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Conan the Barbarian #50
Ctb 050
Date: May, 1975
Cover: Gil Kane
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Dick Giordano & Terry Austin
Colorist: Janice Cohen
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "The Dweller in the Pool!"

Major Characters[]

  • Conan (Last appearance in CB-49; next appearance in CB-51).

Minor Characters[]

  • Stefanya (Last appearance in CB-49; next appearance in CB-51).
  • Lupalina the Wolf Mistress (Last appearance in CB-49; next appearance in CB-51).
  • Gwineer (Last appearance in CB-49; dies in this issue).
  • Thalkalides and Elviriom (First appearance; next appearance in CB-51). Border Kingdom wizards.
  • Themas Herklar (First appearance; dies in this issue). Border Kingdom lord.
  • Unos (First appearance; next appearance in CB-51). Supernatural being of magic.


  • The province of Ravengard in the Border Kingdoms.

Time Frame[]

  • A few hours.


The giant monster Pthassiass wastes no time in attacking Conan and his companions, quickly gobling up the unfortunate serving girl Gwineer. Conan's blows barely do any damage to the creature, but he notices that it seems to avoid the living, magical garden itself. Conan manages to lure it into the plants, and the tendrils and vines attack and flay Pthassiass as Conan and Stefanya retreat with the amulet. When the reunite with Lupalina, the wold-woman reveals that she does indeed know Stefanya, and reveals the girl's history. She is the daughter of Thormond, the lord of Phalkar, whose demise was plotted by the wizards Thalkaldies and Elviriom. Lupalina, when she was called Samandra and was merely the lady-in-waiting to the Chrysala, Stefanya's mother, helped the wizards, but had a change of heart and saved the baby, turning it over to the wizard Zoqquanor, instead of killing her as the wizards expected. Thormond was killed in a rockslide "accident" and the wizards' puppet, Themas Herklar, was put on the throne. But Herklar seems to have had a change of heart, and it is to him that Conan is meant to deliver the amulet of protection, under the noses of the wizards. Lupalina uses her magic to spy on their enemy, expecting to see the wizards, but instead see a young man sitting on the throne, exuding evil, who can shoot beams of fire from his eyes. Lupalina realizes greater magics are at work and quickly breaks off the scrying. She reveals that the amulet can teleport Conan to the castle at Phalkar, and Conan goes in hopes of finding Themas Herklar. He finds him in the dungeon, a tortured, broken man, and discovers that the young man, Unos, was in fact a being of evil magic created by the wizards. Suddenly, the two are attacked by subhuman creatures who lurk in the dungeons, and Conan teleports back to his companions. They vow to bring the wizards down...


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


Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #49
Conan the Barbarian #50 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #51

Conan the Barbarian
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