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Monday, January 15, 2018 

How successful will a Conan comeback at Marvel be?

Marvel's regained the license for publishing comics based on Robert E. Howard's pulp tale warrior, which they'd originally developed for comicdom in 1970 under Roy Thomas:
After 15 years with Dark Horse Comics, the comic book adventures of Robert E. Howard’s famous Cimmerian hero will return to Marvel Entertainment, with the company announcing that it has regained the comic license to Conan the Barbarian.

In a brief release, Marvel announced that it would publish Conan “comic book titles, collections [and] reprints” beginning January 2019, with artwork that featured the character alongside Thor and Wolverine. “We’re thrilled to be working with Marvel and look forward to the new adventures in store for Conan,” president of Conan Properties International Fredrik Malmberg said in a statement accompanying the news. “As the most well-known and creative publisher in the industry, we think Marvel is a great fit for our stories.”

Marvel was the first comic book publisher to produce Conan material, starting with 1970’s Conan the Barbarian series. The character was such a success, he would eventually span a number of spinoff titles including Savage Sword of Conan, Conan the King and Conan the Adventurer. In addition to publishing Conan comic books through 2000, Marvel also produced a newspaper strip featuring the character from 1978 through 1981.
But how effective will any stories they publish at this point be? As good as Cebulski turns out to be in his role of editor, I expect. Prior to this, I'd say there'd be no good to come of it when you have Axel Alonso around. Of course, with Joe Quesada around on the upper floor, there could still be reason to worry. He can't be underestimated, assuming he has any influence over Cebulski.

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