Conan the Barbarian #21 [Regular Edition]
(December 1972)

Marvel, 1970 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.20 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1972-09-12
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Magazine Management Co., Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [entire top banner]
Editing
Roy Thomas (credited) (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Etcetera & The Comic Reader #88 August 1972.
This issue has variants:
Parts of this issue are reprinted:

The Monster of the Monoliths! (Table of Contents)

Conan / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Barry Windsor-Smith (signed as Barry Smith)
Inks
Barry Windsor-Smith (signed as Barry Smith)
Colors
Barry Windsor-Smith
Letters
Morrie Kuramoto

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; sword and sorcery
Characters
Conan
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Coloring credits acknowledged by Barry Windsor-Smith in Spectrum Super Special #3 [2005]

The Monster of the Monoliths! (Table of Contents: 1)

Conan / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas (credited)
Pencils
Barry Windsor-Smith (credited as Barry Smith) (layout); P. Craig Russell (credited as Craig Russell) (penciller); Val Mayerik (credited) (penciller)
Inks
Dan Adkins (credited); Sal Buscema (credited); P. Craig Russell (credited as Craig Russell); Val Mayerik (credited); Mark Kersey (see notes)
Colors
George Roussos
Letters
Artie Simek (credited)

Feature Logo
Conan the Barbarian [splash page masthead, curved letters]
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; sword and sorcery
Characters
Conan; Melissandra; Kharam-Akkad; Yezdigerd; Balthaz; King Eannatum (introduction); Khurusan (introduction, death); Justin the Blind Hermit (introduction, death); Xuthltan
Synopsis
Setting: Makkalet. Conan is taken captive in Makkalet when he defects from the Turanian army. Conan joins and is betrayed by Makkalet forces. Conan fights giant toad-god.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inspired by Robert E Howard story 'The Black Stone'. Smith credit changed from sketches to layout, based on splash page credits and info derived from letters pages.

According to an interview with Craig Russell in Conan: The Jewels of Gwahlur, only the first page and a couple of separate panels were fully drawn by Barry Smith, Val Mayerik completed figure work and Russell backgrounds. Inker Dan Adkins fell behind and called on them to do finished inks. In Back Issue #67 Russell stated he along with Val Mayerik did the finished pencil work, with Russell, Mayerik and Mark Kersey completing the inking.

Roussos coloring credit per Roy Thomas (2018, 116).
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Reference:

Thomas, Roy. 2018. Barbarian Life: A Literary Biography of Conan the Barbarian, Volume One. N.p.: Pulp Hero Press.

Dramatic Data, Dynamic Dispatches, and Death-Defying Declarations of Decidedly Dubious Distinction! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Bullpen Bulletins / in-house column / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Hyborian Page / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas
Letters
typeset

Feature Logo
The Hyborian Page
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from Dean Mullaney, James Edward Smith, Scott Olsen, Duffy Vohland, Gary Oppenhuis, David Randolph III, John Kozak, Gary L. Robinson, and Danny G. Daniels.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Monster of the Monoliths!
    Conan
  2. 1. The Monster of the Monoliths!
    Conan
  3. 2. Dramatic Data, Dynamic Dispatches, and Death-Defying Declarations of Decidedly Dubious Distinction!
    Bullpen Bulletins
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    The Hyborian Page
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