Friday, April 14, 2023

Conan the Barbarian Comics

     I recently discussed my visit to a local comic shop.  As a follow up, I saw an advertisement for a new Conan the Barbarian comic series.  The art drew me in, and when I realized Marvel no longer had the license for Conan, I took that as a very good thing.

     I grew up reading the old black and white Conan the Barbarian magazines.  Well I read them when I could, my parents didn't think they were appropriate so I had to sneak them in, I've since collected the compiled TPB's of many of them and have a solid collection of Conan materials including the earlier Marvel comics Conan series.  

     Not to turn this into an anti-Marvel rant, but as I alluded to in an earlier post, modern era Marvel just doesn't work for me, and I was very disappointed in the more recent Marvel Conan stories/art etc.. just a missed opportunity.  I suppose I am not Marvel's target audience anymore.

However, now that Titan Comics has the Conan license I am most intrigued.  I mean just look at the teaser art for the upcoming series!

These really capture the classic look and vibe that I associate with Conan!  I will definitely be looking into this series when it releases.  
So you may ask what does this have to do with gaming?  Great question and I have a ready answer! I see this sort of content as perfect gaming inspiration for a Hyperborea Campaign!  Sadly, due to work and life stuff I have not had a chance to run a true Hyperborea (formerly Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea) Campaign. BUT, it is on my to do list. Now with a new Conan comic series, in the hands of a publisher that seems to be wanting to get Conan back to his roots, I'll have even more inspiration and source material for my games.  


  1. I'm looking forward to this, too. It's always nice to get a fresh perspective. And I like the art I've seen.

    1. Hey Narmer! Thanks for dropping in! Here's hoping it meets or even exceeds our expectations!!