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Published September 1981 by DC
The Sword and the Serpent!
Roy Thomas
Ernie Colón
Ernie Colón (signed)
Arak
"The Sword and the Serpent!" When a storm blows them off-course, Vikings find an Amerindian boy floating in a raft. They take him in and he becomes a member of their band. They spend the next decade brutally raiding towns and monasteries, looting and killing. One day, they attack the wrong monastery, as an unexpected mystical power fights back.
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Published September 1981 by DC

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Story Title
The Sword and the Serpent!
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Ernie Colón
Cover Art
Ernie Colón (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak
Storyline
"The Sword and the Serpent!" When a storm blows them off-course, Vikings find an Amerindian boy floating in a raft. They take him in and he becomes a member of their band. They spend the next decade brutally raiding towns and monasteries, looting and killing. One day, they attack the wrong monastery, as an unexpected mystical power fights back.
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Published October 1981 by DC
The Devil Takes a Bride!
Roy Thomas
Ernie Colón
Ernie Colón
Arak (origin); Lord Hessa; Malagigi (introduction); Corinna; Angelica (flashback)
"The Devil Takes a Bride!" Arak is captured by the guards of a young girl, Corinna, he meets on a beach. She has him brought to her "father", Lord Hessa, who condemns Arak to his dungeon. While searching for a way to escape, Arak meets Malagigi, who claims to be great sorcerer for Carolus Magnus, King of the Franks. Arak escapes and flees the castle with Corinna, who claims to be a prisoner, as well. When Hessa pursues them, Arak learns Corinna is actually Hessa's mother; she mated with a demon for eternal youth. When Corinna's artificial youth begins to rapidly fade, the demon soon appears to reclaim her.
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Published October 1981 by DC

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Story Title
The Devil Takes a Bride!
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Ernie Colón
Cover Art
Ernie Colón
Character Appearances
Arak (origin); Lord Hessa; Malagigi (introduction); Corinna; Angelica (flashback)
Storyline
"The Devil Takes a Bride!" Arak is captured by the guards of a young girl, Corinna, he meets on a beach. She has him brought to her "father", Lord Hessa, who condemns Arak to his dungeon. While searching for a way to escape, Arak meets Malagigi, who claims to be great sorcerer for Carolus Magnus, King of the Franks. Arak escapes and flees the castle with Corinna, who claims to be a prisoner, as well. When Hessa pursues them, Arak learns Corinna is actually Hessa's mother; she mated with a demon for eternal youth. When Corinna's artificial youth begins to rapidly fade, the demon soon appears to reclaim her.
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Published November 1981 by DC
Sword of the Iron Maiden
Roy Thomas
Ernie Colón
Ernie Colón (signed)
Arak; Malagigi; Giles; Lonzo; Perro (Death); Angelica (flashback); Argalia (flashback); Jacq (Death); Iron Maiden [Valda]; Baledor (Death)
"Sword of the Iron Maiden" Arak's new companion, Malagigi, convinces Arak to help confront an old foe of the sorcerer's. First, they free a mind-controlled Valda, the Iron Maiden of Carolus Magnus' coterie of knights. Then, they all confront the evil sorcerer, Baledor, who is finally killed after sustaining several mortal wounds.
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Published November 1981 by DC

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Story Title
Sword of the Iron Maiden
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Ernie Colón
Cover Art
Ernie Colón (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Malagigi; Giles; Lonzo; Perro (Death); Angelica (flashback); Argalia (flashback); Jacq (Death); Iron Maiden [Valda]; Baledor (Death)
Storyline
"Sword of the Iron Maiden" Arak's new companion, Malagigi, convinces Arak to help confront an old foe of the sorcerer's. First, they free a mind-controlled Valda, the Iron Maiden of Carolus Magnus' coterie of knights. Then, they all confront the evil sorcerer, Baledor, who is finally killed after sustaining several mortal wounds.
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Published December 1981 by DC
A Tree from Some Dark Hell
Roy Thomas
Ernie Colón
Ernie Colón (signed)
Arak; Iron Maiden [Valda]; Malagigi; King Carolus Magnus; Duke Namo; Astolpho; Rinaldo; Ganelon; Ogier the Dane; Ferrau the Saracen; Olivar; Archbishop Turpin; Widukind (flashback; cameo); Irminsul; Liutgard
"A Tree from Some Dark Hell" Arak, Valda and Malagigi arrive at Aix-La-Chapelle and Arak is challenged to combat by one of the king's knights.
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Published December 1981 by DC

