Earlier this year, Marvel Comics announced it would again be publishing new Conan the Barbarian comics. A ton of creators threw their hats in the ring when this came through, all vying for the opportunity to try their hand at the sword-slashing hero. The publisher has revealed who has been selected to usher in a new age of Conan this January.
Writer Jason Aaron, artist Mahmud Asrar, colorist Matt Wilson, and cover artist Esad Ribic will lead the barbarian in his new adventures.
Writer Jason Aaron says:
I’ve literally been preparing for this job since I was 13 and discovered my first Robert E. Howard Conan paperback in a used bookstore in my little hometown of Jasper, Alabama. I devoured every Howard book I could find after that, and I’ve been making up Conan stories in my head ever since. Now I finally get to do that for real, alongside the amazing Mahmud Asrar. So this opportunity means an awful lot to me, and I’m cherishing every blood-splattered, spider-haunted second of it.
Conan the Barbarian has stood the test of time, first appearing in 1932 in Weird Tales magazine. Something about the Cimmerian hero has captivated audiences for decades.
Artist Mahmud Asrar added:
Growing up, Conan was one of the first comic books I’ve read. It’s partly responsible in making me a lifelong comic book reader. In fact, it’s the first book where I’ve noticed the names of the creators and that being a comic book artist was something I could do for a living. Now, years later, I get the chance to draw the book myself and do it with the amazing Jason Aaron. I couldn’t be happier to tell epic new tales of the Cimmerian – to continue the legacy that will hopefully make a mark on readers, just like the original comics did for me.
Marvel last published Conan comics in 2000. Since then the character’s adventures were seen in Dynamite and Dark Horse Comics.
Editor Mark Basso says:
I can’t wait for readers to see the epic scope of the first story lined up for Conan. Like our illustrious writer and artist, my intro to Conan came in the form of an old paperback that magically found its way to me as a kid, and this team is harnessing all of that love and respect for the character’s history while expanding the Hyborian mythos in a way that’s really never been done before.
The first arc, called “The Life and Death of Conan” will clock in at 12 issues, jumping around between different points in Conan’s life, ranging from his early days in Cimmeria to his time as the king of Aquilonia.
Fredrik Malmberg, President & CEO of Cabinet Entertainment adds:
These past months have been an exciting whirlwind for us and the folks at Marvel, going through creative teams with passion for the Cimmerian. Jason and Mahmud are crafting a really strong story, it’s amazing to see the process and pages coming through. Esad Ribic’s covers evoke the classic Conan, yet with his own distinct and personal freshness. Crom!
Look for Conan the Barbarian #1 at your local comic shop in January 2019.