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Conan the Barbarian #15
Ctb 015
Date: May, 1972
Cover: Barry Smith
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Barry Smith
Inker: Sal Buscema
Colorist: Barry Smith
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Editor: Stan Lee
Title: "The Green Empress of Melnibone"

Major CharactersEdit

  • Conan (Last appearance in CB-15; next appearance in SSOC-70).

Minor CharactersEdit

  • Zephra (Previous appearance CB-14; next appearance SSOC-241).
  • Elric (Previous appearance CB-14; no further appearances to date).
  • Gaynor (Previous appearance CB-14; next chronological appearance in first story of SSOC-189).
  • Xiombarg (Previous appearance CB-14; no further appearances to date).
  • Zukala (Previous appearance CB-14; next chronological appearance in first story of SSOC-189).
  • Kulan-Gath (First full appearance; dies in this issue but appears again in CB-253). Sorcerer and rival of Thoth-Amon.
  • Terhali (First and only appearance to date; dies in this issue.). Green Empress of Melnibone.


  • Eastern Koth.

Time FrameEdit

  • Several Days.


Conan and his companions Zephra and Elric approach the Sighing Lake where the other-dimensional city of Yagala stands. They are attacked by demons, but easily defeat them and make their way to the shores. They are forced to craft a boat from the ribcage of a giant skeletal creature while Sephra's father, Zukala, watches them through a magical portal. The three reach Kulan-Gath, who is attempting to summon the dread Terhali of Melnibone in order to gain supreme power. He believes the others were sent by Thoth-Amon, but before anything can be done, Prince Gaynor and his armies appear and all hell breaks loose. Kulan-Gath manages to complete his spell and Terhali rises from the dead. Elric defeats, but is unable to kill, Gaynor, and Kulan-Gath annoys Terhali to the point where she kills him. Elric and Conan attack the witch-queen but she knocks them both unconscious. Zephra becomes possessed by Arkyn, a Lord of Law and enemy of Terhali. The now powerful Zephra destorys Terhali, but dies in the process. Elric returns to his dimension as the city of Yagala crumbles and is swallowed by the Sighing Lake. Conan gives Zukala his daughter's body and rides away.



Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #15
Conan the Barbarian #15 Next Appearance:
Savage Sword of Conan #70

Conan the Barbarian
Previous Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #14
Conan the Barbarian #15 Next Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #16

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