Conan the Barbarian #48
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Date: March, 1975
Cover: John Buscema
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Dick Giordano & Terry Austin
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "The Rats Dance at Ravengard!"
"Episode!"

The Rats Dance at Ravengard![edit | edit source]

Major Characters[edit | edit source]

  • Conan (Last appearance in CB-47; next appearance in CB-49).

Minor Characters[edit | edit source]

  • Stefanya (Last appearance in CB-47; next appearance in CB-49).
  • Zoqquanor (corpse only) (Last appearance in CB-47; next appearance in CB-51).
  • Torkal Moh and his men (First appearance; some appear next in CB-49). Xenic is named (and killed).

Location[edit | edit source]

  • The province of Ravengard in the Border Kingdoms.

Time Frame[edit | edit source]

  • A few hours.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Conan and Stefanya continue their journey to Phalkar while Conan tells the girl about an adventure he had when he was 15 years old. The story is interrupted by Torkal Moh and his men, who demand tribute for the pair's journey through his lands. Conan kills one of them and urges Stefanya to fle, but they are soon both captured and Conan is beaten to unconsciousness. He awakens to find himself flat on his back, hands tied to stakes, as the rats of Ravengard emerge from their barrows...

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Freely adapted from the novel Kothar and the Conjurer's Curse by Gardner Fox.

Reprinted[edit | edit source]

  • Conan Saga 81
  • The Chronicles of Conan Volume Seven: The Dweller in the Pool and Other Stories


Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #47
Conan the Barbarian #48 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #49


Flashback[edit | edit source]

Major Characters[edit | edit source]

Minor Characters[edit | edit source]

  • Ursla (First appearance; no further appearances to date). Queen of the Wild.

Location[edit | edit source]

  • Cimmeria's mountains

Time Frame[edit | edit source]

  • Three days

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Conan, on his 15th birthday, is sent into the wilderness with a cloak and a sword. He encounters a pair of white bears and their mistress, Ursla, who takes the young barbarian in. She also initiates him into manhood. When he returns the next day to his tribe, the elders, impressed with his fortitude, vow to take him on the raid of Venarium.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Reprinted[edit | edit source]


Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
SSOC-203
Conan the Barbarian #48
flashback
Next Appearance:
SSOC-227


Episode![edit | edit source]

Conan the Barbarian
Previous Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #47
Conan the Barbarian #48 Next Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #49
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