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Appearing in "The City of Skulls"

Featured Characters:

  • Conan (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Turanian soldiers (First appearance)
    • Juma (First appearance)
    • Lieutenant Hormaz (Only appearance; dies)[1]
    • Prince Ardashir (Only appearance; dies)[1]
  • Princess Zosara (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Azweri/Meruvians (First appearance)
    • Rimpoche/God-King Jalung Thongpa (Only appearance; dies)[1]
    • Tanzong Tengri (Only appearance; dies)[1]
    • Gorthangpo (Only appearance; dies)[1]
  • Shemite slave raiders (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
  • Yama, King of Demons, the Death God (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Crom (Invoked)
  • King Yildiz (Mentioned)
  • Kuigar nomads (First appearance)
    • Great Khan Kujula (First appearance)
  • Ajujo (Invoked)
  • Gods of Kush (Invoked)
  • Ishtar (Invoked)

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  • Tanzong Tengri's staff (Only appearance)[1] (Destruction)
  • Holy Texts of the Book of the Death God (Mentioned)

Vehicles:

  • Galley (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The City of Skulls"

  • Synopsis not yet written

Appearing in "The Blood of Bel-Hissar!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Conan the Barbarian #27The Blood of Bel-Hissar!

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  • Aspers (Mentioned)
  • Blood of Bel-Hissar (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Blood of Bel-Hissar!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Conan the Barbarian #27The Blood of Bel-Hissar!

Conan's journey away from Makkalet is stalled when he comes across a woman being attacked by burly desert man. Conan leaps to her rescue, but the battle is interrupted by Yezdigerd's men. Conan grabs the girl and escapes on his horse, with the desert man riding behind him. They come across a fortress in the desert, and a gate opens to let them in, slamming shut on the Turanian riders. A horde of armed men greet Conan, who wisely decides surrender is the best option. Conan, the desert man (a mute from Khitai named Turghol) and the woman, who turns out to be Turghol's slave, Suwaan, are taken to a feast hall where they discover all the men here are outcasts and bandits under the rule of the outlaw Skol Abdhur. The mere fact a woman is in the area ignites passions, and a fight breaks out that is fatally ended by Abdhur, who tolerates no disrespect. Abdhur is friendly with Conan and explains he keeps the men in check with a ruby, the Blood of Bel-Hissar. Should another man slay him and take it, that man would become a target, so the outlaws are content to let Abdhur play them against each other. That night, Conan hopes to spend the evening with Suwaan, but she drugs him, and when he awakens, he finds Abdhur and his men dead and the ruby missing. Conan leads a group of outlaws deep into the fortress, where they find the girl; to Conan's surprise, she fingers him as the thief. Conan fights his way through the crowd, and is pulled through a secret passage by Turgohl. The mute leads Conan outside the fortress and they make their escape. Conan is confused until Turghol pulls the Blood of Bel-Hissar from his pocket. Conan realizes that Suwaan had intended to betray them both, but Turghol had managed to snatch the ruby for himself. Suwaan, however, remains at the mercy of outlaws who have not seen a woman for some period of time. Conan contemplates fighting Turghol for the ruby, but decides it's not worth the trouble and takes his leave.

Appearing in "Wolves Beyond the Border"

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Synopsis for "Wolves Beyond the Border"

  • Synopsis not yet written

Notes

  • The City of Skulls is based on the story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter. The issue is special in the fact that the story covers the same period/episode (in a far different form after the first few pages) that The Curse of the Golden Skull in Conan the Barbarian #37, written by Roy Thomas:
    • As Marvel Comics had originally obtained the rights only to the Robert E. Howard material, the established policy was that when they had produced an episode of Conan's life which had also been covered by other authors, such as de Camp or Carter, the non-comics version were ignored.
    • All Conan material became later available for adaptation. On Mike Vosburg's desire, Roy Thomas let him adapt a Conan adventure, and City of Skulls was the only story available at the time.
    • The two versions are mutually exclusive, Golden Skull being the "authentic" story in Marvel's Conan.
      • The events of The City of Skulls occur in another reality, and it was considered that the story might qualify as a new Conan/What If: "What If the De Camp/Carter Stories Had Been Available to Conan the Barbarian Several Years Ago, and Had Been Adapted Instead of the Originals Written by Roy Thomas".
      • The Appendix gave it the designation "Earth-80179", with as description "City of Skulls; markedly divergent version of events of Conan the Barbarian I#37".[2]
  • The issue also includes The Kozaks Ride, an article by Fred Blosser.
  • The Blood of Bel-Hissar is reprinted from Conan the Barbarian #27.
  • Wolves Beyond the Border is adapted from the story by Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Listing of realities on Marvunapp.com
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