Earlier this year Marvel Comics regained the rights to publish comics featuring Conan the Barbarian and back in August they announced that Jason Aaron, Mahmud Asrar, Matthew Wilson and Esad Ribic would team up to chronicle new adventures of the Cimmerian barbarian in a new Conan the Barbarian series.
During one of their New York Comic Con panels, the publisher made it clear that is not the only plans for Conan. There they announced that Gerry Duggan, Ron Garney, and Richard Isanove are launching a second book, Savage Sword of Conan, beginning in February 2019.
“My first job was in 7th grade, working part-time at a comics shop that needed help going through their inventory,” recalls Duggan. “I fell in love with the classic Conan material that year. To be able to play in this sandbox now is a dream come true. I wrote my first ‘By Crom!’ into a script the other day, and I stopped for a moment to say, ‘Oh… That feels as good as a SNIKT or a THWIP!'” Duggan said. “To be able to be paired with Ron Garney on art and Richard Isanove on colors is just outstanding. It would be hard to say that this is Ron’s best work, but it’s true. I think when people see it they’re really gonna freak out. And Richard is gonna paint the hell out of it. We’re all Conan fans, and somehow we’re being paid to do this. Because I’d pay for this honor! I’m the luckiest guy in the world with assignments and collaborators.”
Savage Sword of Conan was one of the titles that Marvel ran when they originally held the rights from 1970 to 2000, in which they published over 650 various issues across multiple books with Conan’s adventures.
“I hope it has all the hallmarks of a great Conan tale,” Duggan said. “It starts on the high seas, there’s treasure, there’s fighting, there’s a potential romance, there’s a little bit of comedy, and there’s Conan swinging all kinds of weapons at death cultist’s heads.”
The second Conan series launches next February.