Conan The Barbarian to Return After 18 Year Absence

Conan the Barbarian fan art

Conan Properties International revealed that Conan The Barbarian will be returning to the Marvel Universe in a new agreement where Marvel will be taking over the franchise in January 2019.

Marvel owned the license to the Conan franchise from 1970 to 2000. After a successful 30-year run publishing hundreds of stories featuring the character, Dark Horse Comics took over the rights. Marvel has yet to announce any specific books or creative teams involved. It's also not clear whether or not they will continue where the story that Dark Horse Comics left off, or if they'll be creating a new story centered around the hero.

Marvel did, however, reveal a few teaser images which indicate a possible crossover between Conan and the Avengers:

Conan the Barbarian and Avengers crossover
Art by Mike Deodato, Jr. (Marvel Comics)

Conan the Barbarian art
Art by Esad Ribic (Marvel Comics)

Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski had this to say about the acquirement in Marvel's recent press release:

"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. 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!"

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