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COMIC LEGEND: In response to Neal Adams drawing a monster with a mouth that looked like female genitalia, Roy Thomas had John Buscema draw a monster that had, in effect, testicles.
In the history of Conan the Barbarian, Neal Adams only penciled a single issue, 1974’s Conan the Barbarian #37.
In the issue, Conan faces a monster (as he is wont to do). Adams decided that the mouth of the monster would appear to be female genitalia (it makes these next few pages extra bizarre)…
Thomas noticed, of course, but figured, eh, if the Comics Code misses it, he would let Adams “sneak” it by him.
Thomas didn’t want to let the incident pass without ANY response, though, so in Conan #45, penciled by John Buscema, Thomas had Buscema add these two circular objects to the monster that Conan was fighting in the issue (as Conan was wont to do). Warning, if you’re a man, these next couple of pages might make you wince a bit…
Thomas presumes Buscema understood what Thomas had asked him to add to the monster design, but if he knew or not, Buscema was too much of an old pro to comment on it either way.
Thanks again to Roy Thomas for the information from Chronicles of Conan (Volume 7, this time around).
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