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Essential Conan the Barbarian Volume 1
Essential Series Vol 1 #Conan the Barbarian 1
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July, 2000
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Appearing in "The Coming of Conan!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #1.

Featured Characters:

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

Supporting Characters:

  • Aesir party
  • Tara (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Coming of Conan!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #1.

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. While the villains conspire with one another, Conan and Olaf fight off a trio of winged demon fighters. The winged monsters attack 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 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.

Appearing in "Lair of the Beast-Men!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #2.

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  • Conan's Sword
  • Conan's War Helm

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Synopsis for "Lair of the Beast-Men!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #2.

While traveling through Aesgaard, Conan comes upon the dead remains of a giant Beast-Man. He then spies a young woman shivering in the snow. He chases after her hoping to ask her some questions, but she runs away. The woman, Moira, baits Conan into a trap and he is ambushed by two brutish ape men. The beasts lay him low with a blow across the back of the head and drag him down into their underground kingdom of Brutheim. They place him inside of a dungeon filled with "manlings". These men have been raised in slavery and have never once traveled to the surface world. The leader of the slaves is the Chief Thrall, Kiord. Kiord befriends Conan, but tells him that dreams of escaping confinement are futile. Later, Conan is marched out into the middle of a battle arena and presented to the Beast-Men's king, Gha-Kree. He is stripped of his war helm and Conan fights back, but he is quickly overwhelmed. Gha-Kree is impressed with the Cimmerian's temerity and decides that he will be of great sport in the arena games. Conan is taken back to his cell. Kiord offers Conan a sharpened stone should he wish to take his own life. Conan scoffs at the notion, indicating that he still intends to fight back. He is brought back out into the arena and forced to fight against a savage snow-lion. Conan kills the lion with Kiord's rock knife and the sight of victory inspires Kiord to revolt. He breaks free of his cage and his followers run out into the arena. The Beast-Men are shocked but such never before seen courage and are unsure how to react. Many run in fear. Conan and Kiord press against one of the Beast-Men's wheeled battering rams and push it towards the king's throne. The battering ram smashes through the pillars of the arena causing one side of the structure to collapse. During the frenzy, King Zha-Gorr comes up behind Kiord and strikes him dead. Conan leaps in anger and slashes the king across the back of his neck with his sword. The other Beast-Men are either buried beneath the rubble or have fled the arena. Conan takes Zha-Gorr's crown and places it on Kiord's lifeless head, proclaiming him "First among men".

Appearing in "The Twilight of the Grim Grey God!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #3.

Featured Characters:

  • Conan (Main story and flashback)

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  • Conan's sword
  • Coat of golden enchanted mail (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Twilight of the Grim Grey God!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #3.

As Conan once again tries to break his slave chains, he is approached by a man who claims war is coming. The man reveals to Conan the flying-horse-riding Choosers of the Slain and in general acts mysterious and godlike. Conan soon comes across Dunlag, a Brythunian, and learns war is brewing between Hyperborea and Brythunia. Dunlag takes Conan to his camp and they meet Dunlag's lover, Eevin. Meanwhile, in the woods, Brythunian commander Malachi secretly meets with the consort of King Tomar of the Hyperboreans. Malachi agrees to betray Brian, king of Brythunia. Back in the Brythunian camp, Eevin sees visions of the Grey God Conan met earlier, but Dunlag is determined to fight. Conan joins the Brythunians, mostly to get revenge for being enslaved by the Hyperboareans, and meets Malachi. The two do not get along. The armies clash the next morning and Conan gets revenge on several Hyperboareans, especially one particular one who whipped him. However, oddly, Malachi refuses to bring his cavalry to bear. Conan suspects treachery. Dunlag is killed, which enrages Conan and he chases and kills Malachi, Brian and Tomar meet and both slay the other as the Grey God watches. The Choosers of the Slain fly from the sky and take the honored dead as Conan realizes he had just encountered the god Borri.

Appearing in "The Tower of the Elephant!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #4.

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Synopsis for "The Tower of the Elephant!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #4.

A slaver, boasting of his recent acquisition, catches the attention of Conan when he mentions a jewel secreted in the Tower of the Elephant. The rogue mocks Conan's interest in the impossible-to-obtain gem, which is never a smart thing to do. Leaving the dead Kothian's body behind, Conan approaches the gated tower and observes Yara, the tower's mysterious occupant enter, but Conan doesn't notice that the priest's feet do not touch the ground. Conan scales the wall and discovers another thief, Taurus, also in the courtyard. Taurus uses a poison gas to slay some guard lions, and the two thieves climb to the top of the tower. Taurus, attempting to leave Conan behind, sneaks into a door but immediately falls out dead. Conan warily enters the room and discovers it filled with treasure but also encounters the room's guardian, a giant poisonous spider. Conan defeats the monster and descends into a lower chamber, where he encounters a green humanoid creature with an elephantine head. The lonely, blind creature introduces itself as Yag-Kosha and explains to a terrified Conan his alien nature and capture by Yara. The fabled gem, the Heart of the Elephant, is what keeps Yag-Kosha captive and Yara extremely powerful. He begs Conan to kill him, which Conan does. Conan then takes the gem to a sleeping Yara, who is mystically swallowed by the gem. Conan can see a fully healed and powerful Yag-Kosha inside the gem take his final revenge on his captor. With its occupant's death, the Tower of the Elephant begins to crumble, and Conan flees just in time to see it collapse into a pile of shards.

