“Hail The Barbarians!”
By Roy Thomas

An editorial on what this magazine is about. That thanks to Roy leaving the editor in chief position he has more time to directly edit comics and managed to sell a title dedicated to Robert E. Howard’s other creations. Kull will be the main lead with Red Sonja, Solomon Kane etc.

“A King Comes Riding!”
Writer: Roy Thomas based on story by Robert E. Howard
Artists: Ross Andru and Wally Wood

A reprint of Kull the Conqueror #1

“The Shadow Kingdom”
Writer: Roy Thomas based on story by Robert E. Howard
Artists: Marie and John Severin

A reprint of Kull the Conqueror #2

“The Valley of the Worm!”
Writer: Roy Thomas and Garry Conway based on adaptation of Robert E Howard story.
Artists: Gil Kane and Ernie Chua

James Allison lies dying on his death bed. He tells of his past life as Niord. Niord was leading the Aesgard south after some great cataclysm before recorded history. They fight a battle with the Picts and Niord knocks a brave warrior out that he spares. This warrior named Gorm manages to make peace between the tribes and becomes Niord’s friend. A group of the Aesgard decides to go set up a village in a valley that the Picts say is inhabited by a beast. Niord goes to visit this village and finds its people massacred. He vows revenge. First he kills a giant snake and takes its venom to coat his arrows. Then he confronts the creature which turns out to be a giant worm. He slays it at the cost of his own life.

“King Kull A Retrospective”
By Fred Blosser
Art by Roy G. Krenkel

A review of the lance paperback that came out in the sixties. It collected all of Howard’s Kull stories plus some finished by Lin Carter.

So this short lived magazine had great potential. Anything with Robert E. Howard is bound to be interesting. Add to that Roy Thomas being in charge. He has a great love for Howard’s works. Sadly this first issue was mainly reprints. Good reprints but still reprints from the color comics which I would assume any fan would already have.

The third story appeared in some issue I never read so it was new to me. It is considered to be Howard’s best work and I enjoyed it. Niord was typical Howard barbarian. A brave warrior who takes on both hordes of savage men and beasts. Definitely top quality work.

Thankfully the next issue would have more original content.

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