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Conan the Barbarian #9
Ctb 009
Date: September, 1971
Cover: Barry Smith
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Barry Smith
Inker: Sal Buscema
Colorist: Barry Smith
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Editor: Stan Lee
Title: "The Garden of Fear"

Major Characters[]

  • Conan (Last appearance in CB-8; next appearance in CB-10).

Minor Characters[]

  • Jenna (Previous appearance CB-8; next appearance CB-10).
  • Hialmar (First and only appearance to date). Savage chieftan.


  • The mountain range along Corinthia's border.

Time Frame[]

  • Two days.


Conan and Jenna, while riding through a mountain range, are attacked by savages. They manage to grab Jenna and Conan violently responds. The battle is halted by the appearance of the savages' chief, who Conan decides to trust to the point of even joining the savages in their frenzied dances. The next morning Conan and Jenna prepare to leave, but the girl is snatched by a winged creature and taken beyond the cliffs; Conan gives chase. The valleys Conan enters contains all number of exotic animals and greenery, finally reaching a lighthouse-like tower in the second valley. An ebony, winged man steps out and tosses man into the odd looking flowers below. The flowers promptly kill and suck the blood out of the man, much to Conan's horror. The creature, noting Conan, goes inside but returns a moment later and dangles Jenna above the man-eating plants. With no way to reach the tower, Conan returns to the animals in the first valley, and lights a fire to herd a group of elephants towards the tower. The beasts trample the field of flowers and Conan climbs the tower walls. He fights the creature to the death, and, uninterested in the mysteries of the tower and its owner, Conan leads Jenna out of the Valley.


  • Based on the Robert E. Howard non-Conan story "The Garden of Fear."


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Conan the Barbarian #8
Conan the Barbarian #9 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #10

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