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Story Title
A Tree from Some Dark Hell
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Ernie Colón
Cover Art
Ernie Colón (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Iron Maiden [Valda]; Malagigi; King Carolus Magnus; Duke Namo; Astolpho; Rinaldo; Ganelon; Ogier the Dane; Ferrau the Saracen; Olivar; Archbishop Turpin; Widukind (flashback; cameo); Irminsul; Liutgard
Storyline
"A Tree from Some Dark Hell" Arak, Valda and Malagigi arrive at Aix-La-Chapelle and Arak is challenged to combat by one of the king's knights.
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Published January 1982 by DC
Tournament of Titans!
Roy Thomas
Ernie Colón
Ernie Colón (signed)
Arak; Angelica; Malagigi; Belphegor; King Kalafron; Rinaldo; Astolpho; Iron Maiden [Valda]; Ogier the Dane; Ferrau; Carolus Magnus; Argalia
"Tournament of Titans!" Through communing with a demon, Malagigi learns that Angelica and her brother, Argalia, were sent by their father, the king of White Cathay, to compel the knights of Carolus Magnus to come to their city's aid against barbarian hordes. When one of the knights falls to Argalia in a joust (through sorcerous cheating), honor forces him to agree to accompany them. Later, Arak and Malagigi confront the villains in their camp in the forest. There, Arak is injured and Malagigi is abducted by Angelica's demonic servants.
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Published January 1982 by DC

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Story Title
Tournament of Titans!
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Ernie Colón
Cover Art
Ernie Colón (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Angelica; Malagigi; Belphegor; King Kalafron; Rinaldo; Astolpho; Iron Maiden [Valda]; Ogier the Dane; Ferrau; Carolus Magnus; Argalia
Storyline
"Tournament of Titans!" Through communing with a demon, Malagigi learns that Angelica and her brother, Argalia, were sent by their father, the king of White Cathay, to compel the knights of Carolus Magnus to come to their city's aid against barbarian hordes. When one of the knights falls to Argalia in a joust (through sorcerous cheating), honor forces him to agree to accompany them. Later, Arak and Malagigi confront the villains in their camp in the forest. There, Arak is injured and Malagigi is abducted by Angelica's demonic servants.
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Published February 1982 by DC
The Stalkers of the Snows!
Roy Thomas
Ernie Colón
Ernie Colón (signed)
Arak; Valda
"The Stalkers of the Snows!" Arak manages to kill the villainous Argalia, driving Angelica away and saving the king's knights. But, Malagigi is still missing after being carried away by demons, so the king gives Arak a writ of passage, and sends him in search of the sorcerer. Valda asks to accompany Arak on his voyage, and they make their way into the Alps. During the night, they are attacked by vampires. After successfully killing the undead beings, Arak learns they were spawned from the remnants of the camp followers of Hannibal's campaigns against the Romans.
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Published February 1982 by DC

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Story Title
The Stalkers of the Snows!
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Ernie Colón
Cover Art
Ernie Colón (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Valda
Storyline
"The Stalkers of the Snows!" Arak manages to kill the villainous Argalia, driving Angelica away and saving the king's knights. But, Malagigi is still missing after being carried away by demons, so the king gives Arak a writ of passage, and sends him in search of the sorcerer. Valda asks to accompany Arak on his voyage, and they make their way into the Alps. During the night, they are attacked by vampires. After successfully killing the undead beings, Arak learns they were spawned from the remnants of the camp followers of Hannibal's campaigns against the Romans.
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Published March 1982 by DC
A Dark, Unlighted Place...
Roy Thomas (plot); Gerry Conway (script pp.1-7); Mike W. Barr (script pp.8-26)
Ernie Colón
Ernie Colón (signed)
Arak; Iron Maiden [Valda]
"A Dark, Unlighted Place..." Arak and Valda arrive in Rome, hoping their letter from the Frankish king will enable them to meet with Pope Hadrian and inquire about the whereabouts of White Cathay. During their visit, Arak saves an old Jew from a Christian mob, later learning he's the Wandering Jew of legend. The Pope has no real information on White Cathay, but he asks the two warriors to guard him while on a procession through the city. But, during the procession, an earthquake opens the ground and a huge arm grabs the pontiff and drags him underground. Arak follows and finds himself in the realm of the Black Pope.
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Published March 1982 by DC

