As they've been coming out, I've been collecting the Dark Horse reprints of the old Marvel Conan the Barbarian
comic series, written mostly by Roy Thomas, and have just finished volume twelve, which includes the end of the "Queen of the Black Coast" series.( Collapse )
The other thing that impresses me about the Roy Thomas works is the respect and attention to detail he pays to Howard's work. In just this one volume there are several examples of Howardian lore being used to drive or at least inform the story, such as the introduction of the sign of Jhebbel Sag (an offhand comment in Beyond the Black River
that Conan learned it from a kushite inspired Thomas to devote a whole story to the event during this time with Bêlit raiding the Black Coast).
Of course, Roy Thomas then went on to co-write the train-wreck of a script that is Conan the Destroyer
, which to a REH purist reads like someone took several works of Howard, de Camp, Lovecraft, and Chronicles of Gor
, tossed 'em in a blender, then threw out anything that required too much thinking or would get an R rating. (With the exception of the horrible "drunken campfire" scene, it's an enjoyable movie -- but other than name-dropping has absolutely nothing to do with Conan.) I'd be very interested to hear what he had to say about that.