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By Tim Knight

A new deal between Marvel Entertainment and Conan Properties International sees Robert E Howard's famous barbarian returning to the Marvel stable next year.

It was in the pages of Marvel comics that I first encountered Conan The Barbarian, in small, reprint digests, that ignited the fires of inspiration in my tiny Dungeons & Dragons-saturated mind with their wild locations, fearsome monsters, and unstoppable protagonist.

It looks like Dark Horse - which has published Conan titles since 2003 - has lost out again to Marvel: first its Star Wars license and now Conan.

From Marvel's blog:

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!”

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.