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Lin Carter

Lin Carter

Linwood Carter, Lin Carter




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Place of Birth
St. Petersburg , Florida , United States of America

Place of Death
Montclair, New Jersey

Date of Birth
Date of Death

June 9, 1930
February 7, 1988

Personal History

Circa 1974, Lin Carter lived in Hollis, New York.[1]

Professional History


Lin Carter was a fantasy, horror, and science fiction writer.

He wrote a number of stories about Conan and Kull, creations of Robert E. Howard, including original works and stories written from unfinished fragments, some in collaboration with L. Sprague de Camp. He also participated to the Cthulhu Mythos, pastiching H.P. Lovecraft.

He created his own character of sword-and-sorcery, Thongor of Lost Lemuria, similar to Conan in many ways.

Marvel Comics

Lin Carter a major script writer for the Spider-Man 1967 TV series.

In the end of the 1960s, Roy Thomas looked into licensing other characters, and thought of Conan (though he wasn't a fan at the time). He was given by Martin Goodman $150 an issue to offer as a license to acquire a character. Thomas though the Robert E. Howard estate would not accept such as small sum.[2] He instead went to Lin Carter for his character Thongor the Barbarian, who didn't accepted the $150 licensing fee.

Roy Thomas finally returned to the Robert E. Howard estate, who accepted an offer.[3] Marvel did only obtain the rights to the REH material, but not for the subsequent pastiches written by L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter and others.[4]

Conan and Kull works written or completed by Lin Carter were also adapted:

Cover of #22 (March, 1973), first appearance of Thongor

Thongor was eventually adapted in Creatures on the Loose #22 (March, 1973) to #29 (May, 1974).

Lin Carter also wrote articles, such as "Digging Up Atlantis" in Haunt of Horror #2 (August, 1973), or "Neo Witchcraft" in Tales of the Zombie Vol 2 #1 (March, 1974).

Unreleased adaptations


After the end of the end of the adaptation of The Wizard of Lemuria and of the Marvel series of Thongor's adventures, in Creatures on the Loose #29 (May, 1974) it was stated that Marvel would be taking a break to look at sales figures and the strip itself to see the pros and cons of the run, to determine if the series should be reinstated or not. The readers were urged to write to give their opinion, and if they wanted to see more tales of Thongor, in a color comics format or in black-and-white magazines, etc.[1]

In the introduction header to the article "Chronicles of the Sword: An Informal History of Sword-And-Sorcery, by Lin Carter" in Savage Sword of Conan #2 (October, 1974), it was stated that more of Thongor's adventures would be adapted soon, but none have been published so far.[5]

Jandar of Callisto

Another of his creations, Jandar of Callistro, was announced to be appearing in the magazine World Unknown,[5] but the title was cancelled after issue #8, and didn't included any adaptations of Lin Carter's stories.

Work History

Images Attributed to Lin Carter


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See Also

Official Website

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Links and References


  1. 1.0 1.1 Creatures on the Loose #28; Creatures Features (letter page) Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Creatures Features (letter page)" defined multiple times with different content
  2. CBR: How Conan the Barbarian Became a Marvel Comics Phenomenon
  3. CBR: How Conan the Barbarian Became a Marvel Comics Phenomenon - Page 2: How Marvel Nearly Ended Up with Tongor (Really) the Barbarian
  4. Savage Sword of Conan #59; The City Of Skulls' preface
  5. 5.0 5.1 Savage Sword of Conan #2: Chronicles of the Sword: An Informal History of Sword-And-Sorcery, by Lin Carter
  6. Starr the Slayer at the Appendix

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