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Conan the Barbarian #1
Ctb 001
Date: October, 1970
Cover: Barry Smith
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Barry Smith
Inker: Dan Adkins
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Editor: Stan Lee
Title: "The Coming of Conan"

Major Characters[]

Minor Characters[]

  • Olav the Aesir (First appearance; dies in this issue).
  • Sharkosh the Shaman (First appearance; dies in this issue).
  • Gondur, Volff, Hothar (First appearance; all die in this issue). Vanir men.
  • Tara (First appearance; no further appearance to date). Demoness.


  • Vanaheim

Time Frame[]

  • One day


Conan assists the Aesir leader Olav in fending off three Vanir. The Vanir leader, Volff, discovers a cave where Sharkosh the Shaman, through the power of his magical Star Stone, agrees to help Volff in return for Conan's body. Sharkosh's demons attack and kill the Aesir and capture Conan. Sharkosh's handmaiden, Tara, reveals to Conan the source of Sharkoth's power, and, escaping his cage, Conan shatters the stone while Sharkoth is in communion with it, revealing the future destiny of Conan and mankind. Conan flees the caves with Tara as the entire mountain explodes. Tara reveals herself to be a demon from the dimension of the Star Stone and she is pulled back to her home plane as Conan wanders off, contemplating the future he was shown.


  • This story is retold, with new art, in SSOC-222.


  • Conan the Barbarian #22
  • Conan Saga #1
  • Conan Classic #1
  • Essential Conan
  • Chronicles of Conan Volume One: Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories
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