With over 650 issues from 1970 to 2000, Marvel will again bring new and thrilling stories for Conan fans around the world. Marvel Entertainment and Conan Properties International are excited to announce the iconic Conan franchise will return to Marvel Comics next year. A new agreement with go into effect beginning in January 2019. Details on upcoming comic book titles, collections, reprints, and creative teams will be shared at a later date.
“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. “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!”
Marvel revealed a pair of teaser images drawn by Esad Ribic and Mike Deodato, Jr. If Deodato’s teaser is to be taken at face value, we may be seeing a crossover between Conan and the Avengers, something incredibly possible now that the famed Barbarous one is back under the Marvel mantle.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Marvel and look forward to the new adventures in store for Conan,” said 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.”
Marvel was the first comic book publisher to produce Conan material, previously holding the license for three decades, starting in 1970, and publishing hundreds of stories featuring the character across titles like Conan the Barbarian and The Savage Sword of Conan. Dark Horse Comics currently holds the license, but it appears that 2018 will mark the end of the line for their Conan saga. The series is the second high-profile comic book license Dark Horse Comics has lost to Marvel in recent years, following Star Wars switching publishers in 2014.
There is no other news on what to expect with Conan’s next comic series but we’ll know come 2019.