"You see, girl, when a civilization begins to decay and die, the only thing men or women think about is the gratification of their body's desires. They become preoccupied with sex. It colors their laws, their religion – every aspect of their lives." Robert E. Howard.
In Marvel Treasury Edition #4, Conan the Barbarian's Red Nails was adapted by Roy Thomas, from the short story "Red Nails" by Robert E. (Ervin) Howard, the creator of Conan. The three part story was originally presented in Savage Tales #2 & #3.
So, without further ado, here's the conclusion of Conan the Barbarian in "Red Nails."
As noted in Roy Thomas' intro, the cover is taken from a Gorblimey Press portfolio with the artwork copyrighted in the indicia to Gorblimey Press. Smith founded his own company, The Gorblimey Press, to publish prints and graphic stories by himself and other artists.
"The Lurker from the Catacombs"
Conan the Barbarian and Valeria are hired by Prince Olmec to defend his side of the strange walled city.
Written by Roy (Alter Ego, The Avengers, Arak Son of Thunder) Thomas and illustrated by Barry (Weapon X, Rune, Unity) Windsor-Smith.
Roy Thomas' editorial explains the story was re-colored by Barry Windsor-Smith, with the assistance of Linda Lessman. Thomas also notes that Smith re-inked a page "here and there" while Thomas re-wrote a line or two.
|The Lancer & Ace edition were my first exposure reading Red Nails!|
|The lavish Berkely edition was not only published in paperback, but trade paperback and hardcover (with slipcover) editions as well! Great Ken Kelly poster!|
|By the way, in addition to this paperback, if you haven't read the tie-in novel to the Jason Momoa movie, you'd do well to read it. Michael A. Stackpole did one bang up job writing it. I recommend it!|
|Fine hardcover edition of Sanjulian fabulous illustrations of Robert E. Howard's powerful heroes. Highly Recommended!|
Live Large My Friends!
|Barry Smith's original cover to Conan the Barbarian #1, notice the sword.|
|One of the many covers showing the edited cover to Conan the Barbarian #1, notice the edited sword.|
|One of Barry Smith's popular pin-ups, Medusa of the Inhumans.|
|From Chamber of Darkness #4, Barry Smith's Conan tryout. Quickly emerging into the artist we know and love these days.|