Appearing in "Zukala's Daughter"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #5.

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Synopsis for "Zukala's Daughter"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #5.

Traveling through a remote Zamorian village while returning to Shadizar, Conan ends up in the middle of a sorcerer's tax collecting scam. The village has not paid its 40 pieces of gold, so the sorcerer sends a demon-tiger to collect. Conan battles, and loses against, the tiger, but it decides not to kill the barbarian and slinks off, changing into its true shape, a beautiful woman. The townsfolk tell Conan that she is the daughter of the sorcerer, Zukala. The girl, Zephra, returns to her father but for some reason is so pale and sickly that she falls into her father's arms. Meanwhile, Conan agress to slay the sorcerer in return for a sword that had caught his eye. Conan sneaks into Zukala's fortress and watches as the sorcerer summons a demon, Jagta-Noga, to punish the villagers. Conan is discovered by Zephra, and explains her odd behavior -- she saw a vision of her fated to love Conan, and Conan standing over her dead body. The two are interrupted by Zukala, who runs off when Conan shatters his mask, the source of his power. Enough of the mask remains for a few magical tricks, however, and commands his daughter to turn into the tigress and slay the Cimmerian. She refuses, however, but Jaggta-Noga returns to defend the wizard. Zephra leaps between demon and barbarian. Zephra is dealt a near-killing blow, and, horrified, Zukala sends the demon away. Zukala vanishes with his daughter, who, while still alive, is no longer as loyal to her father as she had been, and this saddens the sorcerer more than anything else. Conan takes the gold left behind, decides it's payment enough, and continues to Shadizar.

Appearing in "Devil-Wings Over Shadizar"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #6.

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Synopsis for "Devil-Wings Over Shadizar"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #6.

Conan, seeking his fortune in Shadizar, encounters two thieves, Fafnir and Blackrat, arguing over booty. Conan decides to take the treasure himself and quickly takes care of the two incompetent thieves (who are parodies of Fritz Leiber's famous characters Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser). He enters a bar and strikes up a conversation with an attractive local wench named Jenna. After getting punched in the face, Conan leaves with Jenna, who has more or less attached herself to the barbarian, or perhaps the surprising amount of gold in his purse. She takes Conan to her uncle, Maldiz, a blacksmith, so he can melt down Conan's suspicious-looking gold coins into a new shape. Word has spread about the earlier robbery, and both Jenna and Maldiz put two and two together. With his now untraceable gold in his purse, Conan takes a moment to enjoy Jenna's company under a palm tree, but that quickly ends when he's knocked unconscious from behind by a trio of red-robed men. Curiously, they take only the girl and leave the gold behind. Conan seeks help from Maldiz, who recognizes Conan's description of the men and declares Jenna lost. The men are followers of the Night-God, who sacrifice a young girl every month to their evil lord. Conan heads towards their temple, steals a robe, and enters the evil cult's lair. He arrives just as the Night-God's priestess, Hajii, completes her prayer and puts out the brazier, plunging the open-roofed temple into darkness. Conan takes the opportunity to sneak over to Jenna but discovers the secret of the Night-God: It is a giant bat-like creature who swoops in to devour its sacrifice. It grabs Jenna in its claws, but Conan leaps onto the monster's back with Hajii. All three humans are flown into the sky. Conan thrusts his torch repeatedly into the beast's eyes and body, while Hajii desperately tries to stop the barbarian from slaying her god. Conan is victorious, and the monster plunges to the ground, leaving Conan insensible long enough for Hajii to pull a dagger to strike in vengeance. Luckily, the priestess forgets about Jenna, who knocks Hajii out with the brazier before Conan can be killed. However, in a final twist, Jenna, taking advantage of Conan's disoriented state, lulls him to sleep. When Conan wakes, he discovers Jenna and the gold are long gone.

Appearing in "The Lurker Within!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #7.

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Synopsis for "The Lurker Within!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #7.

