Conan (comics)

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Conan
Conan the Savage 6.jpg
Cover to Conan the Savage #6 (Jan. 1996).
Art by The Brothers Hildebrandt.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Dark Horse Comics
First appearance Conan the Barbarian #1
(October 1970)
Created by Robert E. Howard
Roy Thomas
Barry Smith
In-story information
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[edit]

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.[1] The series features the main characters, Conan and Bêlit, though Conan is depicted as blond rather than black-haired.[2] 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.[3] " 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.[1]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Main article: Conan (Marvel Comics)

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[edit]

An interior panel of Conan comic adaptation by Dark Horse Comics featuring the art of Cary Nord and Thomas Yeates.

Dark Horse Comics began their take on Conan in 2003.

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.

Creative teams[edit]

  • 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-)

Awards[edit]

  • 2004 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
Best Single Issue or One-Shot: Conan #0: The Legend
  • 2004 Eagle Awards
Favourite new comicbook: Conan

Titles[edit]

Conan Series[edit]

Title Publisher Issues Dates
Conan the Barbarian Marvel #1 - 275 1970 – 1993
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
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: Road of Kings Dark Horse #1 - 12 2010 - 2012
Conan the Barbarian Dark Horse #1 - 25 2012 - 2014
Conan the Avenger Dark Horse #1 - 25 2014 - 2016
Conan the Slayer Dark Horse #1 - 2016 -

Annuals[edit]

Title Publisher Issues Year
Conan the Barbarian Annual Marvel #1 - 12 1973 - 1989
The Savage Sword of Conan Annual Marvel #1 1975
  • Newspaper Strip (September 4, 1978 – April 12, 1981), ?? strips.

Mini-series[edit]

Title Publisher Issues Dates Notes
Conan the Barbarian Movie Special Marvel #1 - 2 1982 1982 movie adaptation of the same name
Conan the Destroyer Marvel #1 - 2 1985 1985 movie adaptation of the same name
Conan and the Stalker of the Woods Marvel #1 - 3 1997
Conan the Barbarian - The Usurper Marvel #1 - 3 1997 - 1998
Conan tte Barbarian - The River of Blood Marvel #1 - 3 1998
Conan the Barbarian - The Lord of Spiders Marvel #1 - 3 1998
Conan the Barbarian - Return of Styrm Marvel #1 - 3 1998
Conan the Barbarian - Scarlet Sword Marvel #1 - 3 1998 - 1999
Conan the Barbarian - Death Covered in Gold Marvel #1 - 3 1999
Conan the Barbarian - Flame and the Fiend Marvel #1 - 3 2000
Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur Dark Horse #1 - 3 2005
Conan and the Demons of Khitai Dark Horse #1 - 4 2005–2006
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 2006 - 2007
King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel Dark Horse #1 - 4 2011
Conan: Island of No Return Dark Horse #1 - 2 2011
King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword Dark Horse #1 - 4 2012
King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon Dark Horse #1 - 6 2013
Conan and the People of the Black Circle Dark Horse #1- 4 2013 - 2014
King Conan: The Conqueror Dark Horse #1 - 6 2014
Groo vs. Conan Dark Horse #1 - 4 2014
Conan / Red Sonja Dark Horse #1 - 4 2015 Crossover with Dynamite Comics
Red Sonja / Conan Dynamite #1 - 4 2015 Crossover with Dark Horse Comics
King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border Dark Horse #1 - 4 2015 - 2016

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)

Other Series[edit]

Title Publisher Issues Dates Notes
Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword Dark Horse #1 - 10 2010 - 2015 Each issue has at least one Conan story along with other REH character stories

Graphic Novels[edit]

Title Publisher Dates Notes
The Witch Queen of Acheron Marvel 1985
Conan the Reaver Marvel 1987
Conan of the Isles Marvel 1988
The Skull of Set Marvel 1989
The Horn of Azoth Marvel 1990
Conan the Rogue Marvel 1991
The Ravagers Out of Time Marvel 1992

Misc. Conan Stories, Titles, and One Shots[edit]

Title Publisher Issues Dates Notes
Chamber of Darkness Marvel #4 1970 An early tale of Conan as Starr the Slayer before Marvel got the rights of Conan
Marvel Comics Index: Conan the Barbarian Marvel #2 1976
Marvel Feature Presents: Red Sonja Marvel #6 1976 Parallel related story in Conan the Barbarian #66 and continues in Conan the Barbarian #67
Marvel Feature Presents: Red Sonja Marvel #7 1976 Continued from Conan the Barbarian #67

