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{{Marvel Database:Staff Template | Image = Linwood Carter.jpg | RealName = Linwood Vrooman Carter | Pseudonyms = Linwood Carter, Lin Carter | Employers = Marvel Comics | Titles = Writer

| Gender = Male | DateOfBirth = June 9, 1930 | PlaceOfBirth = U.S.A., Florida, St. Petersburg | DateOfDeath = February 7, 1988 | PlaceOfDeath = Montclair, New Jersey | NotableCreations = Thongor, Jandar of Callisto, Juma (with L. Sprague de Camp) | First =

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

| ProfessionalHistory =

Author

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:

  • "The Hand of Nergal!" (1967), a Conan story by Lin Carter and Robert E. Howard, in Conan the Barbarian #30 (September, 1973).
  • "Black Abyss" (1967), a Kull story by Lin Carter and Robert E. Howard (originally "Black Abyss" by Robert E. Howard), in " The Beast from the Abyss", Savage Sword of Conan #2 (October, 1974).
  • "Death-Song of Conan the Cimmerian" (1972), a Conan poem by Lin Carter, in Savage Sword of Conan #8 (October, 1975).
  • "The Curse of the Monolith" (1968), a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, in Savage Sword of Conan #33 (September, 1978).
  • "The Lair of the Ice Worm" (1969), a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, in Savage Sword of Conan #34 (October, 1978).
  • "Black Tears" (1968), a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, in Savage Sword of Conan #35 (November, 1978).
  • "The Thing in the Crypt!", a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, in Conan the Barbarian #92 (November, 1978).
  • "Legions of the Dead" (1978), a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, in Savage Sword of Conan #39 (April, 1979).
  • "Conan the Buccaneer" (1971), a Conan novel written by L. Sprague de Camp and Carter, was adapted in Savage Sword of Conan #40, 41, 42, and 43 (May to August, 1979).
  • "The Gem In the Tower" (1978), a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, in Savage Sword of Conan #45 (October, 1979).
  • "Moon of Blood" (1978), a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, in Savage Sword of Conan #46 (November, 1979).
  • "The Snout in the Dark" (1969), a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter and Robert E. Howard, was adapted in Conan the Barbarian #106 and 107 (January and February, 1980).
  • "Conan the Liberator" (1979), a Conan novel written by L. Sprague de Camp and Carter, was adapted in Savage Sword of Conan #49, 50, 51, and 52 (February to May, 1980).
  • "The Witch of the Mists" (1972), a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, in King Conan #1 (March, 1980).
  • "The Black Sphinx of Nebthu" (1973), a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, in King Conan #2 (June, 1980).
  • "Wizard and Warrior" (1967), a Kull story by Lin Carter and Robert E. Howard, in Savage Sword of Conan #55 (August, 1980).
  • "Red Moon of Zembabwei" (1974), a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, in King Conan #3 (September, 1980).
  • "Shadow in the Skull" (1975), a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, in King Conan #4 (December, 1980).
  • "The City of Skulls" (1967), a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, Savage Sword of Conan #59 (December, 1980)
  • "The Ivory Goddess" (1978), a Conan story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, in Savage Sword of Conan #60 (January, 1981)
  • "Conan of the Isles" (1968), a Conan novel written by L. Sprague de Camp and Carter, was adapted, the first part, "Red Shadows and Black Kraken!", published in Conan the Barbarian Annual #7 (1982), and the complete adaptation in Conan of the Isles (Marvel Graphic Novel #42; 1988).

[[File:Creatures on the Loose Vol 1 22.jpg|thumb|right|310px|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 #1 (March, 1974).

Unreleased adaptations

Thongor

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.

| Notes = | Trivia = * The character Len Carson, creator of Starr the Slayer (a trial run for Conan the Barbarian), both appearing in Chamber of Darkness #4 (April, 1970) by Roy Thomas and Barry Smith, was possibly named as a reference to Lin Carter, creator of Thongor of Lost Lemuria,[6] another barbarian quite similar to Conan.

| OfficialWebsite = | Links = * Lin Carter at Wikipedia

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  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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