Conan comes across a spoiled woman, Lady Aztrias, under attack by wolves. He chases the animals off and, in order to safely pass through Numalia's city gates, accompanies the woman as her chariot driver. After a brief run-in with the owner of the Hall of Relics, Kallian, and the guardsman Dionus, Aztrian reveals she has heavy gambling debts, and asks Conan to break into the Hall of Relics and steal a treasure recently brought to the city by Stygians for Karanthes, priest of Ibis. Conan is intrigued and that night sneaks into the museum only to find Kallian dead and the golden bowl, which contained the treasure, empty. Conan is discovered and held by Arus, a watchman at the House of Relics, who quickly summons the guard. Demetrio and Dionus of the guard arrive, and soon Aztrian as well, and she wastes no time in blaming Conan for the mess. A scream interrupts everything as a broken, maddened, and dying Arus stumbles out of an adjoining room. The others rush into the locked room, and find it in shambles. A golden mask on the wall with snakes for hair entices Aztrias to approach it, and the mask, in reality the face of a gruesome serpent, bursts from the wall. Demetrio and Aztrias are killed, and as Conan fights the beast, he realizes the Stygians had discovered this "god in the bowl" and sent it to destroy the priest of Ibis, a plan ruined when Kallian peeked inside the bowl and released the creature early. Conan finally bludgeons the monster to death and steals a look inside the bowl himself. He sees the frightening visage of Thoth-Amon staring back at him. Unnerved, Conan flees Numalia.

Appearing in "The Keepers of the Crypt"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #8.

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Other Characters:

  • Aquilonian Army (Only in flashback)
    • Gundermen (Only in flashback)
  • Cimmerians (Only in flashback)
  • Man-Serpent (Referenced)
  • Governor of Numalia (Mentioned)
  • Niece of the governor of Numalia (Mentioned)
  • Demetrio (Mentioned)

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  • Jade serpent

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Synopsis for "The Keepers of the Crypt"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #8.

While Conan is being tracked by Corinthian soldiers at the request of Nemedia (because of events in CB-7). All but one of the soldiers is killed by an avalanche, but the remaining soldier, Captain Burgun, a survivor of the Battle of Venarium, is quickly seemingly dispatched by Conan, who heads deeper into Corinthia. He finds an abandoned city guarded by a giant gila monster. Conan scrambles up a ruined building and pitches rocks down on the creature until he weakens it enough to plunge his sword into its soft belly. He begins to poke around the city but is surprised by the reappearance of Burgun. The two decide the treasure of the city, and the possibility of encountering more monsters, is more important than any feud they might have, so they explore the city together. They find a vast treasure room stocked high with gold and jewels. As they start to divide the horde, six mummified guardians step from their resting places and attack. The two men flee, and the midday sun destroys the undead guardians when they leave the room. But this starts a chain reaction that crumbles the entire city. Conan makes it out, but Burgun seems to be trapped inside the city as it falls. Conan makes his way to a village tavern and encounters Jenna, whom he is still mad at for stealing his gold in Shadizar, which she spent to buy the tavern. Conan is less angry with her than he normally would be, since he believes he has a whole bag of jewels to spend but is chagrined when he finds they have turned to dust. A jade serpent he also took has meanwhile turned into a true serpent, which is actually to Conan's advantage, as it kills the magistrate and distracts the Corinthian soldiers, who have finally caught up with him. Conan and Jenna flee the village on horseback.

Appearing in "The Garden of Fear"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #9.

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Races and Species:

  • Humans
  • Unnamed "legend-birthing race" (First appearance)
  • Condors (Mentioned)
  • Long-Snouts (First appearance)
  • "Great tuskers"/"Hairy tuskers" (Unidentified species of Elephant-like behemoths, possibly Mammoths) (First appearance)
  • Elephants (Mentioned)
  • Unidentified species of fish
  • Unnamed species of flowers (First appearance)
  • Gods (Invoked)

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Synopsis for "The Garden of Fear"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #9.

Conan and Jenna, while riding through a mountain range, are attacked by savages. They manage to grab Jenna, and Conan responds violently. The battle is halted by the appearance of the savages' chief, whom Conan decides to trust to the point of even joining the savages in their frenzied dances. The next morning, Conan and Jenna prepare to leave, but the girl is snatched by a winged creature (reminiscent of the giant bat that grabbed her in #6) and taken beyond the cliffs; Conan gives chase. The valleys Conan enters contains all number of exotic animals and greenery, and he finally reaches a lighthouse-like tower in the second valley. An ebony, winged man steps out and tosses a man into the odd-looking flowers below. The flowers promptly kill and suck the blood out of the man, much to Conan's horror. The creature, noting Conan, goes inside but returns a moment later and dangles Jenna above the man-eating plants. With no way to reach the tower, Conan returns to the animals in the first valley and lights a fire to herd a group of mastodons toward the tower. The beasts trample the field of flowers, and Conan climbs the tower walls. He fights the creature to the death and, uninterested in the mysteries of the tower and its owner, leads Jenna out of the Valley.

