Conan is a fictional character based on Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian. He was introduced to the comic book world in 1970 with Conan the Barbarian, written by Roy Thomas, illustrated by Barry Smith and published by Marvel Comics.
The highly successful Conan the Barbarian series spawned the more adult, black-and-white Savage Sword of Conan in 1974 (published as part of Marvel's line of black-and-white magazines). Written by Thomas with most art by John Buscema or Alfredo Alcala, Savage Sword of Conan soon became one of the most popular comic series of the 1970s and is now considered a cult classic.
The Marvel Conan stories were also adapted as a newspaper comic strip which appeared daily and Sunday from September 4, 1978, to April 12, 1981. Originally written by Thomas and illustrated by Buscema, the strip was continued by several different Marvel artists and writers.
Marvel ceased publishing all Conan titles in 2000. In 2003, Dark Horse Comics acquired the license to publish the character. In 2018, Marvel reacquired the rights and started new runs of both Conan the Barbarian and Savage Sword of Conan in January/February 2019.
|First appearance||Conan the Barbarian #1 (Oct. 1970)|
|Created by||Roy Thomas |
|Team affiliations||Savage Avengers|
Marvel Comics' Conan's core appearances include:
|Conan the Barbarian||#1–275||1970–1993|
|Savage Tales||#1–5||1971–1975||Conan only appeared in the first five issues; the final six issues featured Ka-Zar|
|Savage Sword of Conan||#1–235||1974–1995||Black-and-white "mature readers" title originally published by the Marvel imprint Curtis Magazines|
|Conan newspaper strip||16 stories||1978–1981|
|The Official Handbook of the Conan Universe||#1||1986|
|King Conan/Conan the King||#1–55||1980–1989||Title changed from King Conan to Conan the King after issue #19|
|Conan the Adventurer||#1–14||1994–1995||A "reboot" of Conan the Barbarian|
|Conan the Savage||#1–10||1995–1996||A "reboot" of Savage Sword of Conan|
The following occur in the Hyborean age:
Note: At least some of these appearances (e.g. What If?, Avengers Forever, and Excalibur), if not all, were not of Conan from Earth-616.
Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard was first adapted into comics in 1952 in Mexico. Marvel Comics began publishing Conan comics with the series Conan the Barbarian in 1970. Dark Horse Comics published Conan from 2003 to 2018, when the rights were reacquired by Marvel Comics.Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Barbarian (also known as Conan the Cimmerian) is a fictional sword and sorcery hero who originated in pulp fiction magazines and has since been adapted to books, comics, several films (including Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer), television programs (cartoon and live-action), video games, role-playing games, and other media. The character was created by writer Robert E. Howard in 1932 in a series of fantasy stories published in Weird Tales magazine.Conan the Barbarian (comics)
Conan the Barbarian was a comics title starring the sword-and-sorcery character created by Robert E. Howard, published by the American company Marvel Comics. It debuted with a first issue cover-dated October 1970 and ran for 275 issues until 1993. A significant commercial success, the title launched a sword-and-sorcery vogue in American 1970s comics.
Marvel Comics reacquired the publishing rights in 2018, and started a new run of Conan the Barbarian in January 2019 with the creative team of writer Jason Aaron and artist Mahmud A. Asrar.Red Sonja
Red Sonja is a fictional character, a sword-and-sorcery comic book heroine created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith for Marvel Comics in 1973, partially based on Robert E. Howard's characters Red Sonya of Rogatino and Dark Agnes de Chastillon.
In Marvel's comics she originates from Hyrkania, during the Hyborian Age period, and is a contemporary of Conan the Barbarian - like Conan she has a dark backstory, involving her rape, and the murder of her family - a prayer to Scáthach gave her the fighting skills enabling her to revenge herself.
From 2005 the series was published by Dynamite Entertainment - in issue #34 the original Sonja was killed off, and replaced by a 'reincarnation'. The series was rebooted by Gail Simone in 2013, telling an altered version of her early life story via flashbacks. In 2017 Amy Chu began writing the series.
Red Sonja has appeared in numerous editions both solo, and together with Conan, as well as in some Marvel comics crossovers. A novelization was published in the 1980s written by David C. Smith and Richard L. Tierney, and in 1985 a feature film Red Sonja starring Brigitte Nielsen in the title role was released. There have also been television and animated adaption.
Sonja is well known for her bikini armor, consisting typically of scale mail covering only her waist and breasts.Savage Sword of Conan
The Savage Sword of Conan was a black-and-white magazine-format comic book series published beginning in 1974 by Curtis Magazines, an imprint of American company Marvel Comics, and then later by Marvel itself. Savage Sword of Conan starred Robert E. Howard's most famous creation, Conan the Barbarian, and has the distinction of being the longest-surviving title of the short-lived Curtis imprint.
As a "magazine", Savage Sword of Conan did not have to conform to the Comics Code Authority, making it a publication of choice for many illustrators. It soon became one of the most popular comic series of the 1970s and is now considered a cult classic. Roy Thomas was the editor and primary writer for the series' first few years (until issue 60), which featured art by illustrators such as Neal Adams, Dick Giordano, Barry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom, Pablo Marcos, and Walter Simonson. Painted covers were provided by such artists as Earl Norem, Bob Larkin, and Joe Jusko.
Savage Sword of Conan was published under the Curtis imprint until issue 60, when it became part of the Marvel Magazine Group. Stories from the comic were reprinted in the Marvel UK title of the same name. The original run of Savage Sword of Conan ran until issue #235 (July 1995).
Marvel Comics reacquired the publishing rights in 2018, and started a new run of Savage Sword of Conan beginning in February 2019.