While surfing the net in search of more Hodgson items, I stumbled across a website that claims a marginal influence by Hodgson upon a Conan story!
The story in question, “The Snout in the Dark”, was actually a fragment written by Robert E. Howard. It was later expanded into a story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter and subsequently published in 1969 by Lancer in the paperback collection CONAN OF CIMMERIA. The story was subsequently adapted by Roy Thomas (writer) and John Buscema (artist) in the Marvel comic book, CONAN THE BARBARIAN #106-107 (1980).
Now, the story is one of your basic “Conan fights sorcerer” type plot. During the antics, the wizard sends a demon monster to kill Conan and his “girl of the story”. According to this website, the appearance of the monster is based upon the hideous pig monsters from Hodgson’s “The Hog” and THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND. I am not certain that this is the case.
Certainly REH would have been in the circle which read the Hodgson books loaned to H. P. Lovecraft by H. C. Koenig but I think that this is a bit of a stretch. While the monster, as it appears in the comic, does have some resemblance to Hodgson’s creatures, that’s pretty much where it ends. Given that the writer of the comic, Roy Thomas, was well versed in genre fiction, it is possible that he used that as a reference for the artist.
Sadly, this would seem to be a very weak connection. However, I am always on the lookout for more appearances or “influences” from Hodgson in comics and the work of other writers so if you know of any, please pass them along!
For those interested, here is the page from the comic with the monster!