Appearing in "Beware the Wrath of Anu!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #10.

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  • Mitra (Invoked)
  • Anu (Mentioned)
  • King of the city (Mentioned)
  • Crom (Invoked)
  • Gorda (First appearance)

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  • Silver Spiral (First appearance)
  • Golden skulls (First appearance)
  • Dagger-belt (First appearance)
  • Priest of Anu's amulet (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "Beware the Wrath of Anu!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #10.

Conan and Jenna reach a Corinthian city-state, but run into some trouble trying to enter. The guards are distracted by a patrol chasing a pair of thieves, and when Conan gets in the way of their arrows, they turn their wrath on him. He is saved in turn by the thieves, as they help him escape onto the roofs, unfortunately leaving Jenna behind, though they first tell her to meet them at the Temple of Amu. It turns out one of the thieves is Burgan, whom Conan briefly allied with in the lost city Lanjau. Burgan, Conan and the third man, Igon, visit the temple of Anu, the priest of which had hired the thieves to rob the Red Temple. Conan reunites with Jenna, and decides to help Burgan on his thieving runs, always staying one step ahead of Captain Aron. Finally, the duo targets the secret ruler of the city, the Red Priest Nabonidus. Meanwhile, Captain Aron traces the thieves back to the Temple of Anu, and the priest there reveals Nabonidus to be the next victim. Aron sets a trap and Burgan is captured. Igon, more interested in Jenna, doesn't seem to care his partner is imprisoned and refuses to help Conan break him out. Burgan is hanged, but Conan notes Aron meeting with the priest in the window of the Temple of Anu. Angered beyond belief, Conan confronts the priest, who summons Anu himself - a red humanoid bull-god. The priest is protected from Anu's rage by as amulet, but loses that protection when Conan snatches the amulet from around the priest's neck. Anu goes on a rampage, growing larger and larger until it takes the priest in hand and crushes him. Turning wraith-like, Anu grows hundreds of feet tall and vanishes into the heavens. The priest, near death, is helped along by a blow from Conan's sword. Conan returns to the gallows, slits the throat of the guard, cuts down his friend's body, burns the scaffold to the ground, and buries Burgun outside the town.

Appearing in "Rogues in the House / The Talons of Thak"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #11.

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  • Murilo (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)

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  • Priest of Anu (Mentioned)
  • Anu (Mentioned)
  • Bull of Anu (Referenced)
  • Athicus (First appearance)
  • Sivraj (First appearance)
  • Mitra (Invoked)
  • Red Priest's men (Only in flashback)
    • Joka (Only appearance; dies)[1] (Only in flashback)
  • Ishtar (Invoked)
  • Crom (Invoked)

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Synopsis for "Rogues in the House / The Talons of Thak"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #11.

Part 1: Rogues in the House Conan sits in chains in a Corinthian jail, betrayed by Jenna. Murilo, a Corinthian lord comes to the jail with an offer to free the barbarian if he kills Nabonidus, the secret head of the city, as the lord is concerend with the Red Priest's pillaging ways. The plan hits a snag when Murilo's agent in the jail, Athicus, is imprisoned himself. Murilo decides to take matters into his own hands and deal with the Red Priest himself. Meanwhile, Conan escapes on his own, seeking vengeance on Jenna. He finds and kills Igon on the way, then throws Jenna off the roof into the steaming garbage in the alley. He then turns his sights on Nabonidus

Part 2: The Talons of Thak Conan sneaks onto the priest's grounds, narrowly avoiding trapped sewer tunnels and encounters Murilo, who has been sneaking through the sewer tunnels himself after confronting Nabonidus and discovering the priest is in reality a brutish ape-monster. Further investigation in the tunnels finds the unconscious body of Nabonidus himself. The priest comes to and explains that the creature Murilo encountered was Thak, an ape-man captured as a cub by Nabonidus to be a servant. Thak began to get ambitions of his own and cold-cocked his master, taking his place on the throne. Conan also discovers that Murilo is not as noble as he seems, as he had been selling state secrets. The three rogues go to confront Thak and observe him through two-way mirrors rampaging through the house. Eventually, the men are trapped in a locked room as Thak storms at them. Conan and Murilo manage to slay the giant beast. Nabonidus takes the opportunity to try and sneak away, but is slain by a thrown dagger from Conan. Conan decides to leave Corinthia entirely.

Appearing in "The Dweller in the Dark"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #12.

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Synopsis for "The Dweller in the Dark"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #12.

