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Conan the Barbarian #183
Conan the Barbarian Vol 1 183
Date: Jun, 1986
Cover: John Buscema
Writer: Jim Owsley
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Ernie Chan
Colorist: George Roussos
Letterer: Janice Chiang
Editor: Larry Hama
Title: "Blood Dawn"

Major Characters[]

  • Conan (Previous appearance in CB-182; next appearance in CB-184).

Minor Characters[]

  • Kollos (Previous appearance in CB-182; next appearance in ??
  • Shappur (Previous appearance in CB-182; next appearance in CB-184).
  • Imhotep (Previous appearance in CB-179; next appearance in CB-184).
  • Maddoc II (Previous appearance in CB-182; next appearance in CB-184).
  • Swan (First appearance; dies in this issue); slave girl
  • Tetra (Previous appearance in CB-182; next appearance in CB-184).


  • Koth
    • City-State of El Shah Madoc and environs

Time Frame[]

  • A few hours


Kollos, leader of the M'Gai tribe, after ordering his men to flee as he saw Imhotep descend onto the battlefield, pauses at the top of a hill to observe. On the other side of the field, Conan's captain Shappur also watches as Conan confronts the demonic creature. Conan holds aloft his magical amulet, which causes the silent Imhotep to flinch, and Kollos, compelled by the amulet, rushes his man to attack Conan and take it. The wearied Conan is beaten down by the horsemen and Kollos seizes the amulet, giving Imhotep the opening to tackle Conan. Meanwhile, back in El Shah Madoc, Maddoc II seeks gossip from the slave girl Swan but is interrupted by the witch Tetra who tells him his plans to have Conan killed as failed, and as punishment, she lights his library on fire, causing him to chase her with murder in his eyes. Back on the battlefield a day's ride outside the city, Conan fights Imhotep, though clearly losing, and as his men ride to help Conan, Imhotep's demonic army appears in the sky. At the castle, Tetra leads Maddoc to the catacombs, taunting him, causing Maddoc to lash out madly with his sword and striking the ground which crumbles beneath him. He falls into a cavern and is attacked by monsters. After Maddoc slays them, Tetra appears looking down from the hole and removes her enchantment - Maddoc has been seeing his guards and servants as monsters and has been slaughtering them. Then she plays her final card, snapping the neck of Swan and crushing Maddoc's spirit entirely. Meanwhile, Shappur and his army find Kollos and demand the amulet back. When Kollos refuses Shappur an his men attack and Shappur regains the amulet, though Kollos gets away. He rushes back to find Conan and sees the end of a mighty battle in which Conan manages to slice Imhotep from head to groin and the demon falls over, dead. Imhotep's hosts flee as Shappur gives the amulet to Conan, both believing that maybe the amulet wasn't necessary after all. Suddenly Imhotep rises and snatches the amulet, but tells Conan since the barbarian defeated him, he was now Conan's slave and the demon kneels before Conan. Shappur, likewise, pledges undying loyalty to Conan and Conan orders him to rally the men to return to El Shah Madoc, not knowing that Tetra has taken over.


  • The Chronicles of Conan 24 - Blood Dawn and Other Stories
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Conan the Barbarian #182
Conan the Barbarian #183 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #184
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