Mark Schultz is one of best and most popular illustrators working today! He publishes frequently with Fleske publishers and his XENOZOIC tales are hugely popular. He's done work for DARK HORSE comics and DC, but I first discovered him with the publication of Volume 1 of the deluxe book series published by Wandering Star — ROBERT E. HOWARD's — CONAN OF CIMMERIA cycle. Shultz set the tone and standard for the series by illustrating the first book in 2002 — WOW! How time flies!!I remember seeing the original black and white artwork at San Diego ComicCon and was completely blown away with its beauty and passion! Unfortunately all I could afford at the time were a few preliminaries.The piece I offer here is pg. 23 —"Who dies first?", Conan grinned mirthlessly and ferociously. A pencilled preliminary. Shultz's prelims are so polished and detailed that you have to look twice to be sure what's-what! Compare it to the finished pen & ink. The piece measures 8-1/2 x 11 and is signed in pencil with his exuberant signature!