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Conan the Barbarian #26
Ctb 026
Date: May, 1973
Cover: John Buscema
Ernie Chua
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Ernie Chua
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "The Hour of the Griffin!"

Major Characters[]

  • Conan (Previous appearance in CB-25; next appearance in CB-27).

Minor Characters[]

  • Yezdigerd (Previous appearance CB-25; next appearance ??).
  • Sulimar (Previous appearance CB-25; next appearance ??).
  • Melissandra (Previous appearance CB-25; next appearance ??).
  • Eannatum (Previous appearance CB-25; dies in this issue).
  • Chumballa Bey (Previous appearance CB-25;; next appearance ??).
  • Tarim (Previous appearance CB-25; dies in this issue).


  • Makkalet.

Time Frame[]

  • One evening. This story takes place immediately after CB-25.


Conan stands in front of the the mirror of Tuzun Thune that shows him killing Kharam-Akad as the forces of Yezdigerd raid the city of Makkalet . The prince and his advisor, Sulimar, discover a cave that directly leads into the Temple of Tarim. They send a ship to seek the cave, while inside the city King Eannatum tries to comfort his wife Melissandra. The king decides that only Kharam-Akad can save his wife, and sends her to the wizard-priest. Conan, however, stands over Kharam's body and smashes the mirrors. He helps Chumballa Bey, who had been stabbed by Kharam, and then tries to decide how to flee the city. Meanwhile, the Turanians have come through the caves and descended through a trap door in the griffin statue in the courtyard, and quickly slaughter the defending soldiers of Makkalet, capturing Melissandra. Conan manages to fight off a number of Turanians, and escapes with the queen and Chumballa deeper into the castle. Conan finds himself in the room with the Living Tarim and discovers the god incarnate that all have been fighting for is in fact a diseased, inbred imbeclie. The soldiers of Turan accidentally kill the Tarim with arrows, and Conan flees the chamber. The king is finally tracked down and killed, and, after a battle with a giant rat and occasional run-ins with the Turanians,Conan, Melissandra, and Chumballa reach the coast. The Cimmerian heads south while the others sail towards Melissandra's father. Yezdigerd celebrates his victory with a parade, marching the robed figure of the Tarim through the city, while only he and Sulimar know underneath the robes a skeleton is all that remains.


Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #25
Conan the Barbarian #26 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #27


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Conan the Barbarian
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