Concluded in Conan the Barbarian #68

A Marvel Comics Super Special - The Savage Sword of Conan Marvel #2 1977
A Marvel Comics Super Special - The Savage Sword of Conan Marvel #9 1978
What If: What if Conan the Barbarian Walked the Earth Today? Marvel #13 1979
A Marvel Comics Super Special - Conan the Barbarian Movie Adaptation Marvel #21 1982 Reprint of the mini-series but in large Savage Sword format
What If: What if Thor Battled Conan the Barbarian? Marvel #39 1983
A Marvel Comics Super Special - Conan the Destroyer Movie Adaptation Marvel #35 1984 Reprint of the mini-series but in large Savage Sword format
What If: What if Conan the Barbarian were Stranded in the 20th Century? Marvel #43 1985
The Official Handbook of the Conan Universe Marvel #1 1986
What If (2nd Series): What if Wolverine Battled Conan the Barbarian? Marvel #16 1989
Conan vs. Rune Marvel - 1995
Conan the Cruel SQP - 1996 Collection of Conan art from numerous artists
Conan and the Daughters of Midora Dark Horse One Shot 2004
Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures Funcom Special Dark Horse - 2006 Special collectable issue originally released with a copy of Game Pro Magazine
Conan - The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Savage Barbarian Dark Horse - 2007 Hard cover
Conan the Phenomenon Dark Horse - 2007 Hard cover
Conan: The Weight of the Crown Dark Horse One Shot 2010
Conan - The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1 Dark Horse - 2010 Collection of Conan newspaper strips
Conan the Barbarian: The Mask of Acheron Dark Horse One Shot 2011 2011 Conan movie adaption
Conan: The Phantoms of the Black Coast TPB Dark Horse TPB 2014 Collects Conan: The Phantoms of the Black Coast #1–#5 special comics sent to digital comics subscribers and not sold in the market
Dark Horse Presents: Conan the Swamp King Dark Horse #21 2016

Reprints[edit]

Title Publisher Issues Dates Notes
Conan Saga Marvel #1 - 97 1987 - 1995 All reprints from Savage Sword of Conan and Conan the Barbarian in large, black and white Savage Sword of Conan magazine format
Conan Classic Marvel #1 - 11 1994 - 1995 Reprints Conan the Barbarian #1 to #11
Marvel Treasury Edition Marvel #4, 15, 19 and 23 1975 - 1979 Reprints but in an oversized 10" x 14" tabloid (or "treasury") format
Conan the Barbarian Special Edition - Red Nails Marvel - 1983 Reprints Savage Tales #2 & #3
Essential Conan Marvel Vol. 1 2000 Collects Conan the Barbarian #1 - 25 (530 pages, paperback)
  • Robert E Howard's Conan: The Frost Giant's Daughter

Adaptations[edit]