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Story Title
A Dark, Unlighted Place...
Writer
Roy Thomas (plot); Gerry Conway (script pp.1-7); Mike W. Barr (script pp.8-26)
Interior Art
Ernie Colón
Cover Art
Ernie Colón (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Iron Maiden [Valda]
Storyline
"A Dark, Unlighted Place..." Arak and Valda arrive in Rome, hoping their letter from the Frankish king will enable them to meet with Pope Hadrian and inquire about the whereabouts of White Cathay. During their visit, Arak saves an old Jew from a Christian mob, later learning he's the Wandering Jew of legend. The Pope has no real information on White Cathay, but he asks the two warriors to guard him while on a procession through the city. But, during the procession, an earthquake opens the ground and a huge arm grabs the pontiff and drags him underground. Arak follows and finds himself in the realm of the Black Pope.
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Published April 1982 by DC
Arena of the Black Pope!
Roy Thomas (plot); Mike W. Barr (script)
Ernie Colon
Ernie Colón (signed)
Arak; Iron Maiden [Valda]; Pope Hadrian; Black Pope; Malagigi
"Arena of the Black Pope!" Arak and Valda rescue the Pope from his evil counterpart.
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Published April 1982 by DC

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Story Title
Arena of the Black Pope!
Writer
Roy Thomas (plot); Mike W. Barr (script)
Interior Art
Ernie Colon
Cover Art
Ernie Colón (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Iron Maiden [Valda]; Pope Hadrian; Black Pope; Malagigi
Storyline
"Arena of the Black Pope!" Arak and Valda rescue the Pope from his evil counterpart.

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Story Title
Frozen Hell for a Viking!
Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Jan Duursema
Story Line
While a witch-woman tries to sew his severed arm back on, Jon remembers how he lost it in the first place. It began when his sister was stolen by a rival Viking warlord, and Jon dove into the icy waters of the fjord in pursuit, only to be confronted by a gigantic sea-serpent.
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Published May 1982 by DC
Out of the City of the Dead!
Roy Thomas
Ernie Colón
Ernie Colón (signed)
Arak; Iron Maiden [Valda]; Pope Hadrian (flashback); Montagu; Nessim
"Out of the City of the Dead!" Continuing their search for White Cathay, Arak and Valda manage to finagle a ride on Captain Montagu's ship. Montagu is loading oddly-shaped rocks, claimed from the ruins of Pompeii, into the hold of his ship, claiming they are to be used to build a temple. Later, after fending off pirates, Arak and Valda learn Montagu's villainous nature and are taken prisoner, and Arak is thrown into the hold with the rocks. But, it turns out the rocks contain the remains of Pompeii's people, and one of their high priests awakens and reanimates the corpses, who kill Montagu's crew and sink the ship.
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Published May 1982 by DC

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Story Title
Out of the City of the Dead!
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Ernie Colón
Cover Art
Ernie Colón (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Iron Maiden [Valda]; Pope Hadrian (flashback); Montagu; Nessim
Storyline
"Out of the City of the Dead!" Continuing their search for White Cathay, Arak and Valda manage to finagle a ride on Captain Montagu's ship. Montagu is loading oddly-shaped rocks, claimed from the ruins of Pompeii, into the hold of his ship, claiming they are to be used to build a temple. Later, after fending off pirates, Arak and Valda learn Montagu's villainous nature and are taken prisoner, and Arak is thrown into the hold with the rocks. But, it turns out the rocks contain the remains of Pompeii's people, and one of their high priests awakens and reanimates the corpses, who kill Montagu's crew and sink the ship.

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Story Title
Frozen Hell for a Viking!
Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Jan Duursema
Story Line
Searching for his abducted sister, Jon enlists the aid of a mute minstrel and a dwarf named Evor. They soon chance upon a maiden being sacrificed to a fire-breathing dragon, but Jon manages to slay the beast. But, one of the dragon's druid worshipers attacks Jon from behind and hacks off his arm. Evor kills the druid and the freed maiden suggests they take Jon to a nearby wise-woman, who may be able to restore his arm.
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Published June 1982 by DC
The Last Centaur!
Roy Thomas
Ernie Colón
Ernie Colón (signed)
Arak; Iron Maiden [Valda]
"The Last Centaur!" The search for White Cathay continues. Arak and Valda are now in Byzantine territory and are taken prisoner by an army patrol. The leader of the patrol is convinced they are Slav spies and plans to kill them, but an eerie piping sound frightens the soldiers, driving them away. That night, the piping awakens Valda and lures her into a dance with a satyr. Meanwhile, a centaur lures Arak to the top of a nearby mountain, where Arak discovers his own likeness has been carved, larger-than-life, into the pinnacle of the mount.
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Published June 1982 by DC

