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In 1976, Jonathan Bacon acquired a photocopy of #10 (again by Joma) dated October 27, 1965 from Bill Blackbeard at the San Francisco Academy of Art and reproduced it in full for his contribution to the APA fanzine REHupa #21. Bacon mentions the story of De Camp contacting Joma for the first La Reina de la Costa Negra time in print and notes that it #2 (EMA 1958) was believed that there were around forty issues printed. That same year, Glenn Lord, the executor of the Howard estate, mentioned the series in his Howard bio-bibliography The Last Celt, noting that at least forty-five issues were published by Joma in 1965-66. In 1978, the larger comic book community became aware of the series for the first time when Fred Blosser wrote an article for Savage Sword of Conan #26 describing a copy of La Reina de la Costa Negra #15 he had acquired from Roy Thomas. After seeing Blosser’s article, Menville wrote Marvel again. This time Thomas was very interested in his information and made him aware of Bacon’s discovery. This Fred Blosser's article in Savage Sword #26 led to Menville writing his own article (in Savage Sword #44) about his research into the series and more of the pieces began to fall into place. Menville also noted that issue 16 was a partial adaptation of the original "Queen of the Black Coast" story. So by the late 1970s, several researchers had begun to compare notes and put together the story behind these interesting comics. It appeared at that point that La Reina de la Costa Negra had begun as a weekly series published for a few issues by E.M.A in 1958. Then after a gap of seven years the title had resumed in 1965, this time by Joma, with the break La Reina de la Costa Negra #31 (Joma 1966) in publication occurring somewhere between #4 and #10. This remained the extent of the knowledge about these curious comics for the next two decades. Over the years a few more issues were discovered, but it was not until the advent of the internet and eBay that enough issues began to surface to fill in the gaps in the story. It turns out that the Joma series in 1965-66 was not a continuation of the E.M.A. run in 1958, but a completely different series with separate numbering. Then it was discovered that "La Reina de la Costa Negra" had first appeared even earlier in 1952 as a feature in an an- The Queen of the Black Coast by Marvel and Dark Horse Marvel Conan #58 Page 4 Marvel Conan #100 Dark Horse Conan #1 Dark Horse Conan #2