(August 2005)

Dark Horse, 2003 Series
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Volume:
8
Price:
16.95 USD
Pages:
164
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
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Brand:
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ISBN:
?
Barcode:
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Editing:
Jeremy Barlow
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
17 cm x 26 cm
Paper Stock:
Cardstock cover; Coated stock
Binding:
Perfect Bound
Publishing Format:
collected edition

Brothers of the Blade and Other Stories (Table of Contents)

Conan / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
John Buscema
Inks:
Steve Gan
Colors:
?

Genre:
sword and sorcery
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[none] (Table of Contents)

Conan / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Mike Ploog
Inks:
Mike Ploog
Editing:
Roy Thomas (original editor)

Genre:
sword and sorcery
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[none] (Table of Contents)

credits / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

The Altar and the Scorpion! (Table of Contents)

Conan the Barbarian / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas
Pencils:
John Buscema
Inks:
Tom Palmer
Colors:
Peter Dawes; Ian Sokoliwsky; Wil Glass
Letters:
John Costanza
Editing:
Roy Thomas (original editor)

Genre:
sword and sorcery
Synopsis:
Setting:Belverus & Plain of Shamu; Conan fights a bull and a giant scorpion; First appearance of Tara of Hanumar; Conan obtains his cloak & mail-shirt
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Indexer Notes

Adapted from the short story by Robert E. Howard.

Brothers of the Blade! (Table of Contents)

Conan the Barbarian / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas
Pencils:
John Buscema
Inks:
Frank Springer
Colors:
Peter Dawes; Ian Sokoliwsky; Wil Glass
Letters:
John Costanza
Editing:
Roy Thomas (original editor)

Genre:
sword and sorcery
Synopsis:
Setting: City of Ronnoco & countryside; Conan fights the blade brothers & kills Slicer & Steel-Skull; Tara kills Clawfoot
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The Oracle of Ophir! (Table of Contents)

Conan the Barbarian / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas
Pencils:
John Buscema
Inks:
Tom Palmer
Colors:
Peter Dawes; Ian Sokoliwsky; Wil Glass
Letters:
John Costanza
Editing:
Roy Thomas (original editor)

Genre:
sword and sorcery
Synopsis:
Setting: City of Ronnoco & nearby hills; Conan visits an oracle and fights an evil twin-self.
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A Shadow on the Land! (Table of Contents)

Conan the Barbarian / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas
Pencils:
John Buscema
Inks:
Tom Palmer
Colors:
Peter Dawes; Ian Sokoliwsky; Wil Glass
Letters:
John Costanza
Editing:
Roy Thomas (original editor)

Genre:
sword and sorcery
Synopsis:
Setting: City of Ronnoco, Plain of Shamu; Conan saves the city of Ronnoco
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The Strange High Tower in the Mist! (Table of Contents)

Conan the Barbarian / comic story / 19 pages (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas
Pencils:
John Buscema
Inks:
Pablo Marcos
Colors:
Peter Dawes; Ian Sokoliwsky; Wil Glass
Letters:
John Costanza
Editing:
Roy Thomas (original editor)

Genre:
sword and sorcery
Characters:
Conan; Tara; Yusef; Mad Jakk (introduction, death?)
Synopsis:
Conan and his friends are on their way to the city of Messantia. They come to a strange city where they try to rescue a beatiful girl who has been snatched by a bat-thing and taken to a high tower. As Conan bests the bat-thing, the city suddenly turns to dust. Tara and Yusuf tells Conan of their encounter with the founder of the city, the deformed Mad Jakk. The city was a magical construct that took on a life of its own and ensnared adventures in order to create a population. When the city could not defeat Conan, it self-destructed and Mad Jakk chose to follow his city into oblivion.
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Keywords:
magical city

Incident in Argos! (Table of Contents)

Conan the Barbarian / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas
Pencils:
Mike Ploog
Inks:
Mike Ploog
Colors:
Peter Dawes; Ian Sokoliwsky; Wil Glass
Letters:
Joe Rosen
Editing:
Roy Thomas (original editor)

Genre:
sword and sorcery
Characters:
Conan; Tara; Yusef; Royal Guard; a nameless captain (dies); Publio; Cenzo; Murivo; Tonio; Momratha; Ephemero Portus (dies); Sergeant Vorio
Synopsis:
Conan and his friends arrive in Messantia and immediately come into conflict with some cocky members of the Royal guard. Two guards ambush Conan and try to sell him as a slave. Conan breaks loose and hides in the house of fortune teller Momratha, who shows him visions of his future. Meanwhile, Yusuf has killed a captain who harassed Tara, and now they are both on the run. Conan is apprehended but refuses to betray his friends. Fleeing fromn the courthouse, Conan kills the corrupt judge Ephemero Portus. On horseback, Conan leaves the city and leaves his friends behind.
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Keywords:
Argos; Messantia

Indexer Notes

The fortune teller Momratha shows Conan visions that later will come true: Conan as a captain, nailed to a cross and finally as a king.

