Just got back from a great family vacation on which I brought the Barry Windsor-Smith Archives of Conan vol. 1 along for the ride. I'd been meaning to get into Conan based upon several emphatic recommendations, and I really enjoyed it. So I have questions about where to go next:
1. Should I make some attempt to read these in order (I've seen minor points of continuity at this point, but nothing Earth-shattering)? I have scattered Savage Sword of Conan issues in my collection, as well as some Kull and some King Conan, and also volume #0 of Kurt Busiek's run. Can I read these in any order, or am I missing a lot by doing so? Are there any critical Conan issues or eras that I should be sure to read?
2. I saw that the first Kull solo story was printed as part of Conan #10, but it was not reprinted in the Archive edition I was reading. When I start reading Kull, will I miss much by beginning with Kull #1?
3. Are there other essential Sword and Sorcery titles (Elric, Red Sonja, etc?). I'm not looking for a list of enjoyable reads, but more of a "if you don't read this, you're missing something just as good as, or even superior to, Conan."
Thanks in advance!