Conan The Barbarian #14, March 1971 Issue – Marvel Comics | Entertainment Blog
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Cover art by Barry Windsor-Smith. First comic book appearance of Elric of
Melnibone in A Sword Called Stormbringer, plot by Michael Moorcock and James
Cawthorn, script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Barry Windsor-Smith, inks by Sal
Buscem

A group of hooded killers stalk a fleeing woman on horseback, but as luck would have
it, Conan is nearby and comes to her rescue. Just the touch of one of the hooded
men’s sword fells the barbarian, but before they can finish him off, a flock of giant
eagles appears to chase the men away. The girl turns out to be Zephra, daughter of
the wizard Zukala, who Conan met some years before. The wizard himself, without the
power of his mask, has become a frail old man, and seeks Conan’s help in defeating
the evil of Kulan-Gath and his henchwoman Xiombarg. He asks Conan to go to the
city of Yagala, which has been transported from another dimension. Zukala enchants
Conan’s sword and Zephra guides the barbarian to the city. The wizard then truns his
attention to the seeress Xiombarg, who is preparing to send her captain, Gaynor,
after Conan. The woman senses Zukala’s spying and breaks the connection. Some
time later, Conan and Zephra encounter a traveler from Yagala’s dimension – Elric of
Melnibone. Conan assumes the pale rider is his enemy and attacks. Conan is unable
to best the magically enhanced and armored Elric, and both parties stop fighting
when they realize neither is working for Xiomberg. Suddenly, the undead forces of
Gaynor attack. A vicious fight begins, only ending when Zephra uses her magic to call
forth a flood of rain that washes the hellish flesh of the damned away, though Gaynor
gets away. As Elric is also heading for Yagala, the three companions decide to travel
together.