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Story Title
The Last Centaur!
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Ernie Colón
Cover Art
Ernie Colón (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Iron Maiden [Valda]
Storyline
"The Last Centaur!" The search for White Cathay continues. Arak and Valda are now in Byzantine territory and are taken prisoner by an army patrol. The leader of the patrol is convinced they are Slav spies and plans to kill them, but an eerie piping sound frightens the soldiers, driving them away. That night, the piping awakens Valda and lures her into a dance with a satyr. Meanwhile, a centaur lures Arak to the top of a nearby mountain, where Arak discovers his own likeness has been carved, larger-than-life, into the pinnacle of the mount.

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Story Title
Frozen Hell for a Viking!
Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Jan Duursema
Story Line
Jon's arm has been re-attached, but it remains lifeless. In despair, he runs from the wise-woman's home and charges a pack of wolves, demanding that they end his now-useless existence. Evor the dwarf tries to rescue him and, touched by the dwarf's courage, Jon defends himself. Once again determined to find his lost sister, Jon, along with Evor and the silent minstrel, stalks into the wilderness. Soon, they find a boy and his pet hawk being tormented by Krogg the Red's minions. After the boy is saved, he insists on joining the motley band, and swears allegiance to Jon.
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Published July 1982 by DC
The Gods after Twilight!
Roy Thomas
Ernie Colon
Ernie Colón (signed)
Arak; Valda; Khiron; Satyricus
"The Gods after Twilight!" Khiron (the last centaur), former teacher of Asclepius and Heracles, announces that he is fated to train Arak to assume his semi-divine heritage. But, Arak insists on finding a vanished Valda. After driving away a flock(?) of harpies, they chance upon Satyricus (the last satyr), who confesses he lured Valda away for a (naked) dance and she was captured by soldiers. The threesome manage to rescue Valda, but Khiron is mortally wounded by an arrow fired by a fleeing soldier.
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Published July 1982 by DC

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Story Title
The Gods after Twilight!
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Ernie Colon
Cover Art
Ernie Colón (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Valda; Khiron; Satyricus
Storyline
"The Gods after Twilight!" Khiron (the last centaur), former teacher of Asclepius and Heracles, announces that he is fated to train Arak to assume his semi-divine heritage. But, Arak insists on finding a vanished Valda. After driving away a flock(?) of harpies, they chance upon Satyricus (the last satyr), who confesses he lured Valda away for a (naked) dance and she was captured by soldiers. The threesome manage to rescue Valda, but Khiron is mortally wounded by an arrow fired by a fleeing soldier.

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Story Title
Frozen Hell for a Viking!
Script
Robert Kanigher
Pencils
Jan Duursema
Story Line
Jon and his motley band of followers arrive at the castle of Krogg the red, where Alisa is being held captive. With the help of a giant hawk, Jon gains the walls of the castle and fights his way to the room where Krogg is just beginning to force himself on Alisa. Krogg threatens to kill her if Jon doesn't lay down his sword, and Jon can only agree to do so. Horrified, Alisa leaps to her death from a nearby window to force Jon to fight for his life. Even with one useless arm, an enraged Jon makes quick work of Krogg.
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Published August 1982 by DC
Yawn Wide, Ye Gates of Hades!
Roy Thomas
Ernie Colón
Ernie Colón (signed)
Arak; Khiron (Death); Satyricus; Iron Maiden [Valda]; Brutius (Death); Cerberus; Charon
"Yawn Wide, Ye Gates of Hades!" A mortally-wounded Khiron must make his own way to Hades, shunning all aid. But, when Byzantine soldiers try to waylay him, Arak and Satyricus make sure nothing keeps Khiron from his sombre destination. As he finally crosses the river Styx, Khiron charges Satyricus with protecting Arak until Arak finds his destiny as the Son of Thunder.
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Published August 1982 by DC

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Story Title
Yawn Wide, Ye Gates of Hades!
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Ernie Colón
Cover Art
Ernie Colón (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Khiron (Death); Satyricus; Iron Maiden [Valda]; Brutius (Death); Cerberus; Charon
Storyline
"Yawn Wide, Ye Gates of Hades!" A mortally-wounded Khiron must make his own way to Hades, shunning all aid. But, when Byzantine soldiers try to waylay him, Arak and Satyricus make sure nothing keeps Khiron from his sombre destination. As he finally crosses the river Styx, Khiron charges Satyricus with protecting Arak until Arak finds his destiny as the Son of Thunder.

