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Savage Sword of Conan #54
Ssoc 054
Date: July, 1980
Cover: Eral Norem
Writer: Various
Penciller: Various
Inker: Various
Letterer: Various
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "The Stalker Amid the Sands"
"Satan's Swordbearers"
"Wings in the Night, Part II"

The Stalker Amid the Sands[]


Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Ricardo Villamonte

Major Characters[]

Minor Characters[]

  • Arsil and his men (First appearance; next appearance first story of SSOC-55). Samaran soldiers.
  • Tosya Zul (First and only appearance to date). Brother of Hisarr Zul; sand-lich.


  • The desert on route to Zamboula.

Time Frame[]

  • Several days.


Conan makes his way across the desert on the way to Zamboula, chasing Isparana and the Eye of Erlik. He stops at an oasis and is attacked by thieves. Conan swiftly defeats them and claims their stolen booty. It turns out that the thieves were being chased by soldiers of Samara, and, not wanting to cause a scene, Conan surrenders the booty to the soldiers in exchange for some information on a shortcut where he may head off Isparana. The soldiers, led by Captain Arsil, tell him of a haunted gorge in the Dragon Hills Conan might take, and then they take their leave, warning the barbarian of the evil sand-lich that lurks there. Conan finds the hills and gorge, and against the protestations of his horses, he goes inside. The animals finally break free of Conan and flee when the sands of the desert begin to coalesce and form into a hideous, ghostly creature. The sand-lich recognizses that Conan has lost his soul, and Conan explains that Hisarr Zul has stoeln it, then lies and claims he is chasing Zul across the desert. The sand-lich releases Conan and reveals that he was once human - and Zul's brother, Tosya. Years ago, fleeing from the Khan of Zamboula, the two brothers camped in the gorge and Tosya, fearing that his treacherous brother would murder him in his sleep, arranged for his consciousness to remain behind if his body died. His suspiscions were correct, and Hisarr left his brother to die, never knowing that Tosya's life-force merged with the sands itself. Desperate for vengeance, the sand-lich reveals to Conan methods for killing his brother then magically transports the barbarian to another oasis...


Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Savage Sword of Conan #53
Savage Sword of Conan #54 Next Appearance:
Savage Sword of Conan #55


  • Conan Saga #73

Satan's Swordbearers[]

Wings in the Night, Part II[]

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