Conan (1970) #96
"The Long Night of Fang and Talon" part one is written by Roy Thomas and drawn by John Buscema and Ernie Chua. Conan has assumed the mantle of Amra, the lord of the jungles of southern Kush. With Amra's ebony lion Sholo at his side, Conan strides through the wilderness searching for his beloved Belit, the pirate queen now a prisoner the mystic animal lord Ajaga. In order to rescue his lover, Conan must travel through a cave filled with traps and perils that would cause a weaker man's heart to melt.
Against barracudas and leopards, Conan pits his sinew, for Ajaga commands the beasts of land, air and sea. But Belit, who has fostered the notion that she's the daughter of the death goddess, cannot escape her prison to help Conan. That is, until the black lion Sholo finds her and sensing her connection to his new master, frees her. As Conan is led to be sacrificed on the Altar of Jhebbel Sag and Ajaga calls the beasts of the jungle to devour him alive, can Belit and Sholo free him in time?