(May 1974)

Marvel, 1971 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.75 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics Group
Brand
Marvel Magazine Group
Editing
Roy Thomas
Color
color cover; black & white interior
Dimensions
magazine size
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was an ongoing series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Conan / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Neal Adams (painting)
Inks
Neal Adams (painting)
Colors
Neal Adams (painting)
Letters
typeset

Genre
sword and sorcery
Characters
Conan
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

Conan / illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
P. Craig Russell (signed)
Inks
P. Craig Russell (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
sword and sorcery
Characters
Conan
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Indexer Notes

Conan illustration on inside front and inside back covers.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Conan / table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Neal Adams (signed)

Genre
sword and sorcery
Characters
Conan
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Conan / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas ?
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Letters
typeset

Genre
sword and sorcery
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Indexer Notes

Introductory page to "Night of the Dark God".

Night of the Dark God (Table of Contents: 4)

Conan / comic story / 21 pages (report information)

Script
Robert E. Howard (original story); Roy Thomas (adaptation)
Pencils
Gil Kane; Neal Adams
Inks
Neal Adams [as Diverse Hands]; Pablo Marcos [as Diverse Hands]; Frank McLaughlin [as Diverse Hands]; Vince Colletta [as Diverse Hands]
Colors
Pablo Marcos (tones)
Letters
John Costanza

Genre
sword and sorcery
Characters
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)
Synopsis
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. But 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.
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Indexer Notes

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 Savage Sword of Conan #2.

Star-Crossed Swords (Table of Contents: 5)

Conan / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas
Pencils
Al Williamson (illustration)
Inks
Al Williamson (illustration)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We're back again -- and this time we mean it.
Genre
non-fiction; sword and sorcery
Characters
Conan
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Indexer Notes

Thomas discuss the return of Savage Tales to the publication schedule.

Jason and His Electric Argonauts (Table of Contents: 6)

Heroic Fantasy in the Films / text article / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Erwin Stevenson; Roy Thomas (foreword)
Pencils
? (photographs)
Inks
? (photographs)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) is generally given credit for crating the genre called "sword-and-sorcery"...
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Indexer Notes

Article includes movie stills from Jason and the Argonauts.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Crusader / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
From the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries, the shining knights of Christendom launched a series of Crusades...

Indexer Notes

Intro page to the Crusader.

[Origin of the Crusader, Part 2] (Table of Contents: 8)

Crusader / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Maneely (signed)
Inks
Joe Maneely (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Like sand drifting over the desert, the savage hordes slipped unseen around King Richard's camp!
Genre
historical
Characters
Crusader [El Alemain]; Saladin (villain, introduction); Sir Guy De Montfort (villain, introduction); Richard the Lion-Hearted (introduction)
Synopsis
Upon learning that he is actually Frankish nobility, the Saracen warrior known as El Alemein joins the Crusaders. Saladin appears and challenges King Richard the Lion-Hearted to a duel, but El Alemein offers to fight in the king's place and defeats Saladin. King Richard knights El Alemein and names him Lord O'Dare.
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Indexer Notes

Stan Lee writer credit removed based on information from the Timely/Atlas discussion list.

The Hour of the Gnome (Table of Contents: 9)

The Artists of Conan / text article / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas
Pencils
Barry Windsor-Smith; John Forte; Frank Kelly Freas; Ed Emshwiller [as EMSH] (signed)
Inks
Barry Windsor-Smith; John Forte; Frank Kelly Freas; Ed Emshwiller [as EMSH] (signed)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
By now, nearly everybody knows the story by heart:..
Characters
Conan
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Conan / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas ?
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Green to civilization and entirely lawless by nature...
Genre
sword and sorcery
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Indexer Notes

Intro to "The Dweller in the Dark".

The Dweller in the Dark (Table of Contents: 11)

Conan / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
Roy Thomas
Pencils
Barry Windsor-Smith [as Barry Smith]
Inks
Barry Windsor-Smith [as Barry Smith]
Letters
Gaspar Saladino; Sam Rosen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ho, desert-rat!
Genre
sword and sorcery
Characters
Conan; Yulek; Queen Fatima; Yaila
Synopsis
Conan becomes Captain of the royal guard in the small city-state of Zahmahn as well as the lover of Queen Fatima. When the Queen catches Conan with the servant girl Yaila in a delicate situation, she leaves them in the dungeon to be devoured by the Dweller in the Dark. They manage to escape, however, and Conan throws the Queen to the monster. According to tradition, Zahmahn can only be ruled by a female sovereign, so Conan nominates Yaila as the new queen.
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Keywords
Corinthia; Zahmahn

Indexer Notes

Barry Smith confirmed as inker in letters page of Conan the Barbarian #16.
Pages 3, 4, 5, and 14 appear here in their original uncensored form (they were partially redrawn due to Comics Code objections when first published in Conan the Barbarian #12).

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

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Conan
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Conan
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Conan
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Conan
  5. 4. Night of the Dark God
    Conan
  6. 5. Star-Crossed Swords
    Conan
  7. 6. Jason and His Electric Argonauts
    Heroic Fantasy in the Films
  8. 7. ["From the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries, the shining knights of Christendom launched a series of Crusades..."]
    Crusader
  9. 8. [Origin of the Crusader, Part 2]
    Crusader
  10. 9. The Hour of the Gnome
    The Artists of Conan
  11. 10. ["Green to civilization and entirely lawless by nature..."]
    Conan
  12. 11. The Dweller in the Dark
    Conan
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Conan
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Conan
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