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Story Title
Valda the Iron Maiden
Script
Roy Thomas; Dannette Thomas
Pencils
Ernie Colón
Story Line
A frustrated teenage Valda desperately wants to become a knight, but the king vowed to her mother that Valda would never be allowed to become a warrior like herself. But, Valda is working as a squire to a boorish young knight when he collapses of a sickness. After ensuring he'll be all right, Valda takes his place in a tournament (in full armor, hiding her identity). When she wins her battle, she claims the right to knighthood, and the king cannot refuse. Later, we find out that it was all a plan. Malagigi (the king's wizard) and the young knight engineered the whole thing.
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Published September 1982 by DC
Demons from the Caves of Night!
Roy Thomas
Alfredo Alcala
Alfredo Alcala (signed)
Arak; Satyricus
"Demons from the Caves of Night!" Arak and Satyricus witness raiders murdering a group of monks. They kill the raiders, but too late to save the holy men. However, they witness a group of Kers (flying creatures) claiming the souls of the monks, as is their wont. Arak manages to anger one, though, and it threatens future harm. Arak and Satyricus (in disguise) soon arrive at the monastery, where they hear of a sighting of three naked maidens deep in the caves. The monks ask Arak to investigate, and the vengeful Ker soon knocks him into a deep chasm, where Arak finds carvings displaying his own birth as son to the God of thunder.
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Published September 1982 by DC

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Story Title
Demons from the Caves of Night!
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Alfredo Alcala
Cover Art
Alfredo Alcala (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Satyricus
Storyline
"Demons from the Caves of Night!" Arak and Satyricus witness raiders murdering a group of monks. They kill the raiders, but too late to save the holy men. However, they witness a group of Kers (flying creatures) claiming the souls of the monks, as is their wont. Arak manages to anger one, though, and it threatens future harm. Arak and Satyricus (in disguise) soon arrive at the monastery, where they hear of a sighting of three naked maidens deep in the caves. The monks ask Arak to investigate, and the vengeful Ker soon knocks him into a deep chasm, where Arak finds carvings displaying his own birth as son to the God of thunder.

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Story Title
Death Is the Hunter
Script
Roy Thomas; Dannette Thomas
Pencils
Ernie Colón
Story Line
Carolus Magnus is surprised when Avar Huns, their longtime enemies, offer a peace offering of a helmet adorned with golden antlers. It is supposed to aid him in hunting, and the king and his three sons decide to try it out. Valda senses treachery, though, and it soon becomes obvious that black magic is afoot. The helmet turns the king into a stag, and Valda has to save him from his own sons. Finally, she chops off the still-golden antlers, returning the king to human form. Enraged, Carolus Magnus decides it's time for a military campaign against the Avars.
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Published October 1982 by DC
Heritage of Blood!
Roy Thomas
Alfredo Alcala
Alfredo Alcala (signed)
Arak; Lachesis; Clotho; Atropos; Satyricus
"Heritage of Blood!" Lost in deep caverns, Arak finds himself in the cave of the Greek Fates. There, he defies the three spirits and must defend himself from a still-vengeful Ker. Victorious, Arak claims ownership over his own destiny, and, impressed, the Fates bring him one step closer to his heritage as both a Quontauka brave and the son of He-No, God of thunder.
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Published October 1982 by DC

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Story Title
Heritage of Blood!
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Alfredo Alcala
Cover Art
Alfredo Alcala (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Lachesis; Clotho; Atropos; Satyricus
Storyline
"Heritage of Blood!" Lost in deep caverns, Arak finds himself in the cave of the Greek Fates. There, he defies the three spirits and must defend himself from a still-vengeful Ker. Victorious, Arak claims ownership over his own destiny, and, impressed, the Fates bring him one step closer to his heritage as both a Quontauka brave and the son of He-No, God of thunder.