Conan is surprised by a pack of soldiers from the city Zahmahn as he attempts to drink from a protected spring.The Cimmerian kills the captain of the guards and knocked by another soldier,in fear that the queen may,question them,as who killed her favorite. The soldiers manage to get the best of the weary barbarian and drag him before their queen, the power-mad Fatima. Impressed by the barbarian, she takes him as her consort for several weeks until Conan makes the mistake of being nice to the slave girl Yaila. The insanely jealous, or maybe just insane, Fatima sentences the two to death in the sewers at the pleasure of the Dweller in the Darkness.Conan is chained next to Yaila,upon an ancient wall,as both hear something coming,from down inside the darkened caverns. Conan manages to break free of the chains that hold him as a huge,pink tentacle reaches around a corner.The Cimmerian and the girl travel down the sewer tunnel just as the Dweller, a giant octopus slithers into view,in a vast chamber beyond.The wretched creature,once human,but now transformed into the thing,it is now lashes out at Conan and female companion.Conan attempts to rescue the girl,Yaila,who snatched up one of the veil creatures tentacles.Even the monster is spongy and hard to cut,Conan manages to slice one of the creatures eyes,blinding it.The monster,now in pain,begins lash out,as the Cimmerian and the girl attempt to find an excite to the problem.

Conan carrying Yaila scramble up a tunnel in the ceiling. Breaking through a manhole, they find themselves in the middle of Fatima and a group of guards. Fed up with the situation, Conan grabs the queen and threatens to throw her down the hole to the monster. Fatima promises Conan anything he wants if he lets her go. Not believing her for a second, Conan tosses her to the Dweller and listens, satisfied, to the screams. Conan turns to face the guards, but is surprised when they cheer; they were fed up with Fatima themselves. Conan takes the opportunity to attempt to make himself king, but when he discovers that Zahmahn only allows queens, names Yaila as the next ruler and, having enough of queens, leaves town.

Appearing in "Web of the Spider-God"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #13.

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  • Thanix (Only appearance; dies)[1] (Main story and flashback)
  • Tork (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)
  • Lea (First appearance)

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  • High priest (Mentioned)
  • Zamora's king (Mentioned)

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Synopsis for "Web of the Spider-God"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #13.

Conan is attacked by marauders near an oasis. Surprisingly, Conan is defeated and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he stumbles through the sands for some time. After having a vision of a giant spider, he finally arrives at an oasis and is helped by an elderly desert dweller, Thanix. The old man tells Conan about Omm, the spider-god worshipped in the Zamoran city of Yezud, and that the priests have kidnapped his daughter to be sacrificed. In return for saving his life, Conan travels with Thanix to Yezud and quickly runs afoul of Yezud's soldiers. Conan and Thanix are tossed into the dungeon where all the sacrifices are kept. Conan causes a distraction to allow Tork, a spy from Shadizar, to escape. Tork has a plan to destroy the city by creating a rockslide in the caverns underneath the town. Conan is brought to Modar, the high priest of Omm, for sacrifice, and sees the gigantic spider the town worships. Conan breaks free and throws the frail priest into the spider's web where he is killed. Conan is pushed into the web himself, but manages to fend off Omm. The wounded spider tries to crawl back into its cave but Conan doesn't stop stabbing and beating it. The townspeople, furious that the barbarian treats its god so, attacks, and Thanix is killed. At that moment the city starts to collapse into the ground as Tork has succeeded in sabotaging the tunnels. Conan and Thanix's daughter, Lea, escape, and Lea and Tork go to Shadizar as Conan continues his wanderings.

Appearing in "A Sword Called Stormbringer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #14.

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  • Mortal plane
  • Hell (Invoked)
  • Melniboné (First appearance)
    • Yagala (First appearance) (Only in flashback) (Moved to Hyboria)
  • Unnamed plane where gods dwell and there is war eternal between the forces of Law and Chaos (First appearance)
    • "Some distant netherworld palace" (First appearance)
  • Sun (Referenced)

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Synopsis for "A Sword Called Stormbringer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #14.

A group of hooded killers stalk a fleeing woman on horseback, but as luck would have it, Conan is nearby and comes to her rescue. Just the touch of one of the hooded men's sword fells the barbarian, but before they can finish him off, a flock of giant eagles appears to chase the men away. The girl turns out to be Zephra, daughter of the wizard Zukala, who Conan met some years before. The wizard himself, without the power of his mask, has become a frail old man, and seeks Conan's help in defeating the evil of Kulan-Gath and his henchwoman Xiombarg. He asks Conan to go to the city of Yagala, which has been transported from another dimension. Zukala enchants Conan's sword and Zephra guides the barbarian to the city. The wizard then truns his attention to the seeress Xiombarg, who is preparing to send her captain, Gaynor, after Conan. The woman senses Zukala's spying and breaks the connection. Some time later, Conan and Zephra encounter a traveler from Yagala's dimension - Elric of Melnibone. Conan assumes the pale rider is his enemy and attacks. Conan is unable to best the magically enhanced and armored Elric, and both parties stop fighting when they realize neither is working for Xiomberg. Suddenly, the undead forces of Gaynor attack. A vicious fight begins, only ending when Zephra uses her magic to call forth a flood of rain that washes the hellish flesh of the damned away, though Gaynor gets away. As Elric is also heading for Yagala, the three companions decide to travel together.

