Here is an update on the Kull hardcover that Rusty Burke recently posted on the REHupa website:
Bill Schafer of Subterranean Press reports that the slipcases for their edition of Kull: Exile of Atlantis are reported to be on their way to him, and the books are finished and ready to go, so as soon as he gets the slipcases the books will start going out, possibly by the end of this week.
The books are the same size as the Wandering Star editions (6.25? x 9.25?), smythe sewn (not glued), printed on 80# Finch Opaque paper, with the dust jacketsprinted on 100# enamel. The slipcases, as with the WS editions, will have artwork pasted onto them. Unlike the WS editions, the Subterraneans will have a portfoliosection for the color art in the back of the book, rather than having it interspersed throughout. Bill says that would have been too expensive, and he wanted to keep the price of the books down. For the same reason, the top edges are not gilded. Anyone who has seen Subterranean’s books knows they do beautiful editions.
Justin Sweet used the opportunity of this edition to touch up a few of the color and b&w pieces. You can see samples of some of the color plates at the Subterranean Press Kull page. Owners of the Wandering Star editions have an opportunity to get the same numbers with the Subterranean editions, but you’d better act quickly, since unclaimed numbers may be shipped, and of course at that point they’ll be irretrievable. The limited edition is selling for $150, the 50-copy leather bound deluxe edition for $400. (I understand the deluxe edition is nearly sold out. -D) The next volume will be The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume One: Crimson Shadows, which they’ve begun work on. The specs will be the same, though Bill adds that he’s commissioned the Keegans to produce color artwork which will be exclusive to the Subterranean edition. With luck, it will be published around the end of this year, or early next. (Unfortunately there is a major hold-up on the final Conan volume. -D)