Conan the Barbarian is bopping his way back to his original comics cave at Marvel! Today, Marvel Entertainment and Conan Properties International announced that a new Conan series will drop in January of 2019.
Robert E. Howard's charismatic Cimmerian was first born in the Central Texas town of Cross Plains with a rousing legacy of pulp stories, starting with "The Phoenix on the Sword" in the December 1932 issue of Weird Tales.
Some of the most authentic and faithful adaptations of those original Conan tales were published under the blazing Marvel Comics banner.
The adventures began in titles like the premiere flagship series Conan the Barbarian; the adult-oriented black-and-white magazines Savage Tales and The Savage Sword of Conan; and the engaging '90s book King Conan. Throughout the years, Conan comics have featured amazing words and artwork from industry luminaries like Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, Barry Windsor-Smith, Boris Vallejo, Alfredo Alcala, Frank Frazetta, John Buscema, and more.
For three decades launching in 1970, Marvel delivered more than 650 Conan-centric issues filled with all the Hyborian Age heroics you could swing a broadsword at. After a decline in popularity for the hulking pulp character in the late '90s, Dark Horse Comics acquired the licensing rights to Conan in 2003 and published barbaric stories in a multitude of series until 2017.
Now Conan is coming back to the House of Ideas after two decades, starting in 2019. Via a Marvel press release, new Editor-in-Chief C.E. Cebulski expressed his excitement:
“From Barry Windsor-Smith to John Buscema to Neal Adams, a legendary line-up of amazing artists brought Conan to life in the pages of Marvel comics. ... It’s a legacy we’re now going to live up to with the talent we have lined up for the Cimmerian barbarian’s homecoming in early 2019. We’re excited!”
With Gail Simone and Aaron Lopresti's Wonder Woman/Conan miniseries slicing its way through comic shops right now, and a new Conan feature film with Arnold Schwarzenegger still with a glimmer of hope, anticipation is building for the sword-and-sorcery action of these classic Conan sagas.
What about you? Are you thrilled about Conan's Marvel homecoming, and which artistic team would you love to see on the first new title?