Long before Conan, Robert E. Howard created Kull of Atlantis (or Kull the Conqueror take your pick). The character wasn’t as well known, so when the Kull tale By This Axe I Rule was rejected by Weird Tales magazine, Howard reworked the character into the super famous
Arnold Schwarzennegar Conan. Now Clayburn Moore has created a new statue based on Howard’s Kull of Atlantis.
In an unprecedented deal for a licensed character sculpt, Clayburn Moore was given full creative freedom to design the look of the piece himself by Paradox Entertainment/Conan Properties, owners of the copyrights to Howard’s characters. As a general rule, licensors place strict demands on character merchandise, requiring that licensees adhere to specific imagery or to a specific artist’s rendition of the character. But confidence in Moore’s ability to do justice to Howard’s vision resulted in the unusual arrangement.
The Kull of Atlantis statue will be available for pre-order on July 25, with the expected release date of January 2008. Kull will sell for $249.
More Kull pics after the jump.