P. Craig Russell Conan
P. Craig Russell, 2005, Conan Jewels of Gwahlur
P. Craig Russell's adaptation of the Robert Howard story "The Servants of Bit-Yakin" (which was first published in 1935 in Weird Tales) published by Dark Horse as Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur performs the task which certain Conan artists achieve when they take on the character: they make Conan (and the story in general) seem smarter. Barry Smith achieved this during his famous original run on the series (Roy Thomas writing) and there are other instances of this. Often Conan becomes a hulking brute under the pen of most artists (perhaps the best being John Buscema who gave Conan a rough intelligence, but lacking all of the introspection and grace of Barry Smith's version contained).
P. Craig Russel's effort for Dark Horse is an elegant Conan tale in places and thoughtful in others, and altogether has smooth and transparent story-telling.
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