Story Company Series Issue Notes
Queen of the Black Coast Marvel Conan the Barbarian #57 - #58, #100
  • Collected in
    • The Chronicles of Conan Volume 8: The Tower of Blood and Other Stories
    • The Chronicles of Conan Volume 12: The Beast King of Abombi and Other Stories
Dark Horse Conan the Barbarian #1 - #3, #22 - #25
  • Collected in
    • Conan Volume 13: Queen of the Black Coast.
    • Conan Volume 16: The Song of Bêlit.
The Frost Giant's Daughter (Gods of the North) Marvel Conan the Barbarian #16
  • Collected in
    • Conan The Barbarian Volume 4.
    • The Chronicles of Conan Volume 2: Rogues in the House and Other Stories.
Savage Sword of Conan #1
  • Collected in The Savage Sword of Conan Volume 3.
Dark Horse Conan #2
  • Reprinted as Robert E. Howard's Conan: The Frost Giant's Daughter.
  • Collected in Conan Volume 1: The Frost Giant's Daughter and Other Stories.
The Tower of the Elephant Marvel Conan the Barbarian #4
  • Collected in The Chronicles of Conan Volume 1: Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories.
Savage Sword of Conan #24
  • Collected in The Savage Sword of Conan Volume 2.
Dark Horse Conan #20 - #22.
  • Collected in Conan Volume 3: The Tower of the Elephant and other stories.
The God in the Bowl Marvel Conan the Barbarian #7
  • Collected in The Chronicles of Conan Volume 1: The Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories
Dark Horse Conan #10 & #11.
  • Collected in Conan Volume 2: The God in the Bowl And Other Stories.
The Hour of the Dragon Marvel Giant-Size Conan #1 - #4
  • These issues have not yet been collected
  • Story concludes in Savage Sword of Conan #8, #10
Savage Sword of Conan #8, #10
  • Collected in Savage Sword of Conan Volume 1
Dark Horse King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #1 - #6.
  • Collected in King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon.
King Conan: The Conqueror #1 - #6.
  • Collected in King Conan: The Conqueror.
Red Nails Marvel Savage Tales #2 - #3
  • Collected in
    • The Chronicles of Conan Volume 4: The Song of Red Sonja and Other Stories
    • Savage Sword of Conan Volume 1
The Phoenix on the Sword Marvel Conan the Barbarian Annual #2
  • Collected in The Chronicles of Conan Volume 2: Rogues In the House and Other Stories
Dark Horse King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword #1 - #4.
  • Collected in King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword.
The Scarlet Citadel Marvel Savage Sword of Conan #30
  • Collected in Savage Sword of Conan Volume 3
Dark Horse King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel #1 - #4.
  • Collected in King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel.
Rogues in the House Marvel Conan the Barbarian #11
  • Collected in The Chronicles of Conan Volume 2: Rogues in the House and Other Stories
Dark Horse Conan #41 - 44.
  • Collected in Conan Volume 5: Rogues in the House and Other Stories.
The People of the Black Circle Marvel Savage Sword of Conan #16 - #19
  • Collected in Savage Sword of Conan Volume 2
Dark Horse Conan and the People of the Black Circle #1 - #4.
  • Collected in Conan and the People of the Black Circle.
Black Colossus Marvel Savage Sword of Conan #2
  • Collected in
    • Savage Sword of Conan Volume 1
    • Marvel Treasury Edition #15 (in color)
Dark Horse Conan the Cimmerian #8 - #13.
  • Collected in Conan Volume 8: Black Colossus.
The Slithering Shadow (Xuthal of the Dusk) Marvel Savage Sword of Conan #20
  • Collected in Savage Sword of Conan Volume 2
The Hall of the Dead Marvel Conan the Barbarian #8
  • Collected in The Chronicles of Conan Volume 1: The Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories
Dark Horse Conan #29 - 31.
  • Collected in Conan Volume 4: The Hall of the Dead and other stories.
The Pool of the Black One Marvel Savage Sword of Conan #22 - #23
  • Collected in Savage Sword of Conan Volume 2
Iron Shadows in the Moon (Shadows in the Moonlight) Marvel Savage Sword of Conan #4
  • Collected in Savage Sword of Conan Volume 1
Dark Horse Conan the Cimmerian #22 - #25.
  • Collected in Conan Volume 10: Iron Shadows in the Moon and Other Stories.
The Devil in Iron Marvel Savage Sword of Conan #15
  • Collected in Savage Sword of Conan Volume 2
A Witch Shall be Born Marvel Savage Sword of Conan #5
  • Collected in Savage Sword of Conan Volume 1
Jewels of Gwahlur (The Servants of Bit-Yakin) Marvel Savage Sword of Conan #25
  • Collected in Savage Sword of Conan Volume 3
Dark Horse Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur #1 - #3.
  • Collected in Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur.
Beyond the Black River Marvel Savage Sword of Conan #26 - #27
  • Collected in Savage Sword of Conan Volume 3
The Hand of Nergal Marvel Conan the Barbarian #30
  • Collected in The Chronicles of Conan Volume 5: The Shadow In the Tomb and Other Stories
Dark Horse Conan #47 - 50.
  • Collected in Conan Volume 6: The Hand of Nergal.
Shadows in Zamboula (The Man-Eaters of Zamboula) Marvel Savage Sword of Conan #14
  • Collected in Savage Sword of Conan Volume 2
The Black Stranger Marvel Savage Sword of Conan #47 - #48
  • Collected in Savage Sword of Conan Volume 4
The Vale of Lost Women Marvel Conan the Barbarian #104
  • Collected in The Chronicles of Conan Volume 13: Whispering Shadows and Other Stories
The Snout in the Dark Marvel Conan the Barbarian #106 - #107
  • Collected in The Chronicles of Conan Volume 13: Whispering Shadows and Other Stories
Drums of Tombalku Marvel Conan the Barbarian #204
  • Collected in The Chronicles of Conan Volume 26: Legion of the Dead and Other Stories
Wolves Beyond the Border Marvel Savage Sword of Conan #59
  • Collected in Savage Sword of Conan Volume 5
  • Set in Conan's world, was not originally written as a Conan story

Miscellaneous or parody appearances[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shanks (2013, p. 5)
  2. ^ Lord (1976, p. 333)
  3. ^ Shanks (2013, pp. 4–5)

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