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Conan the Barbarian #41
Ctb 041
Date: August, 1974
Cover: Gil Kane
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Ernie Chan
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "The Garden of Death and Life!"

Major Characters[]

  • Conan (Previous appearance in CB-40; next appearance in CB-42).

Minor Characters[]

  • Zhadoor (First and only appearance to date). Plant creature.
  • Zamorian villagers (First and only appearance to date). Abool and Phandar are named.
  • Haak-Shi and his desert bandits (First and only appearance to date; all die in this issue). Yar Ali is named.


  • The northern Zamorian desert, a week's ride from Arenjun.

Time Frame[]

  • Three days.


In a small desert village Conan comes across a group of villagers determined to kill a beautiful girl named Zhadoor, who seems to have bewitched one of their number. Conan fights them off and flees the village with the girl, who tells him of a nearby oasis. On their way there, they are discovered by a group of desert bandits, who follow them to the oasis, a resfreshing pool next to a large tree filled with large pods. Conan dives into the welcoming waters, but discovers the pool's floor littered with bones. Afraid the water is poisoned, and realizing the oasis's name, Shar-Al-Tjinin, is Zamorian for "bones of fools," Conan comes to the surface only to be captured by the bandits, who intend to sell him into slavery. That night, Conan slips free but discovers that Zhadoor has died for mysterious reasons. At that moment, the tree itself attacks the men, using vines and ropes to pull the men into a gaping maw in its trunk. Conan frantically attacks the tree creature with a torch, setting it aflame, and killing it and all the bandits. Only one of the pods remains unharmed, and it opens up revealing a perfect replica of Zhadoor, who apparantly was only a spore to lure men to the oasis for the tree to devour. Horrified, Conan kills the plant-woman and rides away.



Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #40
Conan the Barbarian #41 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #42

Conan the Barbarian
Previous Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #40
Conan the Barbarian #41 Next Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #42