“Demons of the Firelight! Part II”
Writer: Michael Fleisher
Artists: John Buscema & Ernie Chan
Conan rides with a handful of men to attack King Maklos. He sends out his army to crush Conan. Only it is a trap. Many more come poring out of hiding and fall on his troops. They easily reach the open gates and enter the city. Maklos blames the alchemist Gabrelle Pok and gives orders for his men to kill him. Pok flees but a thrown knife lands in his back. He manages to reach his lab an release his undead creation. This creature kills King Maklos and tries to kill Conan. Conan manages to lure it to a vat of acid and destroy the undead creature. His girl comes to confess she was putting lotus power in the fire to give him hallucinations. Conan tells her he knows and used it to convince Maklos that he was going mad and his men deserting. So it was actually her treachery that helped Conan obtain victory. So he forgive her because she is hot.
“In the Halls of Shilme”
Writers: Bruce Jones & John Buscema
Artist: John Buscema
Bront is captive of the amazons and being lead over a stone bridge. On a boat comes a figure with dead eyes that causes the bridge to collapse. He pulls Bront out and takes him to a castle. There Bront finds himself captive to this goofy wizard named Shilme. He frets about the clothes he got Bront and how interesting Bront is. He also has one of his undead servants attack him. Bront wins and finds out Shilme is a stone from the waist down.
“Behind the Scenes with Conan Executive Producer..Edward R. Pressman”
By David Anthony Kraft
An interview with the executive producer to the upcoming Conan movie. Tell his biography and how he got involved with the project.
“An Interview with the Associate Producer of the Conan Movie..Edward Summer”
By David Anthony Kraft.
An interview with the associate producer on the upcoming Conan film. Tell his biography and how he got involved with the project.
“Island of Pirates’ Doom Part VI”
Writer: Roy Thomas
Artists: John Buscema & Danny Bulanadi
Metallus and Valeria are captured by the pirate captain Gowar and his two men. Valeria is ties to a column and Metallus, who they think has two broken arms, has his feet tied and dumped next to her. They then start to break open the walls looking for the treasure. One pirate is killed by a snake. The other two break open the alter. Gowar pulls a gem he finds which causes the ceiling to collapse on them. Metallus manages to free himself and Valeria. Later they make it to the beach and see a merchant vessel coming. Metallus asks Valeria to marry him and she agrees to get to know him first. The end up kissing.
This was grab bag of an issue. The main story was enjoyable but really didn’t need to be a two-parter. It was clear it was meant for just a single issue. They decided to spend the first five pages in a recap of the previous issue to pad is out some.
The return of Bront was enjoyable. An offbeat story filled with action, humor and mystery. This was a good character for backup and I always enjoyed reading Bront.
The interview were OK if nothing special. I suppose at the time the movie was just released and of much interest to the readership.
Finally the conclusion to the Valeria story. That too seemed to have been dragged out more then it was originally written to be. Still I loved the story and it’s conclusion.