Appearing in "The Green Empress of Melniboné"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #15.

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Synopsis for "The Green Empress of Melniboné"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #15.

Conan and his companions Zephra and Elric approach the Sighing Lake where the other-dimensional city of Yagala stands. They are attacked by demons, but easily defeat them and make their way to the shores. They are forced to craft a boat from the ribcage of a giant skeletal creature while Sephra's father, Zukala, watches them through a magical portal. The three reach Kulan-Gath, who is attempting to summon the dread Terhali of Melnibone in order to gain supreme power. He believes the others were sent by Thoth-Amon, but before anything can be done, Prince Gaynor and his armies appear and all hell breaks loose. Kulan-Gath manages to complete his spell and Terhali rises from the dead. Elric defeats, but is unable to kill, Gaynor, and Kulan-Goth annoys Terhali to the point where she kills him. Elric and Conan attack the witch-queen but she knocks them both unconscious. Zephra becomes possessed by Arkyn, a Lord of Law and enemy of Terhali. The now powerful Zephra destroys Terhali, but dies in the process. Elric returns to his dimension as the city of Yagala crumbles and is swallowed by the Sighing Lake. Conan gives Zukala his daughter's body and rides away.

Appearing in "The Frost Giant's Daughter"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #16.

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Synopsis for "The Frost Giant's Daughter"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #16.

Conan chases Atali across the snow, slays her two frost giant brothers, and catches her. Her father, Ymir then takes her from Conan.

Appearing in "The Gods of Bal-Sagoth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #17.

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Synopsis for "The Gods of Bal-Sagoth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #17.

Conan, working on a Turanian galley, is attacked by a pirate crew led by he pirate Fafnir, whom he met, briefly, in Shadizar many years ago. Conan's crew is defeated and killed but Conan is pressed into service of the pirates. Before anything can happen, however, the ship is scuttled on a hidden reef in mysterious white mists, and only Conan and Fafnir make it to shore. They fight for a minute, then realize they are too evenly matched and have no real reason to fight anyway. Together, they rescue a girl from a dinosaur-like monster. The girl, Kyrie, reveals that the two are on the ancient island Bal-Saggoth, and that she also was shipwrecked on the island but, as she had scarlet hair like the sea-goddess Aala, was taken as an object of worship. The high priest Gothan, however, took over and killed those loyal to Kyrie, and dumped the girl on the lagoon to be killed. Fafnir and Conan, desperate for good, agree to help Kyrie get her kingdom back, fulfilling an ancient prophecy. The three reach the imposing castle and march right in, relying on the power of the prophecy of two men from the sea who will destroy the reptile guardian. Gothan's puppet king, Ska, has his champion, Vertorix, challenge Conan, but after a brief battle, the onlookers discover that Vertorix is an empty suit of armor that fights like a man! Kyrie realizes that Gothan controls the armor, and using her mirrored headdress, reflects the sun into Gothan's eyes, causing him to lose concentration. The armor crumbles to the ground and Gothan and Ska flee, leaving Kyrie, Fafnir, and Conan in charge.

Appearing in "The Thing in the Temple!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #18.

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Synopsis for "The Thing in the Temple!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #18.

Aala, formally Kyrie, now rules Bal-Sagoth, with Conan and Fafnir as her de-facto bodyguards. One evening, when Conan and Fafnir are surprisingly drowsy, a brutish monster crawls from behind the wall hangings. Conan manages to push the creature into a fire, and, seeing more movement behind the hangings, stabs blindly. A priest loyal to Gothan, the former priestly ruler of the island, falls dead. He had cast a sleeping spell on Conan and Fafnir and sent out the monster; luckily Conan is made of sterner stuff. Unfortunately, a scream from Aala's chamber alerts the two that a bat-creature has sneaked into her room. The two warriors struggle with the monster and chase it into the tunnels. Aala is furious with the two men and tells her soldiers to kill them both. Finding an underground temple, Fafnir and Conan come upon Gothan's body, who had apparently been killed by the bat-creature. With the death of its master, the temple begins to collapse, and as Conan and Fafnir try to flee, they run into Ska, another pretender to the throne. Fafnir makes short work of the man and the two barbarians make it out of the tunnels as the entire area caves in, and a volcano erupts, burying the city. The two men cobble together a raft and desperately sail away, only to find themselves at the mercy of Prince Yezdigerd of Turan, on the way to battle. Conan and Fafnir join his crew.

