Conan The Barbarian #13, January 1971 Issue – Marvel Comics
Cover art by Barry Windsor-Smith. Web of the Spider-God, plot by John Jakes, script
by Roy Thomas, pencils by Barry Windsor-Smith, inks by Sal Buscema
Conan is attacked by marauders near an oasis. Surprisingly, Conan is defeated and
knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he stumbles through the sands for some
time. After having a vision of a giant spider, he finally arrives at an oasis and is
helped by an elderly desert dweller, Thanix. The old man tells Conan about Omm, the
spider-god worshipped in the Zamoran city of Yezud, and that the priests have
kidnapped his daughter to be sacrificed. In return for saving his life, Conan travels
with Thanix to Yezud and quickly runs afoul of Yezud’s soldiers. Conan and Thanix are
tossed into the dungeon where all the sacrifices are kept. Conan causes a distraction
to allow Tork, a spy from Shadizar, to escape. Tork has a plan to destroy the city by
creating a rockslide in the caverns underneath the town. Conan is brought to Modar,
the high priest of Omm, for sacrifice, and sees the gigantic spider the town worships.
Conan breaks free and throws the frail priest into the spider’s web where he is killed.
Conan is pushed into the web himself, but manages to fend off Omm. The wounded
spider tries to crawl back into its cave but Conan doesn’t stop stabbing and beating
it. The townspeople, furious that the barbarian treats its god so, attacks, and Thanix is
killed. At that moment the city starts to collapse into the ground as Tork has
succeeded in sabotaging the tunnels. Conan and Thanix’s daughter, Lea, escape,
and Lea and Tork go to Shadizar as Conan continues his wanderings.