Marvel time in the Hyborian Age is coming to an end as the comic publishing license for Conan The Barbarian is leaving the renowned comic publisher.
It only seemed like yesterday when Marvel proudly announced the savage sword of the Cimmerian returning after a long hiatus away. Now, Conan The Barbarian is set to now leave Marvel once again after the Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar’s King Conan run which concludes this July 2022.
Despite the character’s license leaving Marvel, the publisher also announced a new round of collection releases. This fall, Marvel’s releasing its sixth volume as part of the Conan the Barbarian Epic Collection, featuring a collection of vintage comics from Roy Thomas, John Buscema, Howard Chaykin, and Gil Kane.
Also coming in December 2022, Marvel is releasing another collection, Conan the Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 10 with a cover from Todd McFarlane.
Heroic Signatures CEO Fred Malmberg confirmed and spoke on the move as a means of having more of a hands-on approach with the Conan IP:
We had a wonderful run with Marvel Comics but ultimately they have decided not to extend their license beyond this year. Conan has more than 50 years of comic book publishing. We took the decision to pick up the baton ourselves, not only for Conan but all the other wonderful characters and IP that we control. The publishing program will commence next year but exact details are not final yet
This move falls in line with plans for a Netflix project being planned for the Barbarian, and sounds like a mini-universe is being curated from print to film. One in which the ecosystem will be as much under Heroic Signatures’ control as possible.
More as things develop.