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Conan the Barbarian #43
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Date: October, 1974
Cover: Gil Kane
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Ernie Chan
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "Tower of Blood"

Major CharactersEdit

Minor CharactersEdit

  • Mamnon of Ophir and his bounty hunters (First and only appearance to date; all but Mamnon die in this issue). Laxil is named.
  • Uathacht and Morophia (First appearance; both appear next in CB-44). Immortal vampires.
  • Dromek (First and only appearance to date; dies in this issue). Deformed monster.

LocationEdit

  • The desert a day's ride outside of Aernjun.

Time FrameEdit

  • One day.

SynopsisEdit

Conan and Red Sonja are being chased by bounty hunters after leaving the city of Arenjun with a suspicion of murder charge hanging over their heads. An arrow topples Sonja's mount, and Conan scoops her up as they make their way into a rocky, mountainous pass. They are forced to abandon their other horse as they reach a cavern in the cliffs, and Conan takes advantage of a loose boulder to topple on the pursuing bounty hunter, killing all but their leader, Mamnon, who flees to get more help. The two wander into the gigantic, red-misted cavern, and are attacked by a humanoind bat creature. They find a structure at the center of the fog, but are mystically attacked and rendered unconscious. Conan awakes first, to face Uathacht and her brother Morophla, immortal vampires cursed by Thoth-Amon, while the bat-creatures outside are creations called Afterlings. Morophla seems to have full power of Conan's actions, and forces him to carry Sonja to Dromek, a hideous creature who was used as a breeder for the brother and sister's food supply, but has since devolved into a monster. Uathacht pushes Sonja into Dromek's pit, but Conan jumps in and slays the creature. Conan and Sonja are brought to a cell where they await their fate...

NotesEdit

  • Freely adapted from a story by David A. English from the magazine Witchcraft and Sorcery (v1 #5, Jan-Feb '71).
  • Doctor Strange v3 #11 establishes Morophla and Uathacht as bonafide vampires (and by extension a connection to the Marvel Universe), but Roy Thomas has claimed they aren't "true" vampires.

ReprintedEdit


Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Savage Sword of Conan #1
Conan the Barbarian #43 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #44

Conan the Barbarian
Previous Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #42
Conan the Barbarian #43 Next Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #44

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