Tag Archives: Jim Keegan

Pulp Crazy – The Valley of the Worm by Robert E. Howard

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast.119.mp3

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing The Valley of the Worm by Robert E. Howard. The Valley of the Worm first appeared in the February 1934 issue of Weird Tales. I read it in The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Red Shadows published by Del Rey books.

The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1 Crimson Shadows is fully illustrated by Jim and Ruth Keegan. I first discovered their work in the Dark Horse Conan comics, they’re strip, The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob appears in every issue of the Robert E. Howard comics, usually at the bottom of the letters column.

Jim and Ruth were kind enough to allow me to use their unpublished painting of Niord and the Worm on the episode title card. As usual, I think the two completely nailed it. You can see more of their work on their Two-Gun Blog.

The Valley of the Worm is one of Howard’s James Allison reincarnation tales. I previously discussed “Marchers of Valhalla”, another James Allison story in a previous Pulp Crazy episode. The Valley of the Worm has a dying and depressed James Allison recalling his past life as a warrior. In this tale, he is Niorm, later referred to as Niorm Worm-bane, an Aesir warrior. It seems like The Valley of the Worm may take place during the Hyborian Age or possible following it.

The tale begins with Niord and his tribe traveling south into Africa. In Africa they come across a clan of Picts who have migrated there as well. The two groups do battle, with the Aesir being victorious. In a rare moment of mercy, Niord spares a Pict named Grom. Grom recuperates with the Aesir, but eventually leaves to return to his tribe.

 

Links:

Purchase The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Crimson Shadows: http://tinyurl.com/pbo6una

 

Read “The Valley of the Worm” at Project Gutenberg Australia: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601791.txt

 

Jim & Ruth Keegan’s Two-Gun Blog: http://twogunblog.blogspot.com/

 

Read the Valley of the Worm comic book adaptation: http://swords-and-veeblefetzers.blogspot.com/2011/06/supernatural-thrillers-3-robert-e.html

 

Bloodstar at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodstar

 

The Valley of the Worm thread on the REH Forums: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=5283

 

PulpFest 2012 – The Illustrated Conan

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/conanartpanel.mp3

 

First installment of the celebration of Robert E. Howard’s birthmonth at Pulp Crazy.

From Pulpfest 2012 – The Illustrated Conan Panel – Jim and Ruth Keegan, along with Mark Schultz, offer a look at Conan of Cimmeria as depicted by various illustrators over the last eight decades and offer a modern perspective on illustrating Robert E. Howard’s immortal character.

True to the theme of the panel, there was art present via a slideshow. I have compiled some images via Google Images that I believe are the pictures used, or fairly close. I do not own any of these images, I have just put them on PulpCrazy’s server for preservation against possible future dead links.

Mike Neno’s website has a picture of this panel: http://eventized.blogspot.com/2012/08/pulpfest-2012-day-iii.html

Jim Keegan was kind enough to provide his original slides below:

 

These were my best guesses prior to Jim sending me the actual sliders. Click on the images below while listening to the panel if you would like. I put them in order as best as I could.

(I can’t remember the exact Frazetta’s shown.)

Frank Frazetta:

http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/001%20-%20Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002%20-%20Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002a-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002b-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002c-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002d-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002e-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002f-Frazetta.jpg

(These are my best guesses for pictures used on the following artists)

John Buscema: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/003-Buscema.jpg
Barry Windsor Smith: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/003-%20BWS.jpg
Jeff Jones: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/004-Jeff%20Jones.jpg
Bernie Wrightson: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/005-Bernie%20Wrightson.jpg
Alex Toth: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/006-Alex%20Toth.jpg
Jack Kirby: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/007-Jack%20Kirby.jpg
John Byrne: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/008-John%20Byrne.jpg
Mike Mignola: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/009-Mike%20Mignola.jpg
Bill Sienkiewicz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/010-BillS.jpg
Wally Wood: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/011-WallyW.jpg

(I can’t remember what the worst Conan cover was, or the context)
Margaret Brundage:

http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/012-brundagea.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/012-brundageb.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/012-brundagec.jpg

Jayem Wilcox: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/013-jayemwilcox.jpg

Harold S. Delay – Weird Tales – Red Nails:
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/014-RedNailsWT-HS%20Delay.png
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/014-RednailsWTb.png
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/014-RedNailsWTc.png

Hugh Rankin – Weird Tales:

http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/015-hughrankin.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/015-hughrankina.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/015-hughrankinb.jpg
Fantastic Worlds: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/016-FantasticWorlds.jpg

Unable to find the Red Ruin Logo from the REHUPA Mailings

Wandering Star Editions: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/018-WanderingStar.jpg
Frank Kelly Freas: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/019-FrankKellyFreas.jpg
Edward M. Shmeller (SP?): http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/020-EdwardMShmeller.jpg
Jim & Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/021-Jim&Ruth.jpg
Gary Gianni: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/022-Gianni.jpg
Gregory Manchess: http://pulpcrazy.com…PirateConan.png
Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/024-Schultza.jpg
Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/024-SchultzSketch.jpg
N.C. Wyeth: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/025-NCWyeth.jpg  (This may not be the image shown at the panel)
Frank Leyendecker: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/026-Frank%20Leyendecker.jpg  (This may not be the image shown at the panel)
John Allen St. John: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/027-J.%20Allen%20St.John%20WT.jpg
Jack Dempsey: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/028-Dempsey.jpg
Harry Houdini: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/029-Houdini.jpg
Eugen Sandow: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/030-Sandow.jpg
Douglas Fairbanks: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/031-Fairbanks.jpg
Keegan Scan of Muscle REH: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/032-REHKreeganScan.jpg

Jim and Ruth Keegan Conan Pin-Up: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/033-JimRuthConan-Pinup.jpg

Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/033b-JimRuthConanb.jpg

Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/033c-JimRuthConana.jpg

Jim and Ruth Keeganhttp://pulpcrazy.com/reh/033-JimRuthBlackstone.jpg
Fritz Lang’s Siegfried: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/034-FritzLangSiegfried.jpg

John Gilbert; http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/036-JohnGilbert.jpg

Unable to locate an image of the exact Two Gun Bob Strip they talk about featuring Gilbert.

Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/038-MarkQueen.jpg
Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/039-MarkDustJacket.jpg

(I do not have images for all the in between steps of the Swordwoman Cover by John Watkiss. Just the initial and final result)

John Watkiss initial cover: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/040-JohnWatkiss.png
John Watkiss final cover: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/041-JohnWatkiss.jpg
Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/042-Schultz.jpg
Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/043-JimRuth.jpg
Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/044-JimRuth.jpg
Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/045-JimRuth.jpg
Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/046-JimRuth.jpg

Links:

Jim & Ruth Keegan’s Two Gun Blog: http://twogunblog.blogspot.com/

Jim & Ruth Keegan at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/kr5y854

Mark Schultz Collections: http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/category&path=18_67

(I wasn’t able to find a website for Mark)

Robert E. Howard Foundation: http://www.rehfoundation.org/

Conan.com Forums: http://www.conan.com/invboard/