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Quote1.png That bearded Aesir -- besieged by a trio of yapping foes! No affair of mine. I've done my day's work for Aesir gold. Still, why should one lion die -- and three jackals live? By Crom! They should not --! And, by Crom -- they shall not!! Quote2.png

Appearing in "The Coming of Conan!"

Featured Characters:

  • Conan (First appearance) (Main story and flashforward)

Supporting Characters:

  • Aesir party
    • Olav (First and only known appearance; dies)
  • Tara (First appearance)


  • Vanir party
    • Gondur (First and only known appearance; dies)
    • Volff the Wily (First and only known appearance; dies)
    • Hothar (First and only known appearance; dies)
  • Sharkosh the Shaman (First and only known appearance; dies)
  • Winged demons (First appearance)

Other Characters:

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Synopsis for "The Coming of Conan!"

A twenty-year old barbarian from Cimmeria named Conan joins with an Aesir raiding party and their invasion of Vanaheim. Conan kills a soldier named Gondur then saves the life of an Aesir named Olav. From a high vantage point, the Vanir leader Volff the Wily watches the battle. He realizes that his men will fail to safeguard the gorge, so he instead decides to flee with his lieutenant Hothar. They tell the other Vanir that they go to call upon the favor of the Gods. They travel north across the mountains until they find a cave for shelter. The inside of the cave appears as if it is a massive temple. Inside is an aged shaman named Sharkosh, and his young maiden Tara. Sharkosh tells them that he safeguards the power of Star-Stone - a device that can project images of the past and the future. Sharkosh requires the sacrifice of a powerful fighter. Volff tells him of the dark maned barbarian he had seen assisting the Aesir. They both strike a deal and Sharkosh begins a conjuration. The Aesir find the Vanir and the battle begins. A trio of winged demon fighters appears and attacks both the Vanir and the Aesir. One of them kills Olav then attacks Conan. It flies Conan high into the air then drops him to the ground where he falls unconscious. When he awakens, he is inside Sharkosh's cavern temple. He sees fantastic images projected by the Star-Stone, including a vision of himself being crowned as a king. Conan knows that the Star-Stone is responsible for spawning the winged monsters that killed Olav. He breaks free of his cage and runs for the stone. Picking it up, he heaves it against a wall until it shatters. An explosion of supernatural energy kills Sharkosh, Volff and Hothar, but Conan manages to grab Tara and dive for safety. Tara changes her shape into that of a winged demon and explains that she is actually from the same dimension as the winged monsters, but in order for her to remain in this world, another must take her place in her own reality. Sharkosh intended on creating a spell of transference on Conan so that he would unwillingly take Tara's place. With the Star-Stone destroyed, Tara fades away and returns to her home dimension.

Solicit Synopsis

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  • The character of Conan the Barbarian was created by pulp novelist Robert E. Howard and was featured in a series of sword and sorcery novels and short stories. This issue is the first officially-licensed comic book adaptation of Howard's character.
    • Unlicensed Conan comics had been previously published in Mexico, starting in 1952.[2]
  • The authors Roy Thomas and John Buscema reprised "The Coming of Conan" in Savage Sword of Conan #222, twenty years later.
  • YardIHS, over on the Conan wikia, is putting together a chronology for Conan if anyone here is interested.


  • Robert E. Howard also created the character of King Kull, a Valusian warrior who predates the time of Conan by several thousand years.

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