Like a great many readers of a certain age, Conan's original run at Marvel was my first introduction to the character, before I even discovered Robert E Hoard's novels and short stories.
Conan was a member of Marvel's stable from the 1970's right up to 2000, with Dark Horse taking over the character in 2003 until Marvel reclaimed the license last year.
We've already been treated to Jason Aaron's superlative first issue of Conan The Barbarian, and next up on the slate is Savage Sword Of Conan (Alex Ross cover shown above), out next month from writer Gerry Duggan, with art by Ron Garney.
On the Marvel website, Duggan says:
"I hope it has all the hallmarks of a great Conan tale. 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."
Then in March, the Age Of Conan title kicks off with the first part of a prequel story of Conan's great love, Bêlit, Queen of the Black Coast, from writer Tini Howard and artist Kate Niemczyk.
This tale of the rise of the pirate queen is the first part of a five-issue arc, then I'm guessing the title will profile another supporting character from the world of Conan.
All of these titles include serialised chapters of original prose novellas as well, really upping their pulp credentials.