CONAN THE BARBARIAN #159

“Cauldron of the Doomed!”

Writers: John Buscema & Michael Fleisher

Artist: John Buscema

Conan has entered a pit fight for some money in a small Border Kingdom city. He beats up the local champion and then meets a beautiful woman. Marielle is a local noblewoman and invites Conan to dinner. There she gives him a drugged wine that turns Conan into a mindless slave. For a week he becomes this fop who goes around shopping with Marielle. After a week she gets tired of him and is going to turn him into a stone statue. Only a servant girl manages to stab Conan with a knife and bring him out of his mind control. With his mind clear it is a simple task for Conan to take care of Marielle’s men. Conan then finds a horse and with the servant girl rides out for further adventures.

By now it looks like Buscema is responsible for plotting the stories and Fleisher just fills in the dialogue. This seems to be working for we are getting some interesting stories. This one has Conan becomes this effeminate fop who follows Marielle around like a lap dog. This was kind of funny. Needless to say thankfully there was an oppressed servant girl who helps Conan break the spell. A good original story.

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