Appearing in "Hawks from the Sea"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #19.

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Synopsis for "Hawks from the Sea"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #19.

It doesn't take long for Conan to rub the crew of Prince Yezdigerd's ship the wrong way, and he soon gets involved in a brawl with a short-tempered soldier named Balthaz. Prince Yezdigerd, impressed by Conan, tells the barbarian his plan to invade Makkalet. Yezdigerd's ship meets with the Turanian fleet and joins with the assault on the city. The high priest of Makkalet, Kharam-Akkad, has some secret plans to save the city, and to that end is subtly taking control of the city from its weak king. As Balthaz leads Yezdigerd's troops into the city, Kharam unleashes his secret weapon, nine giant undead warriors! They slaughter the Taranian troops but Balthaz and Fafnir escape by climbing the walls toward the priest. Fafnir is felled by an arrow and Conan risks his life to reach his companion, but, other than pulling the arrow free, realizes he can do nothing. He does, however, notice that one of the giants seems to be a focal point for the other eight, so he climbs back down into the fray. He doesn't see Fafnir groggily roll over and fall from the wall into the ocean. Conan confronts the central zombie, caving its head in with his mace, and is satisfied to see all of the other giants crumble as well. The monsters dissolve, as does the magical amulet that Kharam was using to control the undead, and the Taranian forces take the eastern wall.

Appearing in "The Black Hound of Vengeance!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #20.

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Synopsis for "The Black Hound of Vengeance!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #20.

Conan looks for his friend Fafnir after the city of Makkalet is taken. Fafnir has been dragged from the water, but has lost an arm, and Conan keeps vigil over his friend's sleeping body. This is interrupted, however, with a mission from Balthaz, who takes Conan and a few others into the town. A few random encounters with guards hinders their progress towards the temple, but they finally make it inside. Conan is separated from the Turanians, and while he roams the hallways, Balthaz and his men make their way to the roof and light a signal for Yezdigerd. However, Balthaz's men are suddenly and mysteriously slaughtered. Meanwhile, Conan encounters a young woman, who calls herself Caissa, inside the temple, as well as Kharam-Akkad, who lets loose a skeletal warrior after Conan. The battle carries outside the room, and Conan realizes smashing a mirror will destroy the beast, as he knows from the previous day's battle the wizard Kharam-Akkad's use of mirrors in his magics. Inside the room, however, it is revealed that Caissia is queen of Makkalet, and she begins to berate Kharam for hiding the statue of Tarim, the object of worship Yezdigerd desperately wants. Conan finds a mirrored room containing the statue, but falls through a trapdoor and confronts the Black Hound. Conan manages to choke the great beast with its own chains and kills the creature. Conan stumbles away, weak and injured, back to the ships of Yezdigerd, only to find that Balthaz has already fled back and ordered all the dead, including Fafnir, who Balthaz knew was not deceased, thrown overboard. Conan calmly walks over to the arrogant Balthaz, and swiftly pulls out Balthaz's sword and stabs him in the heart. Yezdigerd calls for Conan's death, but the Cimmerian slaughters a good portion of the army before he gets to the prince himself, and slashes at him, scarring the royal face, before diving into the ocean.

Appearing in "The Monster of the Monoliths!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #21.

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Synopsis for "The Monster of the Monoliths!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #21.

Conan washes up on the docks of Makkalet and, in hopes of extracting information, is brought by the soldier Khurusan before the king. Conan explains his situation, and King Eannatum, amused, decides to let Conan work for him. Conan is sent to recruit the help of the queen's father, and, after Melissandra gives him a rune-carved armlet, Conan, Khurusan, and several other soldiers ride from town. They encounter Turanian troops attempting to blockade the roads leading from town, but break free. They come to an altar made of towering obelisks and, to Conan's surprise, kill its caretaker, a blind hermit. The soldiers then beat Conan into unconsciousness and tie him and the hermit's daughter to the altar, intending to sacrifice him, which has been their intention all along. Khurusan then kills the other soldiers to leave no witnesses. He starts the ritual and kills the girl, and a humanoid toad-like monster materializes on top of an obelisk. Conan manages to break his bonds and scrambles away, but the toad-creature follows. Conan realizes that the armlet is calling to the creature and tosses it to a surprised Khurusan. The creature pounces on and devours the solider, then vanishes. Conan decides, since he gave his word, to continue his journey to recruit soldiers for Makkalet's cause.

Appearing in "The Shadow of the Vulture!"

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Conan the Barbarian #23.

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Synopsis for "The Shadow of the Vulture!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #23.

