Hello to all the Story Empire readers! Today is Book Cover Friday and I get the honor of sharing a cover or two of interest. I tend to lean toward sharing covers from fantasy and science fiction since those are my favorite genres.
Today, I’m reaching into the way-back machine and pulling out what was a staple of Ace’s fantasy line from 1966-1977: Conan. These books included both original short stories about the sword and sorcery fiction hero written by Robert E. Howard. During this time, L. Sprague de Camp edited the series of short fiction while he and Lin Carter added a few originals of their own.
Back in the day in my late teens, I read through these books which included some classic fantasy tales, which when originally published, were ground-breaking for the pulp genre. Included in Ace’s run with the books were covers of the twelve books done by Frank Fanzetta. The artwork conveyed both the elements of sword and sorcery, usually with plenty of action and some sort of magical element.
One cover I share today is book 2 in the Ace series, Conan of Cimmeria, which depicts Conan fighting a couple of giants. The other is Conan the Usurper which features Conan fighting a huge serpent. Both are based on stories in the books and are excellent examples of artwork clearly conveying the theme of the genre.
Thanks for reading today. Please leave your thoughts and share your favorite Conan cover if you have (assuming you’ve read these previously). Otherwise, please share a cover which you feel present fantasy or some other genre accurately.