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Kull: The Hate Witch
Published on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by

Preview on Dark Horse.com provides a nitty gritty five pages of Kull: The Hate Witch. Kull is a character created by Robert Howard. Howard is probably best remembered for Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja, but Kull was another hard fighting kingdom conqueror.

Kull is an action fantasy character with his own independent world. The world’s created by Howard are sparse yet detailed on the prose page. The worlds are built loosely on history from Turkey and Iraq, although are changed subtly by Howard’s Texas perspective. Like the better known Conan, fans and later writers have developed the world of Kull into a world that is ready for comic artist interpretation.

The Hate Witch
Writer: David Lapham
Penciller: Gabriel Guzman
Inker: Mariano Taibo
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: Fabio Cobiaco

In the preview, the world built by the collaboration of Gabriel Guzman, Mariano Taibo, and Dan Jackson looks fitting to Howard’s action fantasy adventure.

The character design for Kull is very Conan-esque. In my mind Kull was a slimmer warrior without the bulk commonly given to Conan, but I imagine everyone pictures him differently. For me, Kevin Sorbo as Kull worked well versus the Schwartzenager Conan (movies based on novels by Robert Jordan).

$3.50 for 32 pages of action and high fantasy adventure.

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Kull has found his way to the comic pages before. Dark Horse and Marvel have both used Kull. Kull may not be the house hold name that Conan has become, but he is another Robert Howard titular character.

2008 Dark Horse Kull


Marvel's version of Kull


Older Kull Comic

Comics tend to make Kull another visual version of Conan. Although, Kull the Conqueror was more introspective than the subsequent Conan, whose first appearance was in a re-write of a rejected Kull story. Kull’s stories were more fragmented than the later Conan stories. Kull first appeared in print in “The Shadow Kingdom” in Weird Tales (August, 1929). Kull was portrayed in the 1997 movie Kull the Conqueror by actor Kevin Sorbo loosely based on the same story, which was also translated to the comic genre by Dark Horse comics. Kull was a decedent of Atlantis, and became a slave, a pirate, a soldier, and later a king. Only three Kull short stories were published before Howard’s suicide in 1936. Like the other Howard characters, the literary estate made sure that Kull was given more time in print. Kull went on to have more stories without Robert Howard than he had had with the depressed Robert Howard.

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