Hyborian Legion

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A club for fans of Conan and other fantasy heroes. Amra was the club fmz. Until some time in the 80s there was a muster of the Hyborian Legion — a big discussion group in a room somewhere — at every Worldcon. Regulars included L. Sprague de Camp, Poul Anderson, Fritz Leiber, George Scithers, and others.

The Hyborian Legion was formed by twelve fans on 12 November 1955 (long before heroic fantasy was an important part of the genre) at a meeting in Philadelphia. The original officers were:

King of Aquilonia Marty Greenberg
Royal Chancellor George Heap
Count of Poitain John D. Clark
Royal Sorcerer Oswald Train
Royal Chronicler L. Sprague de Camp
Commander of the Black Dragons Manny Staub

Volume 1 of Amra was an occasional newsletter of Legion activities published by George Heap who also published the Hyborian Times and the Hyborian Legion Bulletin.

In the early 60s it seems to have sponsored a Bronze Hammer Award at Worldcon art shows for the best artwork with a heroic fantasy theme.

At Tricon in 1966, the Legion created a Guild of Artisans (its patron was St. John of Barsoom) and elected Frank Frazetta and all winners of the Heroic Fantasy Art Award as members. It also created Glenn Lord as "Mayor of the Palace of Tarantia". Martin Greenberg was still King of Aquilonia.

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