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Comic Book: Conan the Barbarian
From out of the earth's dark, forgotten past-- thru the timeless terrors of the Hyborian Age-- stalks the mightiest hero of them all--!
— Original in-house advertisement for the Marvel series.

During the resurge in popularity Robert E. Howard's most popular character enjoyed back in The Seventies, Marvel Comics was quick to take notice of this, and got the license from Conan Productions. In October, 1970, the very first issue of Conan the Barbarian hit the shelves, quickly becoming one of Marvel's top-sellers. Spin Offs soon followed, each becoming popular in their own right, with The Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian occasionally overtaking its sister title in sales.

However, what with certain cinematic failures i.e. Conan the Destroyer and the Red Sonja movie, Conan's popularity waned. During The Dark Age of Comic Books, Conan's main ongoing and Savage Sword were eventually cancelled after a combined 510 issues, to be replaced with other ongoings whose issue numbers barely lasted into double figures. Marvel soon gave up on giving Sword and Sorcery's greatest hero his own title, shunting him off into a few miniseries, the last of which was printed in 2000.

Dark Horse Comics then picked up the license in 2003, having previously made several miniseries based on lesser REH properties, such as Cormac Mac Art and Almuric. They took a slightly different approach to the character, putting out one ongoing, with the occasional miniseries on the side.

    The Marvel franchise (not including reprints) 
  • Conan the Barbarian vol. 1 (1970-1993). 275 issues.
  • Savage Tales vol. 1 (1971-1974). Anthology title, Conan was the main character for 5 issues.
  • Conan Annual (1973-1987). 12 issues.
  • The Savage Sword of Conan (1974-1995). 235 issues.
  • Giant-Size Conan (1984-1975). 5 issues.
  • King Conan (1980-1983), later renamed Conan the King (1984-1989). 55 issues.
  • Conan the Barbarian Movie Special (1982). 2 issues.
  • Graphic novels (1985-1992). 7 issues.
    • The Witch Queen of Acheron (1985)
    • Conan the Reaver (1987)
    • Conan of the Isles (1988)
    • Conan: The Skull of Set (1989)
    • Conan the Barbarian: The Horn of Azoth (1990). Based on a rejected script for the film Conan the Destroyer.
    • Conan the Rogue (1991)
    • Conan: The Ravagers out of Time (1992). Crossover with Red Sonja and Kull. Involves Time Travel.
  • The Handbook of the Conan Universe (1986). One-shot publication.
  • Conan the Adventurer (1994-1995). 14 issues.
  • Conan (1995-1996). 11 issues.
  • Conan the Savage (1995-1996). 10 issues.
  • Conan vs. Rune (1995). One-shot publication. Crossover with The Ultraverse,
  • Conan the Barbarian vol. 2 (1997). 3 issues.
  • Conan the Barbarian: The Usurper (1997-1998). 3 issues.
  • Conan: The Lord of the Spiders (1998). 3 issues.
  • Conan: River of Blood (1998). 3 issues.
  • Conan Return of Styrm (1998). 3 issues.
  • Conan Scarlet Sword (1998-1999). 3 issues.
  • Conan: Death Covered in Gold (1999). 3 issues.
  • Conan: Flame and the Fiend (2000). 3 issues.

    The Dark Horse franchise (not including reprints) 
  • Conan #0: The Legend (2003). One-shot publication.
  • Conan (2004-2008). 50 issues.
  • Conan And the Daughters of Midora (2004). One-Shot publication.
  • Conan And the Jewels of Gwahlur (2005). 3 issues.
  • Conan And the Demons of Khitai (2005-2006). 4 issues.
  • Conan: Book of Thoth (2006). 4 issues.
  • Conan: Free Comic Book Day Edition (2006). One-shot publication.
  • Conan And the Songs of the Dead (2006). 5 issues.
  • Hyborian Adventures: SDCC Free Giveaway (2006). One-shot publication.
  • Conan And the Midnight God (2007). 5 issues.
  • Conan the Cimmerian (2008-2010). 26 issues.
  • Conan: The Weight of the Crown (2010). One-shot publication.
  • Conan: Road of Kings (2010-2012). 12 issues.
  • King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel (2011). 4 issues.
  • Conan: Island of No Return (2011). 2 issues.
  • King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword (2012). 4 issues.
  • Conan the Barbarian vol. 3 (2012-2014). 25 issues.
  • Conan: The Phantoms of the Black Coast (2012-2013). 4 issues.
  • King Conan: Hour of the Dragon (2013). 6 issues.
  • Conan and the People of the Black Circle (2013-2014). 4 issues.
  • King Conan: The Conquer (ongoing, started in 2014). 6 issues.
  • Conan the Avenger (ongoing, started in 2014).
    • Adapting The Shumballah Fragments/"The Snout in the Dark".

These comics have all included these examples:

These tropes happened specifically in the Marvel Comics run:


CerebusFantasy Comic BooksCurse of the Worgen
ClanDestineMarvel Comics SeriesContest of Champions
Yoko TsunoThe SeventiesDarkseid
The WatcherImageSource/Comic BooksThrowing Your Sword Always Works

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