Cover to Conan the Savage #6 (Jan. 1996).
Art by The Brothers Hildebrandt.
Dark Horse Comics
|First appearance||Conan the Barbarian #1
|Created by||Robert E. Howard
|Notable aliases||Amra the Lion|
|Abilities||Peak human physical condition,
Melee weapons master,
Knowledge and experience of fighting the supernatural
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. Since 2003, Conan has been published by Dark Horse Comics.
La Reina de la Costa Negra
The first comic book adaptation of a Howard Conan story was the feature "La Reina de la Costa Negra" (taken from the original Conan story, "Queen of the Black Coast") in the miniature-size Mexican anthology title Cuentos de Abuelito #8 (1952) published by Corporacion Editorial Mexicana, SA. The series features the main characters, Conan and Bêlit, though Conan is depicted as blond rather than black-haired. Issues 8 through 12 adapted the original Howard story, while subsequent issues featured original material. The feature ran in nearly every issue of Cuentos de Abuelito up through number 61. " A digest-sized standalone La Reina de la Costa Negra series was published by Ediciones Mexicanas Asocidas in 1958-1959 which lasted for at least eleven issues. In 1965-66 Ediciones Joma published a standard-size La Reina de la Costa Negra comic that ran for at least 53 issues.
Marvel Comics introduced a fairly faithful version of Conan in 1970 with Conan the Barbarian, written by Roy Thomas with art initially by Barry Windsor-Smith, then John Buscema and Ernie Chan (aka Ernie Chua). The highly successful Conan the Barbarian series spawned the more adult, black-and-white Savage Sword of Conan in 1974, by Thomas, Buscema, and Alfredo Alcala. Savage Sword of Conan soon became one of the most popular comic series in 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 Roy Thomas and illustrated by John Buscema, the strip was continued by several different Marvel artists and writers.
Other Marvel Conan titles over the years include Savage Tales (1971 – 1975, issues 1-5 only), Giant-Size Conan (1974–1975), King Conan/Conan the King (1980–1989), Conan the Adventurer (1994 – 1995), Conan (1995 – 1996), and Conan the Savage (1995 – 1996).
Dark Horse Comics
The first comic series published was written by Kurt Busiek and Tim Truman and pencilled by Cary Nord and Tomas Giorello. This was followed by Conan the Cimmerian, written by Tim Truman and pencilled by Tomas Giorello, Richard Corben and José Villarrubia. This series is a fresh interpretation, based solely on the works of Robert E. Howard and on the Dale Rippke chronology, with no connection to the large Marvel run.
Dark Horse Comics is also publishing digitally re-coloured compilations of the 1970s Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian series in graphic-novel format, by Roy Thomas (writer), Barry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema, Ernie Chan (artists) and others.
- Kurt Busiek (writer) and Cary Nord (artist) (2003-2006)
- Tim Truman (writer) and Cary Nord (artist) (2007)
- Tim Truman (writer) and Tomas Giorello (artist) (2008)
- Tim Truman (writer) and Tomas Giorello (artist), Richard Corben (artist 2008), José Villarrubia (colorist) (2008-)
- 2004 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
- Best Single Issue or One-Shot: Conan #0: The Legend
- 2004 Eagle Awards
- Favourite new comicbook: Conan
|Conan the Barbarian||Marvel||#1 - 275||1970 – 1993|
|Annual #1 - 12||1973 – 1987|
|Savage Tales||Marvel||#1 - 5||1971 – 1975|
|Savage Sword of Conan||Marvel||#1 - 235||1974 – 1995|
|Giant-Size Conan||Marvel||#1 - 5||1974 – 1975|
|King Conan/Conan the King||Marvel||#1 - 55||1980 – 1989|
|Handbook of the Conan Universe||Marvel||#1||Jan. 1986|
|Conan the Adventurer||Marvel||#1 - 14||1994 – 1995|
|Conan the Savage||Marvel||#1 - 10||1995 – 1996|
|Conan||Marvel||#1 - 11||1995 – 1996|
|Conan||Dark Horse||#0 - 50||2003 – 2008|
|Conan the Cimmerian||Dark Horse||#0 - 25||2008 - 2010|
|Conan the Barbarian||Dark Horse||#1 -||2012 -|
- Newspaper Strip (September 4, 1978 – April 12, 1981), ?? strips.
