Get ready to pick up your sword and return to the Hyborian Age. The folks at Titan Comics are teaming up with Heroic Signatures and launching a new Conan the Barbarian series this year, after acquiring the rights to Robert E. Howard’s iconic sword and sorcery hero in 2022. The cover for the first issue by artist Dan Panosian perfectly captures the character’s valiant yet rather menacing persona.
And, here’s a quick Conan the Barbarian synopsis for issue one—written by Jim Zub with artwork by Roberto De La Torre and José Villarrubia—of this exciting adventure:
Robert E. Howard’s legendary Conan is back in a new tale of bravery and heroism! Conan the Barbarian FCBD Edition leads into the debut issue! Years after the battle of Venarium, a weary Conan returns to his homeland to seek rest and solitude. However, a mysterious scout rides in to warn the Cimmerians of an imminent threat on the march from the Pictish wilderness. Will Conan and his new ally be able to hold off this new horde of invaders?
Robert E. Howard’s Conan first appeared in pulp novels over 91 years ago. He has since appeared in some fifty novels over the following decades. But it was comics that shot the Cimmerian warrior to new heights of popularity. In the early 1970s, Marvel Comics began publishing an ongoing Conan the Barbarian series. In fact, one series lasted well into the 1990s.
Without the popularity of the comic books, it’s doubtful they would have ever produced the iconic 1982 Conan the Barbarian film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. After Marvel, Dark Horse Comics published Conan comics for several years. A few years back, Conan returned to Marvel Comics. But as of last year, Titan is the new home for tales of the savage yet noble warrior. And we expect many exciting tales of blood and iron in the coming months.
Conan the Barbarian #1 hits comic shops everywhere on July 26.