strabo-argossean-coti-face STRABO

Real Name: Strabo

Identity/Class:Human 
   
Hyborian era;
    Argossean citizen

Occupation: Unrevealed;
    likely a ship's crewmen

Group Membership: Likely an unidentified ship's crew

Affiliations: He had a number of comrades who considered him a champion

Enemies: Conan the Cimmerian;
    he was known as a bully and presumably made himself a substatial number of enemies

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Messantia, Argos; he presumably frequented the Cup and the Trident Inn

First AppearanceConan of the Isles (1968);
    Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles (1988)

Powers/Abilities: Strabo was large and presumably strong enough that he was able to bully others.

    He considered himself a powerful fighter, but he was no match for even a 70-ish Conan.

Height: Unrevealed (he looked about Conan's height, so perhaps 6'5")
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 250 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (only shown from a distance, but they looked dark, perhaps brown)
Hair: None shown; he didn't have obvious eyebrows (perhaps he had some form of alopecia)

strabo-argossean-coti-gutpunch.jpgHistory:

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles (fb) - BTS) - Strabo apparently frequented the Cup and Trident Inn where he was known as a champion to some and a bully to others.

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles) - Stabo was present at the seaside inn the Cup and Trident when he saw an older man (Conan) enter and sit down by the fire where a calf was roasting.

    One of Strabo's associates mocked the older man as a Zingaran buccaneer (the rivals of the Barrachan pirates), but Strabo argued that the man was a bit too long in the tooth (a phrase meaning old) to be a buccaneer, and the "old dog" was hogging the best seat in the place.

    Strabo approached the older man, telling him, "Hey Graybeard! Drag your old bones to the back and let honest Argosseans soak up some heat."

    When the older man did not respond, Strabo kicked him in the ankle, asking if he had heard him. Without saying a word, Conan suddenly sprung at Strabo, tackling him and smashing him into a pillar with force that shook the inn's wooden walls.
strabo-argossean-coti-dropped

    Shocked that an old dotard would take him on, Strabo invoked Mitra's pristine privates as he charged at his challenger, but Conan stepped forward to meet him, punching him in the gut and then smashing him in the face.

    Strabo dropped to the ground, and as he weakly moaned, his allies approached him; one was shocked at Strabo's defeat while another noted that Strabo's bullying days were over.

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles - BTS) - Strabo's comrades carried him to another room for revival.

    Meanwhile, Conan's battle prowess swiftly confirmed his identity to his old ally, Sigurd of Vanaheim.

Comments: Created by L. Sprague DeCamp & Lin Carter;
    adapted by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, Danny Bulandi, Ricardo Villamonte & Armando Gil.

    The name Strabo is historically Roman: "Strabo" ("squinter") was a term given by the Romans to anyone whose eyes were distorted or crooked or affected by strabismus."
---Dim I Nticoudis

    Long in the tooth refers to old age, as teeth condition, size, etc. are commonly used to age animals. Some animals have teeth that continuously grow, or develop gingival recession with age, making their teeth look longer.

    It's perhaps simplistic, but I typically consider Argos to the Hyborian equivalent of Greece.

    Messantia was a notable seaport

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Strabo
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles, pg. 13, panel 2 (face);
          panel 7 (gutpunched);
       pg. 14, panel 2 (dropped)


Appearances:
Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles (1988) - Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Danny Bulanadi, Ricardo Villamonte & Armando Gil (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)


First posted: 08/19/2019
Last updated: 08/30/2019

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