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Conan's Past Crossovers With the Marvel Universe

In Drawing Crazy Patterns, I spotlight at least five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Note that these lists are inherently not exhaustive. They are a list of five examples (occasionally I'll be nice and toss in a sixth). So no instance is "missing" if it is not listed. It's just not one of the five examples that I chose.

Marvel recently announced that they will be launching a new Savage Avengers series that will feature Conan the Barbarian as a member of the team! The current theme for next week's The Line it is Drawn is having our artists add Conan to the cover of iconic comic book covers (go tweet us ideas for Conan crashing comic covers to the CSBG Twitter account). I figured I'd spotlight a few notable instances when Conan previously crossed over with the Marvel Comics Universe, although do note that almost all of these were not the literal "main" Marvel Universe!

In What If...? #13 (by Roy Thomas, John Buscema and Ernie Chan), Conan is transported by a magician into modern day New York City...

Naturally, the sight of a barbarian with a giant sword running around the streets of New York City brings the cops on to Conan's tracks. Peter Parker and Mary Jane are out on a date and Peter oddly decides NOT to turn into Spider-Man. I guess he probably often has to decide whether or not the cops can handle any given emergency, right?

Conan then runs into a cab and attacks it, but the driver of the cab agrees to help Conan hide...

He goes home with her and finds out her name is Dannette, almost assuredly named after Roy Thomas' significant other at the time (and now his wife)...

Conan ends up returning home at the end of the story. It's a really good issue.

Twenty-six issues later, in What If...? #39 (by Alan Zelenetz, Ron Wilson and Danny Bulanadi), Thor suddenly finds himself in Conan's land and he witnesses Conan killing some people (as Conan is wont to do) and the two fight over it...

Now that they've proven themselves to each other, they team up with each other to foil a plot involving Set. In the end, Thor is killed and he asks Conan to take Mjolnir back to Asgard and Conan sets off to climb his way to Asgard. It's a striking ending to the story.

The first outright interaction of Conan into the main Marvel Universe occurred during, of all things, Atlantis Attacks. You see, during the crossover, they would have these back-up stories by Peter Sanderson, Mark Bagley (in some of his earliest Marvel work) and Keith Williams showing the history of the Serpent Crown, a key part of the crossover. Set had actually first been a Conan idea, so he obviously tied into one part of the crossover (all of this was firmly within the main Marvel Universe) in Punisher Annual #2...

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