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Conan the Barbarian #57
Ctb 057
Date: December, 1975
Cover: Gil Kane
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Mike Ploog
Inker: Mike Ploog
Colorist: Phil Rachelson
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "Incident in Argos!"

Major Characters[]

  • Conan (Last appearance in CB-56; next appearance in CB-58).

Minor Characters[]

  • Tara and Yusef (Last appearance in CB-56; both appear next in CB-67).
  • Cenzo and his press gang (First and only appearance to date).
  • Publio, merchant and fence, appears again later in the Belit story arc.
  • Momratha (First and only appearances to date), Argosian sorceress.
  • Ephemero Portus (First and only appearances to date; dies in this issue), Argosian judge.
  • Various Argosian soldiers (First and only appearances to date for all). Vorio is named.


  • Messantia

Time Frame[]

  • One day


Conan, Tara and Yusef finally reach Messantia, the capital of Argos, what Conans intended to do for some years now (see CB #11). Conan discovers, to his disappointment, that peace has broken out and his mercenary skills are not needed. It doesn't take long, however, for the three to get in trouble with the King's guard, as Conan stubbornly refuses to get out of the way for the Captains procession. Realizing that they are too conspicuous, Conan gets a makeover for Tara, forcing her to actually "look like a girl", to Yusef's approval. The couple wanders off as Conan looks for an armorer, but Conan is waylaid by a press gang and wakes to find himself tied up and about to be sold as an unwilling sailor by the merchant Publio. Conan manages to escape with the help of an old woman, who shows him visions of a future on a ship as well as showing Conan the present - Yusef killing the Captain of the King's guard because he harrassed Tara. Conan goes to their aid, but is captured instead, and is brought before a corrupt judge. When Conan refuses to give up his friends, he is sentenced to the dungeons, but breaks free, kills the judge and swiftly rides towards the docks of Messantia.



Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #56
Conan the Barbarian #57 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #58

Conan the Barbarian
Previous Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #56
Conan the Barbarian #57 Next Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #58