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Conan the Barbarian #42
Ctb 042
Date: September, 1974
Cover: Gil Kane
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Ernie Chan
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "Night of the Gargoyle!"

Major Characters[]

Minor Characters[]

  • Arlinna (First and only appearanace to date). Nemedian girl.
  • Baron Takkim (First and only appearance to date; dies in this issue). Zamoran criminal.
  • Armand, Womar of the One-Eye and Brutos of the Weak Mind (Firat and only apperance to date for all). Zamoran thieves.
  • Lun-Faar (First and only appearance to date; dies in this issue). Khitan merchant.


Time Frame[]

  • One day


Conan has finally made his way to Zamora (Arenjun) and while trying to drink his memories of the journey away, notices a young woman in a window. He follows her and assists her in escaping a small group of thieves. The woman, Arlinna, is being blackmailed by Baron Takkim to steal The Dragon Head of Koblar-Zann, a treasure from the merchant Lun-Faar, an Khitan merchant. It allows Conan to safely escort her to his quarters. She knocks Conan out and makes her way to Lun-Faar, who believes she is Lady Asqueth, there to view his artifcats, including a giant gargoyle statue. Arlinna attempts to steal the Dragon Head of Koblar-Zann but is caught by Lun-Faar, who beats her and turns her loose. He wants to see who she is working with, and orders the gargoyle, in reality a demon bound by the merchant's willpower, to kill her compatriot. Meanwhile, Conan has recovered and tracks the girl, who confesses everything. The two go to Baron Takkim, so Conan can have words with him, but the gargoyle attacks and kills Takkim first. It then turns to Conan, but the fight with Conan so drains the mental energy of Lun-Faar, that his mental control snaps, and the demon, furious at being controlled, flies away to exact its revenge on its former captor. Conan and Arlinna, unsure what has happened, decide to head back to his place once again.


  • Freely adapted from "The Purple Heart of Erlik" by Robert E. Howard.


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