CONAN THE BARBARIAN #70

“The City in the Storm!”
Writer: Roy Thomas adapted from “Marchers of Valhalla” by Robert E. Howard
Artist: John Buscema

The Tigress is in a storm and is forced onto the rocks of an island. The island has a city and soon they are attacked by ape like men from the city. After beating them off a beautiful woman approaches them with a peace offer. The city is Kelka and the priest of Ashtoreth then comes with gifts of gold and food. He makes a deal with Belit and Conan. Their city has to pay tribute to a Barachan pirate named Auro. So they agree fight this pirate and start repairing their ship. The pirate Auro comes and they easily drive him off. The grateful priest of Kelka invites the crew to a feast which Conan accepts. Only the wine is drugged and Conan and the Black Corsairs find themselves now captive and slated for sacrifice to the goddess Ashtoreth.

Another non-Conan Howard story adapted. Once again it is a fine tale that shows Howard knows how to write. An adventure with a lost mysterious city. Pirates and beautiful women. So far I am intrigued to find out more about this city that has ape-like men but beautiful women. This story sets up the reader to want to find out this and of course how Conan and crew manage to get out of being sacrificed. Also we get the first inklings of a problem in one crewman named Kakawu who is a coward and has a hatred of Conan.

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