After 15 years of being owned by Dark Horse Comics, the legendary warrior Conan the Barbarian has returned to Marvel Entertainment. The company has finally regained the comic license to Conan the Barbarian.
Today in a release Marvel announced that it would once again begin publishing Conan comic book titles, collections, and reprints in January of next year. Fredrik Malmberg, President of Conan Properties International, had this to say,
“We’re thrilled to be working with Marvel and look forward to the new adventures in store for Conan. As the most well-known and creative publisher in the industry, we think Marvel is a great fit for our stories.”
The announcement came along with this fantastic artwork from Mike Deodato of Conan standing side by side with both Thor and Wolverine.
Along with this piece by Esad Ribic.
For those of you unfamiliar with Conan material, Marvel was actually the first comic book publisher to produce the property, beginning with the 1970 Conan the Barbarian series. The character was such a success that he spanned a number of spin-off titles and eventually his own film. In 2003 the character’s comic license was gained by Dark Horse Comics who went on to publish a number of their own series.
C.B. Cebulski, current Marvel editor-in-chief, made his own statement alongside Marvel’s official announcement,
“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!”
So while we may have to wait for 2019 to see what the company does with Conan, there is no doubt it will be one event you will not want to miss.