Updated on 16 October, 2021
In 1970, Marvel started publishing comic books based on Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian with the first comic book volume following suit. These comic books changed over the years, with Conan the Barbarian being simply Conan, and other titles becoming Savage Sword of Conan and finally Conan the Savage. Over the past 40 plus years, these comic books have gone through many changes and re-structuring. Some have remained true to the original while others have focused more on current events while keeping their basic premise intact. These comic book series have proven to be very popular and continue to remain so.
One of the most interesting aspects of this long running comic is its long and storied history. For starters, Howard started the comic with a lead role and became known as Conan the Barbarian, a barbarian who uses the strength of his mind to fight demons and other wicked characters. While this was the basic concept, it soon evolved into much more with the development of various supporting characters. Some of these include: Arlen Bales, John Stockton, Mike Mchernerry, Terry Kroll, Richard Dean Anderson, and actor Ed Harris.
The Conan television series continued to entertain viewers long after the comic series ended. The movie franchise, while not very long, did become quite popular. Starring in the series were such famous characters as Jason Gann, Christopher Walken, and Emmet Otter. The success of the television series spawned various merchandise, which included games, films, and even a spinoff television series featuring another member of the cast, Michael Chiklis.
While the success of the comic series was tremendous, it also spawned a number of non-comics related items. Some of these items include an animated Conan film, a novel written by B.K. iami based on the comic book, and a game for the Game Boy Advance. The Adventure Of Conan also received a movie of its own titled Conan The Barbarian.
One of the most enduring legends about the character is his relationship with King Conan. The two characters are often pictured sitting on a throne together, discussing the affairs of the world. In actuality, Conan had no personal connection to the king; he was just playing the role that was created for him by writer Robert E. Howard. Howard was a famous pulp magazine writer, who created the characters in his stories. Howard was a specialist in creating characters that were barbarian in nature, which helped to form the basis for future comic book and television series.
Conan's popularity didn't wane until the late nineteen eighties, when the comic book industry was experiencing a huge downturn. This was due to the rise of television and film adaptation of comic books. The Conan characters became popular amongst comic book readers, but their life was now somewhat short. This led to the characters becoming classic, rather than being fictional. Due to their lack of popularity Conan the Barbarian was forgotten about for a period of time.
Ever since the comic book industry has experienced a resurgence in popularity, and especially with the release of the movie, Conan The Barbarian has managed to remain a favourite among readers and fans. Several different artists have attempted to bring the characters back into the comic book world, but none have been successful. One of the most recent attempts was by DC comics, who released an ongoing series called Conan the Barbarian, in which the barbarian is starring as a main character. The first volume of the series lasted for twelve issues, before the series was cancelled. However, subsequent issues have remained consistent with the basic plot, though some of the characters and their relationships have changed.
There are several different versions of the character, who appeared throughout the history of the comic book industry, before he was reintroduced into the television world. Most of the early versions of the character were based around his childhood, when he was known as Conan the Hun. He was captured by the High Priests of Cuchulainn and turned into a warrior, fighting against their cruel practices. He was believed to be a son of Medivh, whom Medivh had killed. The image of Conan that we know today came from the stories told by Ireland's most famous storyteller, Dr. Seuss.