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Conan the Barbarian #3
Ctb 003
Date: February, 1971
Cover: Barry Smith
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Barry Smith
Inker: Sal Buscema
Colorist: Barry Smith
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Editor: Stan Lee
Title: "The Twilight of the Grim Grey God"

Major Characters[]

  • Conan (Last chronological appearance in CB-92; next chronological appearance in CA-3).

Minor Characters[]

  • Borri, the Grey God (First appearance; next chronological appearance CA-7).
  • The Choosers of the Slain. (First appearance; two, Skalla and Hylda appear next and are named in CA-7). Twelve valkryes who take the souls of the dead.
  • Dunlang (First appearance; dies in this issue; his undead corpse appears next in CA-7). Brythunian
  • Eevin (First appearance; no further appearances to dates).
  • Malachi (First appearance; dies in this issue; his undead corpse appears next in CA-7).
  • Kormlada (First appearance; no further appearances to date).
  • Tomar (First appearance; dies in this issue). King of Hyperborea.
  • Brian (First appearance; dies in this issue). King of Brythunia.


  • Border of Hyperborea and Brythunia.

Time Frame[]

  • Two days.


As Conan once again tries to break his slave chains, he is approached by a man who claims war is coming. The man reveals to Conan the flying-horse-riding Choosers of the Slain and in general acts mysterious and godlike. Conan soon comes across Dunlag, a Brythunian, and learns war is brewing between Hyperborea and Brythunia. Dunlag takes Conan to his camp and they meet Dunlag's lover, Eevin. Meanwhile, in the woods, Brythunian commander Malachi secretly meets with the consort of King Tomar of the Hyperboreans. Malachi agrees to betray Brian, king of Brythunia. Back in the Brythunian camp, Eevin sees visions of the Grey God Conan met earlier, but Dunlag is determined to fight. Conan joins the Hyperboareans, mostly to get revenge for being enslaved, and meets Malachi. The two do not get along. The armies clash the next morning and Conan gets revenge on several Hyperboareans, especially one particular one who whipped him. However, oddly, Malachi refuses to bring his cavalry to bear. Conan suspects treachery. Dunlag is killed, which enrages Conan and he chases and kills Malachi, Brian and Tomar meet and both slay the other as the Grey God watches. The Choosers of the Slain fly from the sky and take the honored dead as Conan realizes he had just encountered the god Borri.


  • Freely adapted from Robert E. Howard's story "The Grey God Passes."

Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #92
Conan the Barbarian #3 Next Appearance:
Conan the Adventurer #3

Conan the Barbarian
Previous Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #2
Conan the Barbarian #3 Next Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #4


  • Classic Conan #3
  • Conan Saga #1
  • Essential Conan
  • The Chronicles of Conan Volume One: Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories