The Four Ages, not having any such complicated themes other than plain symbols relating to Conan, has never had to be misunderstood. There was to be an article/plug for the Ages in Marvel's Savage Sword magazine. Disagreements caused it to be scrapped shortly before press time, the four pictures being reproduced mostly full size and possibly creating a reversal of the plan to invite people to buy them; after all, why should they if one can get them free with a comic magazine? Also the text was 90% concerned with the aforementioned wink wink, is this Conan or isn't it? nudge nudge syndrome, which I found annoying as nothing was being said, in any honest fashion, about the quality or standard of my 2 months work on the designs. We never got the valuable plug in Marvel Comics, but we sold out anyway.

Although this precis concerns only a year gone, so much has been crammed and shoved into that year that I consider anything backwards of four months ago The Old Days. When we started this company, on the minimal budget of about 500 dollars, each day began with a crisis and ended that way too.

  And between were strangely long, sometimes infuriatingly short, days of sparkling creative effort. Linda Lessmann, who created this book as well as Shelf Stuff, most of the better ads you see knocking around and does almost all of the business end of GbP, kept her own head together enough to allow me to function as the artist I was trying to be, not the artist I was. Today we can smile about our blunders past and present. A picture I consider to be the greatest blunder to date (with the exception of all the material we've been perspicacious enough not to publish—there's stacks of it) is Judgement of the Dead, by the Living. It was an attempt to be bona fide arty. Stupidly, at the time, I thought that dropping the hard line style (i.e. comic art style inking, after a strange fashion) would elevate the general impression of GbP in that direction. The picture simply occurred to me one day, and as I'd just purchased an original mezzotint of a painting that same day (a beautiful J.W. Waterhouse), the combination of the idea and my fabulous purchase influenced me to the point where Judgement had to look like a mezzo' of a 'proper' painting.