- Robert E. Howard (original story); Roy Thomas (adaptation)
- Gil Kane; Neal Adams
- Neal Adams [as Diverse Hands]; Pablo Marcos [as Diverse Hands]; Frank McLaughlin [as Diverse Hands]; Vince Colletta [as Diverse Hands]
- sword and sorcery
- Conan; nameless fisherman; Mala; Hagfar (in flashback); Mala's mother (in flashback); Tostig; Thorfel the Fair; Vanir; nameless Mithra priest; Brogar (Pict chief); Picts; Yag-Kosha (in flashback); Man-Serpent (in flashback)
- Conan travels home to Cimmeria only to discover that his childhood sweetheart, Mala, has been abducted by a band of Vanir raiders. He pursues them by boat and comes across a ship with dead Vanir and Picts next to a dark idol. Conan takes the idol and heads for the Isle of Swords, where Thorfel the Fair is about to marry Mala. Bur rather than giving herself to Thorfel, Mala kills herself. Conan kills Thorfel and receives unexpected help from a band of Picts who have come to the island looking for their dark idol.
- Reprints: show reprint note before migration
Adapted from Robert E. Howard's story "The Dark God" (a non-Conan story).
Diverse Hands identification by Roy Thomas in the letters page of the U.S. publication Savage Sword of Conan #2.