|Artist(s):||Steve Gan, Inker|
|Media Type:||Pen and Ink|
|Art Type:||Interior Page|
|Added to Site:||7/3/2017|
I have never seen any published pages from this issue inked by the Tribe. Only 4 original pages from this issue done on heavy stock (like this page) have ever appeared on the market. I contacted Steve Gan and he verified drawing this original. Since he had access to John's pencils before Tony had someone take them back (story below). Steve inked this page on a separate piece of bristol but its very close to John's pencils. The second image has a scan of the published page next to a scan of this page. As you can see the inks are very close. The history behind this issue and the previous issue is a bit strange. The previous issue (#64) was a fill in issue interiors drawn by Starlin/Milgrom story title is "The Scerete of Skull River!" but the cover is entitled "Fiends of the Feathered Serpent" drawn by John Buscema/Mike Esposito. Issue #65 has "Fiends of the Feathered Serpent!" drawn by John Buscema/Steve Gan but cover titled "Rage in a Land Beyond Time!". In "The Chronicles of Conan Volume 9” Roy Thomas talks about what happened: "‘The pages of John’s pencils, all written and lettered, were mailed to the Philippines, as in the several preceding months. Only, this time, they didn’t seem to be coming back. When we inquired somewhat frantically by phone or telegram what the hell had happened, we were told that somehow inker Steve Gan had “fallen in love” with Buscema’s pencils for the “Feathered Serpent” story (they were more than usually spectacular, I recall) and had found himself unwilling either to ink it, or to turn it back over to the DeZuniga studio. At last, we were informed, someone went and retrieved the pages from Steve – there was a hint of the threat of force in the enterprise – and the story wound up being inked by “The Tribe”, which basically meant the talented Tony DeZuniga himself and whatever other inkers he could corral to help him at short notice. “
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