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.
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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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Post by stevemitchell on Jul 22, 2020 16:45:06 GMT -6
Well, popular enough that Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, and Bran Man Morn have been in print pretty much continuously, from one company or another, either in the US or UK, since the 60s. Popular enough that Conan got three movies and a TV series, and Kull and Kane got one movie each. Popular enough that they've all had comic book adaptations. Popular enough that Conan and Kane have had complete RPGs, while Kull has recently debuted as a supplement to the Mophidius Conan game. Conan has also had a couple of board games. And they stay popular because the stories are d**n fine.