A Fallen (Wandering) Star

A copy of The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane recently sold for $83.00 on eBay.  This Genesis of the Wandering Star series of luxury Howard books has indeed fallen on hard times.  A few years back these were selling for $500 – $700 on eBay.  Why the drastic drop, you ask.  It’s simple, supply and demand.  With the premature demise of Wandering Star (indeed before the final Conan volume was published) and the publication of Del Rey’s trade paperback edition, suddenly everyone has a copy that wants one.  Granted, Wandering Star left us with a blueprint for the Del Rey books, but it also left us with an unfinished library of expensive books — a cardinal sin to collectors who shelled out big bucks for the series.  While it appears unlikely, I’d like to see the last Conan volume published.  The beautiful color paintings by Greg Manchess deserve to be seen in the context of the book.