Marvel Comics is all set to welcome Conan the Barbarian after a gap of 18 years.
Conan Properties International and Marvel Entertainment made an announcement about their agreement today to reintroduce the iconic muscular hero created by Robert E. Howard to the comic publisher starting with January next year.
Originally debuting in 1932 in a series of stories based on swords and magic published by Weird Tales, Conan made his first Marvel Comics appearance in 1970’s Conan the Barbarian, created by the duo of Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith. The title soon became popular enough to take the shape of Savage Sword of Conan, a black and white comic strip for a magazine and a daily newspaper, and also various follow-up series such as King Conan/Conan The King, Conan the Adventurer and Conan the Savage.
Conan Comics is currently published by Dark Horse, which has been holding its license since 2003. Dark Horse has also published compilations of various Conan titles from Marvel.
“From Barry Windsor-Smith to John Buscema to Neal Adams, a legendary lineup of amazing artists brought Conan to life in the pages of Marvel comics,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski stated. “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!”
While Marvel has released a Conan cover designed by Esad Ribic and Mike Deodato, there is no information provided regarding the publishing plans or the creative teams.