‘Conan the Barbarian’ Comics Move to Titan – The Hollywood Reporter
The Hyborian age has a new home.
Titan Comics, the England-based publisher known for its range of mostly licensed titles, has secured the comic book rights to Conan the Barbarian and other fantasy author Robert E. Howard’s creations, concluding a co-publishing with Heroic Signature, the in-house property intellectual who owns the rights.
The deal not only covers comic books, but also graphic novels as well as remastered archives, including the omnibus program previously released by Marvel Comics. Marvel has held the rights to Conan since 2018 and has published various comics, including Conan fighting alongside heroes such as Wolverine and Elektra in savage avengers.
Titan plans to release a line of original comic books based on Howard’s creations, starting with a new Conan the Barbarian title as an ongoing series slated to launch in May 2023 to coincide with Titan Comics’ tenth anniversary. A miniseries based on sword and sorcery characters such as evil Puritan conqueror Solomon Kane, red-haired mercenary Dark Agnes, and Atlantean adventurer Kull the Conqueror is set to follow.
The comic book deal between the two companies comes after last year’s book deal for Conan for all new novels, short stories and illustrated art books. The first project of this pact is the novel Conan: Blood of the Serpentwhich should hit bookstores on October 18, followed Conan the Barbarian: The Official Movie Storya behind-the-scenes hardcover retrospective book that will be released on November 2, 2022.
“We have been working with Titan for a year on the prose side and have established a good foundation to grow our business together,” said Heroic Signatures President Fredrik Malmberg. “When it became clear that Heroic Signatures would be publishing our own comics, it was only natural to partner with a team we’ve known for decades. Their publishing expertise is stellar, and we couldn’t be more excited to the idea of throwing a barbaric horde of titles like Conan, Solomon Kane, Dark Agnes and many more together.
Now marking 90 years, Conan remains Howard’s most popular and enduring creation, a giant savage warrior making his way through a fantastical time known as the Hyborean Age. He first graced the pages of 1930s pulp magazine strange tales. Although still popular, Conan enjoyed a revival in the 1970s, aided by book editions that had covers by influential fantasy artist Frank Frazetta and the first series of Conan comic books published by Marvel, which run from 1970 to 1993. Two 1980s films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger also brought the character into the mainstream.
Dark Horse Comics published Conan comics from 2003 until Marvel bought them out in 2018. The character has appeared in video games and television, and could enjoy a streaming life through a series Netflix in development.
Conan’s rights are a major boost for Titan, which currently publishes comics based on Doctor Who, Blade Runner, and Cowboy Bebop, among others. Conan enjoys long-standing appeal in various media, as well as strong international recognition.