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Savage Sword of Conan #58
Ssoc 058
Date: November, 1980
Cover: Earl Norem
Writer: Various
Penciller: Various
Inker: Various
Letterer: Various
Editor: Roy Thomas
Title: "For the Throne of Zamboula"
"Mirror of the Manticore"

For the Throne of Zamboula[]


Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Tony DeZuniga

Major Characters[]

Minor Characters[]


  • Zamboula.

Time Frame[]

  • A week.


Conan, Balad and Hajimen plot against Akter Khan, who has had Isparana arrested. They plan for Hajimen's Shanki to create a distraction while Conan enters the palace. Unfortunately, Conan is captured, tortured, and ultimately sacrificed to Zafra's magical sword. Conan, however, manages to fight the flying sword back for a few minutes, long enough to cause the sword to attack and kill Zafra. Conan disguises himself as one of Akhter Khan's soldiers and finds Isparana chained in the dungeon. Conan frees the woman, and the two confront Akter Khan, who surprisingly orders his guard out of the room when Conan and Isparana enter. The Khan plans to slay them with his enchanted sword, but Zafra had secretly enchanted the sword to only follow his commands, so it doesn't work. Akter Khan frantically calls for his men, but they are busy being slaughtered by the Shanki and Balad's resistance. Balad kills the Khan and claims the throne for his ow, but then reveals himself to be every bit the tyrant that Akter Khan was. As he prepares to have Conan killed for talking back to him, a mortally wounded Zafra crawls into the room and commands Akter Khan's sword into action. Balad happens to be standing closest to sword, so he becomes its victim, Before Zafra can command the sword again, Conan chops his head off. Akter's son Jungir is named the new Khan, and Isparana stays in Zamboula as Jungir's woman as Conan heads back into the desert.


Conan Chronology
Previous Appearance:
Savage Sword of Conan #57
Savage Sword of Conan #58 Next Appearance:
Conan the Barbarian #116


Conan Saga #63

Mirror of the Manticore[]

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