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Quote1.png He is a WIZARD! I know him of old! Beware, great ruler of this city! He will bring madness and ruin upon Attalus is he is not slain at once. Quote2.png
Ablah to King Ptolemy about Conan

Appearing in "Trial by Combat!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Bardylis


Other Characters:

  • Perdiccas (First appearance)
  • Iskander (Mentioned)
  • Bêlit (Mentioned)
  • Ahmaan the Great (Mentioned)
  • Set (Invoked)
  • Zoos (Invoked)
  • Crom (Invoked)
  • Aristo (Only appearance; dies)[1]

Races and Species:



  • Eyes of Set (Mentioned)

Events and Eras:

Synopsis for "Trial by Combat!"

  • Synopsis not yet written


  • Trial by Combat! is freely adapted from the story The Valley of Iskander by Robert E. Howard, a tale of El Borak discovering the legendary valley in which live Greek descendants of Alexander the Great.[2]
    • The original story when first penciled by Howard Chaykin had the inhabitants of the valley to be Atlantean descendants of men left there by King Kull, but Roy Thomas had had enough for a time of lost races from the past, and decided to take a page from T.H. White's The Once and Future King, in which old Merlin "lives backwards".[3]
  • Goodwin is consulting editor.

See Also

Links and References


  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. The Lost Valley of Iskander at Wikipedia
  3. Conan the Barbarian #85; The Hyborian Page
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