Conan the Barbarian #23
Ctb 023
Date: Febaruary, 1973
Cover: Gil Kane
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Barry Smith
Inker: Dan Adkins
John Buscema
Chic Stone
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "The Shadow of the Vulture"

Major CharactersEdit

  • Conan (Previous appearance in CB-21; next appearance in CB-24).
  • Red Sonja (First appearance; previous chronological appearance ??; next appearance in CB-24).

Minor CharactersEdit

  • Ghannif (First and only appearance to date). King of Pah Dishah.
  • Yezdigerd (Previous appearance in CB-20; next appearance in CB-25).
  • Mikhal-Oglu (First appearance; dies in this issue). Turanian mercenary. Also called the Vulture.
  • Melissandra (Previous appearance in CB-21; next appearance in CB-24).
  • Eannatum (Previous appearance in CB-21; next appearance in CB-24).


  • Makkalet, Pah-Dishah, and south of Pah-Dishah.

Time FrameEdit

  • Several days. This story takes place three weeks after CB-21.


Conan reaches the city of Pah-Dishah with a request of help for the beseiged city of Makkalet. He delivers the message and leaves, despite the king's interest in his "barbaric tales." He heads south. Meanwhile, at Makkalet, Yezdigerd is visited by Mikhal Oglu - the Vulture. The prince sends the Vulture to find and punish Conan for the scar the barbarian gave him some weeks back. The Turanian forces track Conan down in a village south of Pah-Dishah. The Cimmerian is herded back to Makkalet and rescued by the newly arrived armies pof Pah-Dishah, led by the warrior woman Red Sonja. Conan is now stuck with Melissandra and Eannatum, who tried to have him killed. Conan stumbles across a group of spies for Yezdigerd attempting to send messages. They tied him up but he is found by Sonja. Conan is freed and sets a trap for the Vulture, knowing he is on his way. A day later a package arrives in the Turanian camp - the head of the Vulture.


Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #21
Conan the Barbarian #23 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #24

Red Sonja Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #23 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #24


  • Conan Saga #7
  • Essential Conan
  • The Chronicles of Conan Volume Four: The Song of Red Sonja and Other Stories

Conan the Barbarian
Previous Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #22
Conan the Barbarian #23 Next Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #24

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