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Conan the Barbarian #99
Conan the Barbarian Vol 1 99
Date: Jun, 1979
Cover: John Buscema
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Ernie Chan
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "Devil Crabs of the Dark Cliffs"

Major Characters[]

Minor Characters[]

  • M'Gora, N'Yaga and the Black Corsairs (Last appearance in CB-98; next appearance in the second story of CtS-2).
  • Florannus, Argossean sailor, and his crew. First appearance for all. No further appearances to date.


  • Off the Black Coast

Time Frame[]


The Tigress is at sea longer than its crew would like but Belit insists on staying on the water despite the rumblings of the crew and the advice of Conan and N'Yaga. When a ship is spotted moored by the Dark Cliffs, the crew investigates and finds the vessel abandoned and carrying treasure from the east. Belit believes even more treasure was taken into the cliffs and organizes a search party into a nearby cavern. deep inside the cliffs they find a colony of crab-men hauling the treasure chests past a prison containing several sailors from Argos. Conan speaks to their leader, Florannus, through a window, and he tells them that the crab-people's telepathic abilities called him and his ship, and once captured they have been experimented on by the creatures. Conan manages to break the sailors free but Belit refuses to leave without the treasure. They are attacked by a Devil-Crab, and Conan rips its arms off but it manages to send a signal to his comrades. Conan starts a rockslide to slow the creatures down, and both crews unite to push a giant boulder onto the ground, which breaks through to the boiling hot steam tunnels beneath the cliffs, roasting the Devil-Crabs. Both crews sail away.


  • Based on the non-Conan, modern-era Robert E. Howard short story "The People of the Black Coast".


  • Conan Saga #95
  • The Chronicles of Conan 12 - The Beast King of Abombi and Other Stories
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