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Conan the Barbarian #27
Ctb 027
Date: June, 1973
Cover: Gil Kane
Ernie Chua
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Ernie Chua
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "The Blood of Bel-Hissar!"

Major CharactersEdit

  • Conan (Previous appearance in CB-26; next appearance in CB-28).

Minor CharactersEdit

  • Turghol (First and only appearance to date). Khitain mute.
  • Suwaan (First and only appearance to date). Khitain slave girl.
  • Kai Shaah (First appearance; next appearance in CB-35). Bandit.
  • Skol Abonur (First appearance; dies in this issue). Leader of Bab-el-Shaithan.

LocationEdit

  • The bandit fortress Bab-el-Shaithan, south of the Zaporoska River.

Time FrameEdit

  • One day.

SynopsisEdit

Conan's journey away from Makkalet is stalled when he comes across a woman being attacked by burly desert man. Conan leaps to her rescue, but the battle is interrupted by Yezdigerd's men. Conan grabs the girl and escapes on his horse, with the desert man riding behind him. They come across a fortress in the desert, and a gate opens to let them in, slamming shut on the Turanian riders. A horde of armed men greet Conan, who wisely decides surrender is the best option. Conan, the desert man (a mute from Khitai named Turgohl) and the woman, who turns out to be Turghol's slave, Suwaan, are taken to a feast hall where they discover all the men here are outcasts and bandits under the rule of the outlaw Skol Abonur. The mere fact a woman is in the area ignites passions, and a fight breaks out that is fatally ended by Abonur, who tolerates no disrespect. Abonur is friendly with Conan and explains he keeps the men in check with a ruby, the Blood of Bel-Hissar. Should another man slay him and take it, that man would become a target, so the outlaws are content to let Abonur play them against each other. That night, Conan hopes to spend the evening with Suwaan, but she drugs him, and when he awakens, he finds Abonur and his men dead and the ruby missing. Conan leads a group of outlaws deep into the fortress, where they find the girl; to Conan's surprise, she fingers him as the thief. Conan fights his way through the crowd, and is pulled through a secret passage by Turgohl. The mute leads Conan outside the fortress and they make their escape. Conan is confused until Turohl pulls the Blood of Bel-Hissar from his pocket. Conan realizes that Suwaan had intended to betray them both, but Turghol had managed to snatch the ruby for himself. Suwaan, however, remains at the mercy of outlaws who have not seen a woman for some period of time. Conan contemplates fighting Turghol for the ruby, but decides it's not worth the trouble and takes his leave.

NotesEdit

  • Freely adapted from "The Blood of Belshazzar" by Robert E. Howard.
  • Bab-el-Shaithan is also called Bel-el-Shaithan.


Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #26
Conan the Barbarian #27 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #28

ReprintedEdit

  • Conan Saga #64
  • The Chronicles of Conan Volume Five: Shadow of the Tomb and Other Stories


Conan the Barbarian
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Conan the Barbarian #26
Conan the Barbarian #27 Next Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #28

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