CONAN THE BARBARIAN Returns To Marvel Comics!April 19, 2019
Fiction. What makes fiction so sensual in our everyday lives? From fantasy to science fiction, whether we want to escape from reality, or just to kill time…fiction engages us. From reading your favorite sci-fi or fantasy books, filled with magical and treacherous adventure, to the far distant future full of technological advances, the depth of fiction is endless. Books such as The Lord Of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martian, and Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard, we have no shortages of creative individuals. Now before you go on and say, “what a minute Sawbones! Conan the Barbarian started off as a book” Why yes, yes he did start off as book. But not everyone knows about that. But yes, Conan the Barbarian was written and created by Robert E. Howard. He was the father of Sword and Sorcery.
“…but what is Sword and Sorcery?” You may be asking yourself.
Sword and Sorcery is sub-genre of Fantasy, where Sword and Sorcery focuses on sword wielding heroes, engaging in high violent adventures full of magical elements, gruesome monsters, evil sorcerers, enchantresses, wizards and half naked damsels. Think of it as the precursor to Game Of Thrones.
But the Conan books weren’t published until after Robert E. Howard’s tragic suicide in 1936 where he never lived long enough to see his work published and not realizing that he wrote an iconic character among fictional authors. It’s a sad and tragic story, it truly is, But his work did not go in vain. 34 years later after Robert’s death. Marvel acquired the licensing rights to Conan the Barbarian in the 1970’s where Roy Thomas became the writer for Conan The Barbarian comics, and Barry Windsor-Smith as illustrator for the comics making it a success and increasing his popularity through Marvel Comics. Now you all may be wondering why I’m talking about about Conan The Barbarian so much, well the simple answer is, in my opinion, Conan’s comics are better than the books. This wouldn’t be much of a comic book news if I just talked about Robert E. Howard’s Conan books. Like come on, this isn’t high school english class.
A lot of you probably grew up reading the Conan comics by Marvel in 1970’s-1990’s, or maybe the Dark Horse Comics run in 2003-2018. Then after the Conan license went back to Marvel Comics, it is now owned by Disney. But what does this all mean? It means Marvel Comics will now start publishing Conan The Barbarian comics once again! But they’re not not just going to publish Conan comics, no, no, no. For the first time ever, Marvel will be making Conan part of the Marvel universe, whereas before Marvel treated the Conan stories as separate from the familiar “Marvel Universe” all of our heroes reside in. The way Marvel announced and celebrated Conan’s return to Marvel Comics, was releasing 20 variant covers starring Marvel’s iconic heroes. Such as “Amazing Spider-Man #11, Avengers #11, Thor #8, and Deadpool #7, just to name a few comic books starring Conan, (list of the variant covers are the link located in the bottom of the article).
How will Marvel introduce Conan to the Marvel universe? Simple, by launching a new comic series of a new Avengers team called. “Savage Avengers” written by Gerry Duggan and artist Mike Deodato, the first issue is set to release in May. For this is an exciting time for old school fans of Marvel Comics from the 1970’s, to new comic book readers. I am also excited for Conan, he’ll be teaming up with Wolverine, Venom, The Punisher, Elektra, and Brother Voodoo. Now do I know anything about this new Avengers team? Absolutely not! But that doesn’t stop me from getting the first issue when it comes out in May! I am looking forward to covering the first issue of Savage Avengers, and seeing Conan going up against the Marvels rouge galleries! Here in Nerd Colony!
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