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Story Title
Beware the Warhorses of the Istir!
Script
Roy Thomas; Dannette Thomas
Pencils
Ernie Colón
Story Line
As the campaign against the Avar Huns begins, Valda uses a lull in the action to bathe in a nearby river. But, she is soon attacked by the Avars' fearsome carnivorous horses. Valda fights valiantly, but she's overmatched and is soon knocked unconscious. Just before starting their grisly feast, the horses are called off by a man wearing an elaborate golden horse mask. Why was she spared?
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Published November 1982 by DC
The Slayer from the Wine-Dark Sea!
Roy Thomas
Adrian Gonzales
Alfredo Alcala (signed)
Arak; Satyricus
"The Slayer from the Wine-Dark Sea!" Something is stalking the streets of Thessalonika, killing anyone caught outside at night. In this panicky environment, someone as different as Arak is bound to attract unwanted attention. During a brawl with Byzantine soldiers, Arak is rendered unconscious and left outside for the invisible Stalker. But, he's rescued by a barmaid and her father, who reveal that they (through magical means) are the cause of the Stalker's existence; they plan to use it to drive the Byzantines from their city. However, when the Stalker (actually a hydra) attacks Satyricus, Arak manages to destroy it with fire.
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Published November 1982 by DC

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Story Title
The Slayer from the Wine-Dark Sea!
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Adrian Gonzales
Cover Art
Alfredo Alcala (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Satyricus
Storyline
"The Slayer from the Wine-Dark Sea!" Something is stalking the streets of Thessalonika, killing anyone caught outside at night. In this panicky environment, someone as different as Arak is bound to attract unwanted attention. During a brawl with Byzantine soldiers, Arak is rendered unconscious and left outside for the invisible Stalker. But, he's rescued by a barmaid and her father, who reveal that they (through magical means) are the cause of the Stalker's existence; they plan to use it to drive the Byzantines from their city. However, when the Stalker (actually a hydra) attacks Satyricus, Arak manages to destroy it with fire.

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Story Title
Fate Is the Killer
Script
Paul Kupperberg
Pencils
Curt Swan
Story Line
Skeletor and his allies attack Eternia, and He-Man enlists Superman to ward them off.

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Story Title
Ceremonies -- and Sacrifices!
Script
Roy Thomas; Danette Thomas
Pencils
Trevor von Eeden
Story Line
During the war campaign against the Avars, Valda is captured and held prisoner by the Avars' head magician, Chelchak. He confesses that he has fallen in love with her, but the Avar leader demands that she be sacrificed to his prized carnivorous stallions. Chelchak refuses and displays his magical prowess by shape-shifting into a stallion, urging Valda to ride him to safety. After escaping, Chelchak asks Valda to forgive him, but she doesn't know why until she returns to her own camp. The previous night, a magical cloud had descended upon the camp, killing all the horses. The campaign is over.
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Published December 1982 by DC
Monster in Mosaic!
Roy Thomas
Adrian Gonzales
Adrian Gonzales (signed)
Arak; Satyricus; Iron Maiden [Valda]; General Cometas
"Monster in Mosaic!" Arak and Satyricus arrive in Byzantium, continuing their search for Valda, and General Cometas helps Arak gain an audience with Emperor Constantine. But, before Arak can present his petition, an escaping Valda bursts into the room and Constantine, impressed by her fire, announces she will be his bride! To defuse the situation, Arak claims Valda as his own. The ruler states that he will acquiesce if Arak can simply swim across an ornate pool. Arak agrees, but soon finds that the emperor's vizier is a sorcerer, and Arak has to battle an aquatic beast before winning through to the other side.
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Published December 1982 by DC

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Story Title
Monster in Mosaic!
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Adrian Gonzales
Cover Art
Adrian Gonzales (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Satyricus; Iron Maiden [Valda]; General Cometas
Storyline
"Monster in Mosaic!" Arak and Satyricus arrive in Byzantium, continuing their search for Valda, and General Cometas helps Arak gain an audience with Emperor Constantine. But, before Arak can present his petition, an escaping Valda bursts into the room and Constantine, impressed by her fire, announces she will be his bride! To defuse the situation, Arak claims Valda as his own. The ruler states that he will acquiesce if Arak can simply swim across an ornate pool. Arak agrees, but soon finds that the emperor's vizier is a sorcerer, and Arak has to battle an aquatic beast before winning through to the other side.

