Kull always seemed like a Conan-clone to me, but I love Solomon Kane and El Borak. SK is a dark paladin type, off trying to save people and rid the world of evil. El Borak (Francis X Gordon) is a pure adventurer who seems more driven by the thrill of the adventure than a strict moral code.
I like both, but voted SK.
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Kull is the first one I read (even before Conan), actually the only one I read as a kid, so, I have to go with him.
My impression is that Conan is a Kull clone, not the other way around. But the characters seem different to me, perhasp mainly because IIRC effectively all of Kull’s adventures are as a king, whereas most of Conan’s adventures are prior to becoming a king. This is probably well known, but, the Conan story “The Phoenix on the Sword” is a reworking of the Kull story “By This Axe I Rule!”.
I'll go with Conan and Red Nails, but I haven't read the others.
You should branch out, expand your horizons.
You're right. I'm just finishing up the 5 volume CAS, and I'll never be the same. It could be time for Kull and Solomon Kane. If I was a hedonist, I'd read KE Wagner's Kane again, but that too changes a person. Fortunately, there is only enough time for some choices over others.
I know what you mean about CAS. I 'discovered' him late (about 8 years ago) and was engrossed, collecting and reading all the 'collected fantasies' books (which set me back some $$). Lately I have only been reading on a kindle and was jonesing for some CAS to read again and found a cool collection for 55 cents last night (MEGAPACK vol.6; Clark Ashton Smith)
Solomon Kane - there aren't really that many stories so it wouldn't cost you much to find a paperback collection book and read them. SK was written prior to Conan by REH and printed in Weird Tales etc beforehand also. I did collect the Centaur press 3 volume set with the Jeff Jones art, but don;t really recommend these copies as reading copies as they are very fragile www.amazon.com/SOLOMON-Complete-Centaur-Press-Time-Lost/dp/7890100701
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