in August 1929, and received fanfare from readers. Weird Tales editor Farnsworth Wright bought the story for $100, the most Howard had earned for a story at this time, and several more Kull stories followed. However, all but two were rejected, convincing Howard not to continue the series. Far be it from Marvel Comics to neglect their opportunity to create a barbaric companion series to Conan, also done in the mighty Marvel manner. This show-stopping Gil Kane cover sensation has an image area of 9.75" x 15", and the art is in Very Good condition.
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