Conan reaches the city of Pah-Dishah with a request of help for the besieged city of Makkalet. He delivers the message and leaves, despite the king's interest in his "barbaric tales." He heads south. Meanwhile, at Makkalet, Yezdigerd is visited by Mikhal Oglu - the Vulture. The prince sends the Vulture to find and punish Conan for the scar the barbarian gave him some weeks back. The Turanian forces track Conan down in a village south of Pah-Dishah. The Cimmerian is herded back to Makkalet and rescued by the newly arrived armies of Pah-Dishah, led by the warrior woman Red Sonja. Conan is now stuck with Melissandra and Eannatum, who tried to have him killed. Conan stumbles across a group of spies for Yezdigerd attempting to send messages. They tied him up but he is found by Sonja. Conan is freed and sets a trap for the Vulture, knowing he is on his way. A day later a package arrives in the Turanian camp - the head of the Vulture.

Appearing in "The Song of Red Sonja"

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Conan the Barbarian #24.

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Synopsis for "The Song of Red Sonja"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #24.

Red Sonja entertains a tavern in Makkalet with a dance, which quickly leads to a typical bar brawl, which Conan deals with in his typical way. In a quiet moment, Sonja rebuffs Conan's advances, though the two decide to ride off and cause some mischief together, including stealing the captain of the guard's horse. Meanwhile, Kharam-Akkad looks into a magical mirror with horror...
Part II: Sonja and Conan approach a tower, intending on pilfering its riches. The two climb the walls and find a room of incalculable wealth. As Conan pokes around the room, Sonja looks for a specific trinket the king of Pah-Dishah sent her for, a serpent tiara. Once she finds it, she bolts from the room and Conan hears her scream. Meanwhile, King Eannatum comforts his wife as the Turanian armies outside continue their assault...
Part III: Conan sees Sonja battling a misty snake that seems to be coming from the circlet in her hand. The two warriors manage to slay the beast and it turns back into the tiara. Sonja speaks an ancient phrase, spoken by King Kull of Valusia, to lock it into its shape. They leave the temple, and Sonja tries to sabotage Conan's descent. Conan, extremely angry and not a little bit turned on, finds out the hard way that Sonja will only give herself to a man who defeats her in battle. She rides off laughing, and Conan, done with it all, wanders back to the barracks.

Appearing in "The Mirrors of Kharam Akkad"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #25.

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  • Conan (Also appears in a vision flashforward as Amra, the Lion)

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Synopsis for "The Mirrors of Kharam Akkad"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #25.

The high priest Kharam-Akkad is upset because his magical mirror is causing him to be distracted from Conan's escapades. He summons Chumballa Bey, who has a score to settle with the barbarian, to bring Conan to him. As the priest tries to relax, he is approached by the Tarim Incarnate, the embodiment of the Hyrkanian diety, who apparantly is not just a statue. Akkad tells Tarim about the Mirrors of Tuzun Thune. The tale revolves around ancient Valusia and its king, Kull. Kull had encountered a wizard named Tuzun Thule whose mirrors predicted the future. Kull sat entranced by the visions enfolding in the mirrors until he was rescued by his friend Brule. The mirrors passed through the ages into Akkad's hand, and when he looks upon them, he sees Conan standing over his dead body, with the images of a lion, eagle and serpent hovering above. He believes that the animals signify a statue in Makkalet of a winged serpent fighting a griffin, but the image of his corpse is driving the priest mad. He returns Tarim to his room. Meanwhile, Conan returns from his adventure with Red Sonja and is confronted by soldiers. He fights and tries to escape, but is severely weakened and collapses in front of the queen. The king orders Conan imprisoned. Back in the Turanian camps, Yezdigerd consults with his adviser Sulimar as they prepare for the final push into the town. They, too, have received augurs about a griffin and a serpent, which they interpret as being Turan and Makkalet, but also of a horse and walking swords, which they don't understand. The armies prepare for battle. Back inside the castle, Akkad questions Conan on the meaning of the mirror's image, but Conan has no idea what he's talking about. Akkad forces Conan to look into a mirror, and he sees a skeletal version of himself, just before the mirror becomes a portal to another dimension, and a tentacled monster reaches out. Conan fights it off, then confronts the priest as the battle outside the walls begins. In horror, Akkad realizes that Conan's sword has an eagle on the hilt, and his shield is held with snake-skin straps. He wonders what the lion means as he is killed by Conan, and Conan sees the same vision of Akkad's death that the priest saw. He, also, is ignorant of the animal symbolism, not knowing that he is one day destined to be called Amra, the lion.

Notes

  • This Essential volume had only one edition published, as the rights to produce Conan comics books was taken over by Dark Horse Comics in 2003.
  • This issue reprints the following issues of Conan the Barbarian in black and white

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Savage Sword of Conan #32
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks and the recounting of the story in Savage Sword of Conan #24
  4. Savage Sword of Conan #191; Jade Coils in Black Khemi - Skull on the Seas Part II
  5. Conan the Barbarian #15



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