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Story Title
A Day at the Fair!
Script
Roy Thomas; Dannette Thomas
Pencils
Adrian Gonzales
Story Line
While visiting a country fair in Paris with Malagigi, Valda catches a dwarf trying to pick her pocket. To make "amends", he sells her a baby white elephant, which turns out to have been stolen from a Caliph who had sent it as a gift to Carolus Magnus. When the Caliph's men catch up to her, they don't believe that she's a knight in Carolus Magnus' court, and Malagigi has to cast a spectacular spell to convince them.
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Published January 1983 by DC
A Flame upon the Sea!
Roy Thomas
Adrian Gonzales
Adrian Gonzales (signed)
Arak; Valda the Iron Maiden; Emperor; General Cometas; Satyricus; Irene; Aëtius; Theodota; Haakon the Viking; King Kalfron (Flashback); Angelica (Flashback); Huo Shih; Malagigi; Kallinikos
"A Flame upon the Sea!" While fleeing from Byzantine guards, Arak meets up with a group of emissaries from White Cathay, headed by Haakon the barbarian. Haakon has come to Byzantium to exchange the secret of firecrackers for the secret of Greek Fire, a flame that burns on water. Empress Irene plans to demonstrate Greek fire to the emissaries, then send them away in scorn, but her vizier betrays her and Arak has to kill him to protect the royal family. Nevertheless, Arak is taken prisoner by the traitors and has to watch as the ship containing the royals and his own friends is set aflame.
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Published January 1983 by DC

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Story Title
A Flame upon the Sea!
Writer
Roy Thomas
Interior Art
Adrian Gonzales
Cover Art
Adrian Gonzales (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Valda the Iron Maiden; Emperor; General Cometas; Satyricus; Irene; Aëtius; Theodota; Haakon the Viking; King Kalfron (Flashback); Angelica (Flashback); Huo Shih; Malagigi; Kallinikos
Storyline
"A Flame upon the Sea!" While fleeing from Byzantine guards, Arak meets up with a group of emissaries from White Cathay, headed by Haakon the barbarian. Haakon has come to Byzantium to exchange the secret of firecrackers for the secret of Greek Fire, a flame that burns on water. Empress Irene plans to demonstrate Greek fire to the emissaries, then send them away in scorn, but her vizier betrays her and Arak has to kill him to protect the royal family. Nevertheless, Arak is taken prisoner by the traitors and has to watch as the ship containing the royals and his own friends is set aflame.

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Story Title
Isle of the City, Isle of Death!
Script
Roy Thomas; Dannette Thomas
Pencils
Adrian Gonzales
Story Line
Valda and Malagigi visit one of the sorcerer's old lovers, the lovely Greeramada. However, Greeramada has been corrupted over the years. They find out that she has contracted Brunello (a previous, less-than-pleasant acquaintance of Valda's) to steal the remains of St. Denys. With these relics, she plans to reanimate the saint and force him to give her unspeakable power.
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Published February 1983 by DC
Death upon a Horn of Gold!
Roy Thomas; Dann Thomas (coplot)
Adrian Gonzales
Adrian Gonzales (signed)
Arak; Valda; Satyricus; Haakon; Johannes; Irene
"Death upon a Horn of Gold!" Arak manages to foil Haakon's attempt to steal a Greek Fire-thrower, but the Northman manages to make off with the inventor of the weapon. When Satyricus' true nature is revealed, Irene spares his life in return for Arak's pledge to rescue (or kill) the stolen inventor before White Cathay gains Greek Fire. Arak, Satyricus and Valda are just ready to leave when a mysterious figure, a Nestorian heretic named Johannes, appears and offers his aid in their quest. They accept the offer and set off on the trail of Haakon.
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Published February 1983 by DC

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Story Title
Death upon a Horn of Gold!
Writer
Roy Thomas; Dann Thomas (coplot)
Interior Art
Adrian Gonzales
Cover Art
Adrian Gonzales (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Valda; Satyricus; Haakon; Johannes; Irene
Storyline
"Death upon a Horn of Gold!" Arak manages to foil Haakon's attempt to steal a Greek Fire-thrower, but the Northman manages to make off with the inventor of the weapon. When Satyricus' true nature is revealed, Irene spares his life in return for Arak's pledge to rescue (or kill) the stolen inventor before White Cathay gains Greek Fire. Arak, Satyricus and Valda are just ready to leave when a mysterious figure, a Nestorian heretic named Johannes, appears and offers his aid in their quest. They accept the offer and set off on the trail of Haakon.

