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Conan the Barbarian #24
Ctb 024
Date: March, 1973
Cover: Barry Smith
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Barry Smith
Inker: Barry Smith
Colorist: Barry Smith
Letterer: Artie Simek
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "The Song of Red Sonja"

Major Characters[]

Minor Characters[]

  • Big Jax (First appearance; possibly appeared in CB-23 unnamed; next appearance ??). Mercenary in Red Sonja's company.
  • Kharam-Akkad (Previous appearance CB-21; next appearance CB-25).
  • Melissandra (Previous appearance CB-23; next appearance CB-25).
  • Eannatum (Previous appearance CB-23; next appearance CB-25).
  • Chumballa Bey (First appearance; next appearance CB-25). A captain of guard in Makkalet.


  • Makkalet.

Time Frame[]

  • One evening.


Red Sonja entertains a tavern in Makkalet with a dance, which quickly leads to a typical bar brawl, which Conan deals with in his typical way. In a quiet moment, Sonja rebuffs Conan's advances, though the two decide to ride off and cause some mischief together, including stealing the captain of the guard's horse. Meanwhile, Kharam-Akkad looks into a magical mirror with horror...
Part II
Sonja and Conan approach a tower, intending on pilfering its riches. The two climb the walls and find a room of uncalculable wealth. As Conan pokes around the room, Sonja looks for a specific trinket the king of Pah-Dishah sent her for, a serpent tiara. Once she finds it, she bolts from the room and Conan hears her scream. Meanwhile, King Eannatum conforts his wife as the Turanian armies outside continue their assault...
Part III
Conan sees Sonja battling a misty snake that seems to be coming from the circlet in her hand. The two warriors manage to slay the beast and it turns back into the tiara. Sonja speaks an ancient phrase, spoken by King Kull of Valusia, to lock it into its shape. They leave the temple, and Sonja tries to sabotage Conan's descent. Conan, extremely angry and not a little bit turned on, finds out the hard way that Sonja will only give herself to a man who defeats her in battle. She rides off laughing, and Conan, done with it all, wanders back to the barracks.


  • This issue is partly told through Robert E. Howard poems.

Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #23
Conan the Barbarian #24 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #25
Red Sonja Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #23
Conan the Barbarian #24 Next Appearance:
Savage Sword of Conan #153


  • Conan Saga #8
  • Essential Conan
  • The Chronicles of Conan Volume Four: The Song of Red Sonja and Other Stories

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