Original illustration for Conan the Barbarian book by Robert E. Howard
Some unique and rare items in the dealers room and the auctions:
Short Stories 1914 July issue, with a Sax Rohmer story in it
Unusual photo collage cover for The Popular Magazine, January 1907
New Detective Magazine, February 1946 Moral of the story: You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
Robert Bloch letter to Sam Peeples, one of two in the auction
Early issue of Illustrated Novelets, soon to become North-West Romances
Amazing Stories issue containing the first Buck Rogers story and one instalment of the Skylark of Space serial
Black Aces, the rarely seen, short-lived competition for Black Mask from Fiction House
The Orchidengaarten, first fantasy magazine
Auction material this year was from the collection of Glenn Lord, and was focused on Robert E. Howard’s work. It was impressive to see Howard’s lifetime body of work in Weird Tales, Action Stories, Fight Stories and Golden Fleece. I was informed by a reliable source that what we saw in the auction was the tip of the iceberg in a Texas size collection, so perhaps there will be more in future.
Talk: The secret origins of Weird Tales by John Locke – Great talk, new information on the early years of Weird Tales, the partnerships, the people and the feuds. Looking forward to the upcoming book which should have more details.