Marvel Comics is celebrating the return of Conan the Barbarian to its publication line not only by launching a pair of all-new series in 2019, the famed warrior will also feature in a new series of variant covers running from the end of 2018 into early 2019.
An all-star lineup of artists will pit Conan agains the various heroes and villains fo the Marvel Universe throughout December and January. Dave Johnson, Jerome Opeña, Dale Keown, J. Scott Campbell and more will showcase the primitive adventurer battling the likes of the Immortal Hulk, Captain America, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four for a total of twenty covers.
December kicks off the two-month series of themed variants with ten issues featuring the legendary Cimmerian throwing down with a who's who of Marvel heroes and villains. The ten issues you'll want to watch out for are as follows:
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11 by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12 by MARK BAGLEY
- AVENGERS #11 by CARLOS PACHECO
- BLACK PANTHER #7 by RICHARD ISANOVE
- CAPTAIN AMERICA #6 by BUTCH GUICE
- DEADPOOL #7 by MARC LAMING
- FANTASTIC FOUR #5 by GERALD PAREL
- IMMORTAL HULK #10 by INHYUK LEE
- THOR #8 by PATCH ZIRCHER
- UNCANNY X-MEN #6 by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
January's series of Conan vs the Marvel Universe variants are as follows:
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 by GREG LAND
- AVENGERS #13 by MIKE MCKONE
- CAPTAIN AMERICA #7 by DAVE JOHNSON
- IMMORTAL HULK #12 by TBD
- SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST SPIDER #4 by GORAN PARLOV
- THOR #9 by GREG SMALLWOOD
- TONY STARK: IRON MAN #8 by VALERIO SCHITI
- UNCANNY X-MEN #8 by DALE KEOWN
- VENOM #10 by HUMBERTO RAMOS
- X-FORCE #2 by JEROME OPENA
Jason Aaron, Mahmud Asrar and Esad Ribic are set to enter Cimmeria and chronicle the adventures of Conan when the iconic barbarian's new series arrives in January 2019. In February, Savage Sword of Conan will also launch from the creative team of writer Gerry Duggan, artist Ron Garney and colorist Richard Isanove, with a first issue cover by Alex Ross.
Introduced in 1932 in a series of sword-and-sorcery stories published in Weird Tales, Conan made his Marvel Comics debut in 1970 in Conan the Barbarian, by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith. The popularity of that title soon spawned the Savage Sword of Conan black-and-white magazine and a daily newspaper comic strip, as well as subsequent series like King Conan/Conan the King, Conan the Adventurer and Conan the Savage.