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Conan the Barbarian #33
Ctb 033
Date: December, 1973
Cover: Herb Trimpe
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Ernie Chua
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "Death and Seven Wizards!"

Major Characters[]

  • Conan (Previous appearance CB-32; next appearance CB-34).

Minor Characters[]

  • Bourtai (Previous CB-32; next appearance CB-34). Wan Tengri thief.
  • Kassar. (Previous appearance CB-32; dies in this issue). Khitain shepherd.
  • The Seven Wizards (First full appearance of all; one appeared in CB-32; all appear next in CB-34). The ruling body of Wan Tengri.


  • The city of Wan Tengri in Khitai.

Time Frame[]

  • One day.


The beggar Bourtai hovers over Conan, intending on robbing what he thinks is a corpse. The barbarian comes to and forces Bourtai to lead him off the grounds. Bourtai leads him through a cave system to the hideout of the local thieves' guild, and Conan, having once plied his trade as a thief, feels right at home. Bourtai explains how seven wizards came to Wan Tengri and overthrew the previous king and now rule the city with magic and terror. Conan also learns that Kassar, the man who smugled Conan into the city, has been captured and will be put to death. Feeling responsible, Conan vows to save him, and has Boutrai lead him to the Flam Tower where the wizards rule. The tower itself is surrounded by the magical red flames that cover the city, and each untrusting wizard's personal guard lies ready to attack each other for the slightest reason. Bourtai and Conan sneak into the underground passages of the tower, and the two are separated. Conan comes across the already deceased Kassar, and soon finds himself in an arena, a guest of the seven wizards. For their entertainment, the wizards send tigers and men after Conan, culminating in a beautiful massked woman. When Conan removes the veil, however, he sees only a skull - he is now facing Death herself...


  • Adapted from the novel Flame Winds by Norvell Page.


  • Conan Saga #70
  • The Chronicles of Conan Volume Five: The Shadow in the Tomb and Other Stories

Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #32
Conan the Barbarian #33 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #34

Conan the Barbarian
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Conan the Barbarian #32
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Conan the Barbarian #34