Whoa, Marvel just picked up the Conan license which had been a stalwart at Dark Horse for more than a decade. Ouch.
Of course the moody barbarian got his start in comics at Marvel with the classic Roy Thomas/John Buscema run reinvigorating the character in the hairy-chested 70s.
Marvel hasn’t been big on licensed titles for a long time, so this is another change in direction – and bid for market share.
Conan’s stable mate, Red Sonja, is currently being published at Dynamite, however that character is owned by a different entity than Frederik Mamberg’s Paradox. Malmberg owns the rest of Robert E. Howard’s character stable.
But what’s next, Kull the Conqueror? Bran Mak Morn?
The run is slated to kick off in 2019.
Marvel Entertainment and Conan Properties International are excited to announce the iconic CONAN franchise will return to Marvel next year.
With over 650 issues from 1970 to 2000, Marvel brought fans the adventures of Conan The Barbarian, Conan the Adventurer, Conan the Savage and Savage Sword of Conan among other popular titles.
“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!”
“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.”
With this deal, Marvel will again bring new and thrilling stories for Conan fans around the world. Details on upcoming comic book titles, collections, reprints, and creative teams will be shared at a later date.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.