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Story Title
Night on Martyr's Mount!
Script
Roy Thomas; Dannette Thomas
Pencils
Adrian Gonzales
Story Line
With the help of a repentant Brunello, Valda and Malagigi are able to put an end to Greeramada's plans to gain dominion over the spirit and power of a resurrected St. Denys. In the melee, however, Greeramada is killed.
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Published March 1983 by DC
Eyeless in Asia
Roy Thomas; Dann Thomas (co-plot)
Adrian Gonzales
Alfredo Alcala (signed)
Arak; Valda; Satyricus; Johannes
"Eyeless in Asia" Now within sight of White Cathay, Arak and his band of followers are warned by Johannes not to look directly upon the glow of the city in the distance. But, Valda can't help but look up when a rare roc flies by overhead, and she's blinded by the glare of Cathay's magic mirror. However, a cure for the blindness can be found in the roc's nest, and Satyricus rapidly climbs a cliffside to retrieve it. Of course, Arak then needs to rescue Satyricus, but all ends well and Valda's sight is restored. In return, she finally forgives Satyricus for his attempted seduction of her when they first met.
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Published March 1983 by DC

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Story Title
Eyeless in Asia
Writer
Roy Thomas; Dann Thomas (co-plot)
Interior Art
Adrian Gonzales
Cover Art
Alfredo Alcala (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Valda; Satyricus; Johannes
Storyline
"Eyeless in Asia" Now within sight of White Cathay, Arak and his band of followers are warned by Johannes not to look directly upon the glow of the city in the distance. But, Valda can't help but look up when a rare roc flies by overhead, and she's blinded by the glare of Cathay's magic mirror. However, a cure for the blindness can be found in the roc's nest, and Satyricus rapidly climbs a cliffside to retrieve it. Of course, Arak then needs to rescue Satyricus, but all ends well and Valda's sight is restored. In return, she finally forgives Satyricus for his attempted seduction of her when they first met.

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Story Title
They Came upon a Midnight Fearful!
Script
Roy Thomas; Dannette Thomas
Pencils
Adrian Gonzales
Story Line
It's Christmas-time and the yule fire is burning in the court of Carolus Magnus. But, when the king's misshapen eldest son, Pip, gives him a gift of a tree bearing several kinds of fruit, Carolus Magnus angrily declares it blasphemous and demands that the tree be destroyed. In despair, Pip inadvertently douses the yule fire, causing wind demons to attack from down the chimney. Malagigi repels the spirits, but Pip is banished for his blasphemy. But, was it really his fault? Baron Ovis seems to be taking great pleasure in observing these happenings...
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Published April 1983 by DC
To Sail the Sandy Sea!
Roy Thomas; Dann Thomas (co-plot)
Adrian Gonzales
Adrian Gonzales (signed)
Arak; Iron Maiden [Valda]; Satyricus; Johannes; Angelica; Argalia (flashback); Malagigi
"To Sail the Sandy Sea!" Arak and his followers continue their journey towards White Cathay. Now, they have to cross a desert of wildly shifting sands. Progress is slow and dangerous until Johannes uses his magic to conjure up a sailing ship that was claimed by the sand ages ago. Angelica, watching through sorcerous means, is not pleased; she reanimates the sailors from that self-same ship to reclaim their property and kill the travelers. But, after a furious struggle with the undead creatures, Arak discovers what zombie experts have always known: cut off their heads!
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Published April 1983 by DC

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Story Title
To Sail the Sandy Sea!
Writer
Roy Thomas; Dann Thomas (co-plot)
Interior Art
Adrian Gonzales
Cover Art
Adrian Gonzales (signed)
Character Appearances
Arak; Iron Maiden [Valda]; Satyricus; Johannes; Angelica; Argalia (flashback); Malagigi
Storyline
"To Sail the Sandy Sea!" Arak and his followers continue their journey towards White Cathay. Now, they have to cross a desert of wildly shifting sands. Progress is slow and dangerous until Johannes uses his magic to conjure up a sailing ship that was claimed by the sand ages ago. Angelica, watching through sorcerous means, is not pleased; she reanimates the sailors from that self-same ship to reclaim their property and kill the travelers. But, after a furious struggle with the undead creatures, Arak discovers what zombie experts have always known: cut off their heads!

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Story Title
Ghost from an Icy Grave!
Script
Roy Thomas; Dannette Thomas
Pencils
Adrian Gonzales
Story Line
Valda is searching the snow-covered palace grounds for the grief-stricken Pip when she is attacked by wolves. After dispatching the threat, she overhears a ghostly voice urging Pip to overthrow his father, the king, and claim his birthright. Pip is nearly frozen to death and seems to be oblivious to all, but Valda has a nagging fear about the voice, which claimed to be Pip's long-dead grandfather. As Valda leads Pip to safety, hooded figures in the shadows discuss their master plan.
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