Conan the Barbarian Returning to Marvel in 2019

The Cimmerian will be back in January of next year.

By Robert Marrujo:: Dark Horse is losing a second franchise to Marvel. As with Star Wars, Conan's transition to Marvel is more of a coming home, as the publisher created a slew of stories starring the beloved barbarian between the years of 1970 and 2000.

Here's the announcement from Marvel:

Today, Marvel Entertainment and Conan Properties International are excited to announce the iconic CONAN franchise will make its grand 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 lineup 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.

The preview art is fascinating because the piece drawn by Mike Deodato, Jr., shows Conan with Thor and Logan (also notable: that's the real Thor sans his synthetic arm and that doesn't look like Old Man Logan, either!). What could that mean? We'll have to wait until more details, including creative teams and titles, are announced. In the meantime, let the speculation begin!

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