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Conan the Barbarian #73
Ctb 073
Date: April, 1977
Cover: Gil Kane and Ernie Chan
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Ernie Chan
Colorist: George Roussos
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "He Who the Well of Skelos!"

Major Characters[]

  • Conan (Last appearance in CB-72; next appearance in CB-74).
  • Belit (Last appearance in CB-72; next appearance in CB-74).

Minor Characters[]

  • Belit's crew (Many appeared last in CB-72; many appear next in CB-74). M'Gora, Kawaku and Awogmu named. Kawaku and Awogmu die.


  • off the coast of Shem and a jungle island far to the west.

Time Frame[]

  • A week.


Conan and Belit return to The Tigress after the events of the previous issue but find it has been taken over by Kawaku and a few mutineers, with the loyal crewmembers imprisoned. Conan and Belit fight back but are soon captured themselves and in order to save Belit's life, Conan agrees to lead the mutineers to Belit's hidden treasure horde, over the objections of Belit. Conan leads Kawaku and his men to a jungle island and into a frightening temple. At the location of the treasure, a giant pit, Kawaku, believing he can only trust himself, climbs down on a rope but his journey is cut short by screams and a hideous frog creature climbs out to attack the men. It kills all the mutineers but Conan manages to throw it into the pit. Conan scrambles to climb up and is saved by Belit, who had escaped and overpowered her guards, and her loyal crew. The crew then bury their treasure in the real burial place and return to planning their rescue of Belit's father.


  • Based on a one-page non-Conan treatment by Robert E. Howard.


  • Conan Saga #88*Chronicles of Conan Volume 10: When Giants Walk the Earth and Other Stories

Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #72
Conan the Barbarian #73 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #74

Conan the Barbarian
Previous Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #72
Conan the Barbarian #73 Next Issue:
Conan the Barbarian #74