Post by bobbyderie on Jul 14, 2018 16:16:13 GMT -5
In the time before Marvel first graced Conan with a fur thong and horned helmet...
In December 1968, the "Texas Trio" adapted Robert E. Howard's "Gods of the North" to comics. It was the first English-language comic adaptation, though there had been some inspired-bys like Crom the Barbarian, and the Mexicans had been publishing La Reina de la Costa Negra since the 50s. One thing not everybody remembers, though, is that in the following issues (#15, May 1969), came the fan response...including Glenn Lord's explanation of the writing/publishing history of "Gods of the North," a brief letter from Robert Bloch, and a much longer letter from a very young George R. R. Martin, who in assigning which place he judged the contents fell, wrote:
Fourth was Gods of the North. Cripes, fellas, if you wanted to adapt a Howard story, there are dozens upon dozens that are far better than this potboiler. Why didn't you pick a Conan story? Or, if you wanted a non-series work, why not "Pigeons from Hell"? That was a real masterpiece. - George R. R. Martin, STAR-STUDDED COMICS #15, May 1969