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Happy birthday Robert E Howard, who was born on January 22, 1906 in Peaster, Texas and is famous for his sword and sorcery stories.

His most famous creations are Conan The Barbarian (1932) (Art by Frnak Frazetta), Solomon Kane (1928) (Art by Greg Staples), Kull The Conqueror (1929) (Art by Ken Kelly), Bran Mak Morn (1930) (Art by Frank Frazetta) and Red Sonya of Rogatino (1934) (Art by Jim Silke).

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City opened on 21 Oct. 1959. Frank Lloyd Wright had designed the building in 1944 and had to defend his unusual plan almost from the start, arguing that his plans made “the building and the painting an uninterrupted, beautiful symphony such as never existed in the World of Art before.” He never saw the opening, as Wright died in April 1959.

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Ladies and gentleman, get ready for the first look at one of the best (if not the best) ever surf movies ever made.

John John Florence presents “View From a Blue Moon” which took 3 years to make. It will also feature Nathan, Ivan and Alex Florence, Bruce Irons, Kiron Jabour, Albee Layer, Matt Meola, Eli Olson, Jamie O’Brien, Koa Rothman, Jordy Smith, Koa Smith, Frank Solomon and Filipe Toledo.

Take a look.

Video by Blake Kueny, in association with the the Brain Farm.

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Robert E. Howard Week: Spotlight on Solomon Kane

Since the pulp writer, Robert E. Howard, was born this week, I thought I’d take the opportunity to spotlight some of his characters.  First up is Solomon Kane, a dour English Puritan and “redresser of wrongs” who lived in the late 16th/ early 17th century.  The character first appeared in “Red Shadows”, a short story published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales in August 1928.  Solomon Kane made his first comic book appearance in Marvel’s black and white magazine, Monsters Unleashed in August 1973.

These comics (and many more) are part of the DuGarm Collection at the University of Iowa: Special Collections:

Marvel Premiere #33 (December 1976), cover by Howard Chaykin, Klaus Janson, and Danny Crespi

Marvel Premiere #34 (February 1977), cover by Howard Chaykin and John Romita

Sword of Solomon Kane #1 (September 1985), cover by Bret Blevins

Sword of Solomon Kane #2 (November 1985), cover by Kevin Nowlan

Sword of Solomon Kane #3 (January 1986), cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

Sword of Solomon Kane #4 (March 1986), cover by Mike Mignola

Sword of Solomon Kane #5 (May 1986), cover by Frank Cirocco

Sword of Solomon Kane #6 (July 1986), cover by Dan Green