Adapted from a portion of the Robert E Howard story "Queen of the Black Coast"

Queen of the Black Coast! (Table of Contents)

Conan the Barbarian / comic story / 19 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert E. Howard (original story); Roy Thomas (adaptation)
Pencils:
John Buscema
Inks:
Steve Gan
Colors:
Peter Dawes; Ian Sokoliwsky; Wil Glass
Letters:
John Costanza; Joe Rosen
Editing:
Roy Thomas (original editor)

Genre:
sword and sorcery
Characters:
Conan; Royal Guard; Captain Tito (dies); Yusef (in flashback); Tara (in flashback); captain in the Royal Guard (in flashback, dies); Sergeant Vorio; Ephemero Portus (in flashback, dies); Sirens; Bêlit; Black Corsairs; Odongo (dies); N'yaga
Synopsis:
Conan barely escapes the law in Messantia by boarding a ship heading due south. Off the coast of Kush, the ship is unexpectedly boarded by the pirate queen Bêlit and her Black Corsairs. Conan is offered a chance to live if he can defeat the warrior Odongo in battle. Conan is victorious and Odongo dies. Bêlit is impressed by Conan – they quickly become lovers and Conan her second-in-command.
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Keywords:
Argos; Falcon (ship); Khemi; Kush; Messantia; River Styx; Shem; Stygia; Tigress (ship)

Indexer Notes

Adapted from a portion of the Robert E Howard story "Queen of the Black Coast". The adaptation is concluded in Conan the Barbarian #100.

Technically, the first appearance of Bêlit is in Giant-Size Conan #1, as a small (blonde!) figure in a flashback panel. This is the first full appearance.

The Ballad of Belit! (Table of Contents)

Conan the Barbarian / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas
Pencils:
John Buscema
Inks:
Steve Gan
Colors:
Peter Dawes; Ian Sokoliwsky; Wil Glass
Letters:
Joe Rosen
Editing:
Roy Thomas (original editor)

Genre:
sword and sorcery
Characters:
Conan; Black Corsairs [Bêlit (origin); M'Gora; N'yaga the Shaman]; nameless Stygian priest; King Athrahasis (Belit's father, in flashback, dies?); the Shemite Royal Guard (in flashback); King Nim-Karrak (Belit's uncle, in flashback); Chief Uzumi (dies, in flashback); Bird-Riders; Birds-That-Run; Derketa [Goddess of Death] (mentioned, in flashback); Dagon (mentioned, in flashback); Blood-Crazed Baboon (in flashback, dies); Man-Eating Leopard (in flashback, dies); Mound-Dwellers (in flashback)
Synopsis:
Conan hears the story of Bêlit from N’yaga's lips. Bêlit is the rightful heir to the throne Asaglun. When she was a child, her uncle Nim-Karrak overthrew and killed her father, the king. N'yaga saved her life and rejoined his tribe, where he spread the legend that Bêlit was the daughter of Derketa, goddess of death. Bêlit grew up to become the best warrior of the tribe. The jealous Chief Uzumi sent her on a suicide mission to reclaim a relic from the Mound-Dwellers, but ended up getting killed himself. As the new chief, Bêlit turned to piracy in order to raise funds for her revenge.
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Keywords:
Asgalun (city-state); Khemi; Kush; Liquid Silver; Shem; Silver-Eye of Dagon; Stygia; the Silver Isles; Tigress (ship)

Long Live the Queen! (Table of Contents)

text article / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Roy Thomas
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Thomas gives some background on the creation of the stories in this volume.

The Chronicles of Conan (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 4 pages (report information)


Synopsis:
House ad for Dark Horse's Conan material

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
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Pencils:
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Inks:
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Letters:
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Synopsis:
Promotional material for this volume.

Indexer Notes

On back cover.

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Table of Contents

  1. 0. Brothers of the Blade and Other Stories
    Conan
  2. 1. [none]
    Conan
  3. 2. [none]
  4. 3. The Altar and the Scorpion!
    Conan the Barbarian
  5. 4. Brothers of the Blade!
    Conan the Barbarian
  6. 5. The Oracle of Ophir!
    Conan the Barbarian
  7. 6. A Shadow on the Land!
    Conan the Barbarian
  8. 7. The Strange High Tower in the Mist!
    Conan the Barbarian
  9. 8. Incident in Argos!
    Conan the Barbarian
  10. 9. Queen of the Black Coast!
    Conan the Barbarian
  11. 10. The Ballad of Belit!
    Conan the Barbarian
  12. 11. Long Live the Queen!
  13. 12. The Chronicles of Conan
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
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