SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #43

“King Thoth-Amon”
Writer: Roy Thomas adapted from novel “Conan the Buccaneer” by L. Sprague De Camp and Lin Carter
Artists: Sal Buscema & Tony Dezuniga

Conan comes back after escaping the Amazons to find his ship the Wastrel sunk. Black Zarono managed to do this. So Conan with the help of Juma has to repair his ship. This is done fairly quickly and he goes back to Kordava. When they arrive they find out that Zarono has picked up Thoth-Amon and Duke Villagro has already started to take over the government. In fact soon after their arrival there is an announcement from the king. A meeting has been called for all the nobles. At it the old king abdicates but instead of naming Villagro he name Thoth-Amon. As Thoth-Amon goes to accept the crown Villagro snatches up the Cobra crown and puts it on. He uses its power to battle Thoth-Amon. Conan than comes with the princess and rallies those who are against Thoth-Amon. The two factions fight with Conan’s men gaining the upper hand. Thoth-Amon and Black Zarono are forced to flee. Conan later declines the proposal of marriage with Chabela. He didn’t like the idea of becoming a Zingarian gentlemen and opts for life as a pirate.

“Notes on Various Peoples of the Hyborian Age”
By Robert E. Howard

Notes written by Howard on the peoples that make up Aquilonia.

“The Deadly Claws of Kathulos”
By Fred Blosser

A review on a new book. It had a story that Howard wrote featuring a Fu Manchu like character battling his hero Steve Costigan. Later the second unfinished story was completed by Fritz Lieber and the two stories were released as a book.

“Pass of Death”
Writer: Roy Thomas adapting part II of “Kings of the Night” by Robert E. Howard
Artist: David Wenzel

Bran Mak Morn lures the Romans into a valley. He uses Kull and the northmen as bait. Soon the Romans are surrounded and wiped out. Kull returns to his time. Bran feels bad about sacrificing the northmen but it had to be done to defeat the Romans.

Well the final entry in the Buccaneer story was quite satisfying. We got a final confrontation between all the various players. A big surprise is Thoth-Amon betraying his ally to seize the crown. Yet the timely intervention of Conan saved the kingdom. I also love the ending where Conan just couldn’t stand the idea of becoming a noble fop. So he forgoes the marriage to Chabela because he would rather take a crown than get it as a wedding present.

The two articles were quite interesting. Having Howard write about his world is great insight into the Hyborian age. Also interesting to hear of a Howard story that was released as a book.

Finally the conclusion to “Kings of the Night” was excellent. Howard really managed to tell an exciting tale and bring two of his creations together. He had the foresight before the comics were doing this to his characters. I think this is the best of the Bran Mak Morn stories.

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