Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
He was loved.

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Good one. I always think of Roy with his 70s hairstyle.

My favourite stuff from Roy was Savage Sword of Conan. It really suited his overly verbose, descriptive skills with less emphasis on dialogue (which never struck me as one of his strengths). Most importantly, he had a great love for the character and knew when to use the original REH prose to build atmosphere. Roy basically built the sword and sorcerey comic genre.
Roy loved Conan so much that he wrote a "what if" where Conan slept with Roy's wife. That's dedication.

Among Conan fans, Roy is pretty much the only writer who "got" the source material.

His other stuff was hit or miss for me, like his avengers which could be great at times. Roy always struck me as more of an editor or idea man, who had a great love of continuity and comics history.

I"ll chime in on the "Conan fan" thing. When reading Conan stories, only the original Robert E. Howard stuff and Roy's ring true for me on the characters. Even the L. Sprague DeCamp and Lin Carter "Adaptations" of Howard's work are a hair off.

I think its because everyone else tries to make Conan deeper or more complex than he is.

Coupled with the Buscema art, it was perfection for the character.


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