Conan (1970) #9
"The Garden of Fear" is written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Barry Smith and Sal Buscema. It begins on a lonely mountain pass with a savage attack by primitive villagers on Conan and Jenna, the girl he's shared many adventures and nights with. Knocked from their horse, the pair find themselves the "guests" of a lost tribe of men who dwell outside two verdant valleys. After a time, the Cimmerian and the former prostitute find the villagers quite friendly. Not as friendly is the bat-winged demon that swoops in, however, and grabs Jenna up and carries her into the valley. Unable to convince any villagers to accompany him, Conan enters the mysterious gorges alone to get Jenna back.
Wondrous and strange are the sights that greet the barbarian's eye there. Great woolly mammoths grazing on long grasses also drink from waters festooned with exotic plants and sealife. And in the second valley, an emerald tower stands enigmatically, surround by pale pink flowers. Atop the tower's parapet, the winged demon-man stands proudly looking out over the valleys. Conan briefly wonders if he is a creature of conjuration or the last survivor of a forgotten race. But when the swordsman sees the creature drop a previously captured villager into the flowers below the tower, he learns both the winged man and the flora are monsters. The flowers drink the blood of the hapless primitive and turn scarlet in satisfaction. Lest Jenna share that fate, Conan knows he must defeat the winged one any way he can.