The Kothian takes the swordKIDNAPPER OF WOMEN

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human, Kothian (Hyborian Era)

Occupation: Professional kidnapper of women, slaver, wanderer

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Unknown Ophirean Count

Enemies: Conan the Cimmerian, unknown Brythunian girl

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Unknown

Base of Operations: Arenjun (Zamora), Ophir, Shem and probably many other Hyborian cities.

First Appearance: Conan the Barbarian I#4 (April, 1971) {Edizione Italiana: Albi dei Super-Eroi #16 Editoriale Corno}

Powers/Abilities: None. The slaver had a lot of patience in finding the right woman for his purposes.

head shots



History: (Conan the Barbarian I#4 (fb) - BTS) - The fat Kothian kidnapper met a Count from Ophir. The Count needed a maid for his wife, so he asked the Kothian to find a beautiful, young woman in exchange for 300 pieces of gold. 
    For a long time the Kothian slavist sought  for the right woman in the town on the border until he found a beautiful Brythunian woman in Zamora . He captured her with the intent of taking her to the Zamorian border where he would have commit the woman.




The Kothian and a bereft man laugh in the inn



(Conan the Barbarian I#4) - The night before the delivery day, the fat Kothian went to the Maul in Arenjun, to celebrate his capture and to boast his ability as kidnapper, teaching the people of a tavern how to kidnap girls. Slightly drunk he assured to a man with a patch that the woman was so beautiful that men could reveal the secret of the Tower of the Elephant for her. Near him Conan the Barbarian heard the conversation and asked him what was the secret. The Kothian was initially afraid of the big muscular man in front of him but soon started to taunt Conan for his ignorance about Yara and his Tower. Conan accused him of being a coward. The Kothian started a squabble and made the big mistake of grabbing his sword. Conan did the same, the only candle in the tavern was put out and when it was re-lit the Kothian laid on the floor in a puddle of blood. Conan didn't miss him. A tavern redheaded girl screamed the Kothian was dead.




Comments: Created by Roy Thomans, Barry Smith and Sal Buscema. Re-told by Roy Thomas, John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala.

The story was re-told years later in Savage Sword of Conan#24. Roy Thomas decided so because this was his favorite Conan's story and because SSoC#24 had more pages and it could better describe the original Howard's novel. Some particulars were different but the history basically remains the same of CB#4.
Although I love B.W.Smith's art, and CB#4 was colored, I still prefer the SSoC#24 B/W version by Buscema/Alcala: a masterpiece!

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The Kothian kidnapper has no known connections to

Conan the Barbarian I#4, p3, pan6 (Kothian, full body)
Conan the Barbarian I#4, p2, pan4/5/6 (Kothian, head shots)
Conan the Barbarian I#4, p2, pan3 (the Kothian kidnapper and the man with the patch)

Other appearances: Savage Sword of Conan #24 (1977) {Edizione Italiana: Conan La Spada Selvaggia#13 Comic Art (novembre 1987)}

Last updated: 11/18/05

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