|Conan and the Daughters of Midora||Dark Horse||#1||2004|
|Conan and the Demons of Khitai||Dark Horse||#1 - 4||2005–2006||‡|
|Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur||Dark Horse||#1 - 3||2005|
|Conan and the Midnight God||Dark Horse||#1 - 5||2005|
|Conan and the Songs of the Dead||Dark Horse||#1 - 5||2006|
|Conan: Book of Thoth||Dark Horse||#1 - 4||2006|
|Conan and the Midnight God||Dark Horse||#1 - 5||2007|
|Conan: Road of Kings||Dark Horse||#1 - 12||2011-2012|
‡ Conan and the Demons of Khitai #3 featured a spoof nude advert for Conan #24 - after complaints a second printing was issued replacing the spoof nude advert with the actual (non-nude) advert for Conan #24, with retailers offering the option to swap copies. (see Recalled comics for more pulped, recalled and erroneous comics)
- Robert E Howard's Conan: The Frost Giant's Daughter
|Queen of the Black Coast||Marvel||Conan the Barbarian||#57 - #58, #100||
|Dark Horse||Conan the Barbarian||#1 - #3, #22 - #25||
|The Frost Giant's Daughter (Gods of the North)||Marvel||Conan the Barbarian||#16||
|Savage Sword of Conan||#1||
|The Tower of the Elephant||Marvel||Conan the Barbarian||#4||
|Savage Sword of Conan||#24||
|Dark Horse||Conan||#20 - #22.||
|The God in the Bowl||Marvel||Conan the Barbarian||#7||
|Dark Horse||Conan||#10 & #11.||
|The Hour of the Dragon||Marvel||Giant-Size Conan||#1 - #4||
|Savage Sword of Conan||#8, #10||
|Dark Horse||King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon||#1 - #6.||
|King Conan: The Conqueror||#1 - #6.||
|Red Nails||Marvel||Savage Tales||#2 - #3||
|The Phoenix on the Sword||Marvel||Conan the Barbarian Annual||#2||
|Dark Horse||King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword||#1 - #4.||
|The Scarlet Citadel||Marvel||Savage Sword of Conan||#30||
|Dark Horse||King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel||#1 - #4.||
|Rogues in the House||Marvel||Conan the Barbarian||#11||
|Dark Horse||Conan||#41 - 44.||
|The People of the Black Circle||Marvel||Savage Sword of Conan||#16 - #19||
|Dark Horse||Conan and the People of the Black Circle||#1 - #4.||
|Black Colossus||Marvel||Savage Sword of Conan||#2||
|Dark Horse||Conan the Cimmerian||#8 - #13.||
|The Slithering Shadow (Xuthal of the Dusk)||Marvel||Savage Sword of Conan||#20||
|The Hall of the Dead||Marvel||Conan the Barbarian||#8||
|Dark Horse||Conan||#29 - 31.||
|The Pool of the Black One||Marvel||Savage Sword of Conan||#22 - #23||
|Iron Shadows in the Moon (Shadows in the Moonlight)||Marvel||Savage Sword of Conan||#4||
|Dark Horse||Conan the Cimmerian||#22 - #25.||
|The Devil in Iron||Marvel||Savage Sword of Conan||#15||
|A Witch Shall be Born||Marvel||Savage Sword of Conan||#5||
|Jewels of Gwahlur (The Servants of Bit-Yakin)||Marvel||Savage Sword of Conan||#25||
|Dark Horse||Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur||#1 - #3.||
|Beyond the Black River||Marvel||Savage Sword of Conan||#26 - #27||
|The Hand of Nergal||Marvel||Conan the Barbarian||#30||
|Dark Horse||Conan||#47 - 50.||
|Shadows in Zamboula (The Man-Eaters of Zamboula)||Marvel||Savage Sword of Conan||#14||
|The Black Stranger||Marvel||Savage Sword of Conan||#47 - #48||
|The Vale of Lost Women||Marvel||Conan the Barbarian||#104||
|The Snout in the Dark||Marvel||Conan the Barbarian||#106 - #107||
|Drums of Tombalku||Marvel||Conan the Barbarian||#204||
|Wolves Beyond the Border||Marvel||Savage Sword of Conan||#59||
Miscellaneous or parody appearances
- National Lampoon (May 1972)
- Mad Magazine #235, December 1982, Conehead the Barbituate by Dick De Bartolo and Don Martin.
- Mad Magazine #340, October 1995 Superhero High School (with Archie's Jughead)
- Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! (DC, 1982), issue 7. Written by Roy Thomas: Bow-Zar the Barkbarian.
- What The--?! # 12 versus Groo (Goo) among others such as Hot Stuff and Yogi the Bear and Frosty the Snowman.
- UHF in a dream sequence titled Conan the Librarian (1989).
- Lord, Glenn (1976), The Last Celt, Berkley Windhover Books, ISBN 978-0-425-03630-3
- Shanks, Jeffrey (Spring 2013), "La Reina de la Costa Negra: The Mystery of the Mexican Conan Comics", Comic Book Quarterly (11): 3–6, retrieved 2013-05-22