For over 20 years, Marvel was the home of all Conan the Barbarian comic series. The original Conan the Barbarian comic helped bring brilliant artist Barry Windsor-Smith to prominence in the industry. Marvel’s line of adult-oriented black and white magazines followed, and the long-running Savage Sword of Conan was a staple of magazine racks and comic shelves too high for little kids to reach, and featured a level of gore and violence unlike their Comics Code Authority approved counterparts.
For the last few years, Conan has made his home at Dark Horse, who have stewarded the legacy well with plenty of high quality new material, as well as gorgeous reprints of the older Marvel stuff. Conan even crossed paths with DC’s Wonder Woman recently, in a collaboration between those two publishers. But the wandering Cimmerian is returning to Marvel, beginning in January 2019.
“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,” said C.B. Cebulski, editor-in-chief of Marvel in a statement. “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!”
“We’re thrilled to be working with Marvel and look forward to the new adventures in store for Conan,” added Fredrik Malmberg, President of Conan Properties International. “As the most well-known and creative publisher in the industry, we think Marvel is a great fit for our stories.”
Obviously, we’re going to get a new Conan ongoing series, although there are no details of that just yet.
What should be particularly exciting to fans is Marvel getting the reprint rights to all that classic material they produced. If we’re lucky, they’ll treat it like they did when Star Wars returned to them, where Marvel Unlimited subscribers suddenly found themselves with countless classic tales on the service.
In any event, we’ll keep you updated on the details as Marvel announces them.