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Comics 411: Do Modern Audiences Care About Conan the Barbarian?

January 17, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Conan the Barbarian Marvel

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This week we ask…

Do Modern Audiences Care About Conan the Barbarian?

Marvel Comics announced that starting in January 2019 it will regain the license to publish comic books based on Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian.

Marvel had originally published Conan comic books from 1970-2000 and then the license transferred to Dark Horse Comics.

“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, in a statement. “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!”

No creative teams or titles were announced. Marvel’s previous Conan series include Conan The Barbarian, Conan the Adventurer, Conan the Savage, and Savage Sword of Conan.

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.”

Conan has appeared in comics nearly non-stop since 1970 and, for most, it has had the biggest impact on the characters popularity and remaining The comics are arguably the media that has had the greatest influence on the longevity and popularity of the character.

That popularity is what comes into question. Folks still have a bitter aftertaste after 2011’s Conan starring Jason Momoa came and went at the box office after poor sales and bad reviews.

The rumored The Legend of Conan with Arnold Schwarzenegger has been stumbling around Hollywood for years and now the rumor is it might be re-imagined as a TV show.

Back to the comic book. While Conan is an iconic character, will he be able to find success in a changing comic book industry with a fickle crowd?

Where’s your excitement level at for Marvel’s Conan?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!