"Red Nails" continues to be my favorite Conan the Barbarian tale for its breath and scale. It was also the last Conan novella Robert E. Howard wrote. It's featured in the Conan the Warrior paperback and The Conquering Sword of Conan trade paperback. Barry Windsor-Smith was really coming into his own at this time. It was so marvelous that I have most all of these books in my personal collection. Not to overlook the Dark Horse Savage Sword Conan Volume One on my Kindle.
|From the inside front cover.|
"Red Nails Part One"
Conan and Valeria enter a mysterious walled city. After they become separated, Valeria discovers that the city is indeed inhabited.
"Red Nails Part Two The Lurker From the Catacombs"
Conan and Valeria are hired by Prince Olmec to defend his side of the strange walled city.
"Red Nails Part Three He Comes From the Dark"
Princess Tascela plans to sacrifice Valeria and use her blood to retain Tascela's youth.
Adapted With Aplomb by Roy Thomas & Barry Smith.
Adapted from the short story by Robert E. Howard.
|The inside back cover, concluded from the inside front cover.|
|The fantastic back cover to the Treasury edition. This piece really deserved the large format.|
Part Two & Three of "Red Nails" were reprinted from Savage Tales #3, originally black and white in the magazine. These early issues of Savage Tales were fantastic, the best! Don't worry, I will be continuing, if not concluding this post next week.
Marvel Comics presented "Red Nails" in Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian #1. It was a great Baxter paper comic book reprinting the story in color.
|Back to black and white in this great magazine!|
|It was nice to get all the stories together, but the coloring was not my favorite treatment. Call me old fashioned.|
|Red Nails & Red Sonja, what a treat!|
|Back to the black and white again, this I also have on my Kindle!|
Dark Horse also reprinted "Red Nails" in a huge, black and white trade paperback, Savage Sword of Conan #1.
|The slipcover to the massive Archives edition!|
|You can find some clips of the movie on You Tube.|
I was looking forward to an animated movie of "Red Nails" but I don't know how far production got. Looks like it died somewhere along the line.
|Looking forward to this motion picture. Arnold is Conan!|
Live Large My Friends!
|Again, I wish this had been completed and released. I would have picked it up in a heart beat.|
|The 14.5" tall Conan the Barbarian statue I cherish!|
|Barry Windsor-Smith's Gorblimey Press print of Valeria. Stunning!|