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Conan the Barbarian #21
Ctb 021
Date: December, 1972
Cover: Barry Smith
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Barry Smith
Inker: Dan Adkins
Craig Russell
Val Mayerik
Letterer: Artie Simek
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "The Monster of the Monoliths"

Major Characters[]

  • Conan (Previous appearance in CB-20; next appearance in CB-23).

Minor Characters[]

  • Kharam-Akkad (Previous appearance CB-20; next appearance CB-24).
  • Melissandra (Previous appearance CB-20; next appearance CB-23).
  • Eannatum (Previous appearance CB-20; next appearance CB-23).
  • Khurusan (First appearance; dies in this issue). Makkalet soldier.


  • Makkalet.

Time Frame[]

  • Two days.


Conan washes up on the docks of Makkalet and, in hopes of extracting information, is brought by the soldier Khurusan before the king. Conan explains his situation, and King Eannatum, amused, decides to let Conan work for him. Conan is sent to recruit the help of the queen's father, and, after Melissandra gives him a rune-carved armlet, Conan, Khurusan, and several other soldiers ride from town. They encounter Turnaina troops attempting to blockade the roads leading from town, but break free. They come to an altar made of towering obelisks and, to Conan's surprise, kill its caretaker, a blind hermit. The soldiers then beat Conan into unconsciousness and tie him and the hermit's daughter to the altar, intending to sacrifice him, which has been their intention all along. Khurusan then kills the other soldiers to leave no witnesses. He starts the ritual and kills the girl, and a humanoid toad-like monster materializes on top of an obelisk. Conan manages to break his bonds and scrambles away, but the toad-creature follows. Conan realizes that the armlet is calling to the crature and tosses it to a surprised Khurusan. The creature pounces on and devours the solider, then vanishes. Conan decides, since he gave his word, to continue his journey to recruilt soldiers for Makkalet's cause.



Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #20
Conan the Barbarian #21 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #23

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