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Conan Free Comic Book Day Issue Arrives May 6th, 2023


(November 15, 2022) – Global publisher Titan Comics and entertainment studio Heroic Signatures are delighted to reveal that the newest Conan the Barbarian comics will be debuting as part of Free Comic Book Day in 2023!

This FCBD edition of Conan the Barbarian (available at comic book retailers on May 6, 2023) kicks off the brand-new ongoing comic, beginning July 2023. Conan the Barbarian will be written by acclaimed and long-time Conan comic book scribe Jim Zub (Thunderbolts, Uncanny Avengers), and will feature the stunning art of Roberto De La Torre (King-Size Conan, Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D) and colorist José Villarrubia (Promethea, Sweet Tooth, Cuba: My Revolution).

Readers will experience the legendary Conan like never before in this comic shop exclusive primer. On the eve of his first major battle, young Conan of Cimmeria pictures a life beyond the borders of his homeland and yearns for a life undreamt of in his small village. Visions of future allies and unspeakable evils he will eventually encounter throughout his fabled career fill his mind as he takes his first fateful steps toward a life of great adventure in the Hyborian Age!

Writer Jim Zub says, “My life was shaped by sword & sorcery stories, especially the work of Robert E. Howard. Every chance I’ve had to contribute to the Hyborian Age has been a gift and this one, relaunching Conan the Barbarian with Heroic Signatures and Titan Comics with modern masters Rob De La Torre and José Villarrubia collaborating on epic artwork, is the biggest and best present I could imagine.

On Free Comic Book Day we’ll give readers and retailers a first look at a young Conan in the legendary Battle at Venarium as he decides to set forth and find the wider world and then, in summer 2023, we’ll fully unleash epic high adventure in an age undreamed of. It’s going to be big, bold and bloody and I can’t wait for all of you to see it.”

New Conan Comic Series Creative Team Revealed!


Global publisher Titan Comics and entertainment studio Heroic Signatures are excited to reveal more details about their new co-publishing venture for Robert E. Howard’s most famous creation, Conan the Barbarian.

Launching in comic shops and digital devices in July 2023, the brand-new Conan the Barbarian ongoing comic series will be written by acclaimed and long-time Conan comic book scribe Jim Zub (Thunderbolts, Uncanny Avengers), and will feature the stunning art of Roberto De La Torre (King-Size Conan, Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D) and colorist José Villarrubia (Promethea, Sweet Tooth, Cuba: My Revolution). This will kick off a brand-new, exhilarating series of comics of characters from across the Conan and wider Robert E. Howard mythos!

Plus, hot on the heels of this exciting new comic series, Titan Comics and Heroic Signatures are proud to reveal that in Fall 2023, they will be continuing the hugely popular omnibus line – previously published by Marvel Comics – with the next instalment, Savage Sword of Conan Volume 9.

This all-new Conan the Barbarian comic series, set in the world of a classic hero, alongside re-mastered archives, will be sure to delight longtime collectors and new fans of the Conan franchise.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN is Back – May 2023!

When I co-wrote the Conan-Red Sonja mini-series back in 2015, I put my all into it because I thought that would be my one and only chance to write the original sword & sorcery legend.

When I co-wrote Conan in Avengers: No Road Home, I wrote it like it was my last chance.

When I wrote Conan: The Gambler in Savage Sword of Conan, I wrote it like it was my last chance.

When I wrote Conan: Serpent War, I wrote it like it was my last chance.

When I took over Conan the Barbarian at Marvel, again, I gave it my all and wrote it like it was my last chance.

(You’re noticing a pattern here.)

Now, as announced at the SDCC Conan panel, I’m the flagship writer on Titan’s new CONAN THE BARBARIAN series with a Free Comic Book Day story and first issue arriving May 2023.

I’m still giving it everything I’ve got. Get ready for something special.

Announcement art by Rob de La Torre.

Conan the Barbarian #25 Reviews

AIPT: 8.5/10 “Conan the Barbarian #25 is an entertaining collection with clever ideas and entertaining action.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “Not only does this issue prove Conan’s staying power in the Marvel Universe, but it honestly makes the best argument yet for him to get some sort of anthology book.”

Comic Book Resources: “Zub clearly has fun here and understands how to use high concepts without losing sight of the fantasy setting. For their part, Smith is an efficient storyteller and Poggi’s sharp, defined inks enhance the weight of the action. Silva’s colors further distinguish the scenes, with an early double-page splash standing out as a particular highlight.”

Comic Crusaders: 10/10 “For those who have been on the ride since the first issue and for people like myself who have been in and out of this series periodically, Conan The Barbarian #300 is a treat unlike any other on stands.”

Comic Watch: 9.6/10 “…a decent anniversary issue that pays a lot of homage to stories past.”

Comical Opinions: 9.5/10 “…one of the strongest and most entertaining Anniversary Anthologies in recent memory. There’s not a weak short story in the bunch, and each entry has a unique perspective to offer on the creation of Robert E. Howard. Conan fans will be very happy with this issue.”

Infinity Flux: “Whether you’ve been reading Conan or not, this is just a good one to grab.”

Kabooooom: 8/10 “…a worthy anniversary issue, offering an introduction to the Cimmerian hero for those who might need one and more epically illustrated tales of high adventure for those who know him already. If sword-and-sorcery be to your liking, make haste for the nearest comic shop and claim your copy today!”

Until Our Stories End

Conan the Barbarian #300 arrives today at your favorite comic shop. Sure, the current numbering says ‘#25’, but in my heart every series follows original numbering, because that ongoing legacy is one of the many reasons why working on these series is such a thrill.

Having 12 out of the 13 issues of this run on a dream title be released during a pandemic has been bittersweet. I wanted to celebrate with fans and friends out on the road, to travel and chat about what this character means to me and how much work I put into making sure each story felt pulpy and old school even as I tried to bring unexpected little turns to classic concepts. Promoting the issues in person wasn’t possible, but the heartfelt messages from fans online have been much appreciated.

Our whole creative team did an incredible job, starting with Rogê Antônio, then Robert Gill and Luca Pizzari, and finally syncing it all up with Cory Smith and Roberto Poggi for the latter half. Erik Gist and Geoff Shaw turned in bombastic covers worthy of the Hyborian Age, Israel Silva provided moody colors, Travis Lanham lettered it all sharply, and our editors Mark Basso, Martin Biro, Shannon Ballesteros, Martin Biro, and Lauren Amauro kept the whole thing running. Each of them worked incredibly hard and I’m so grateful to see these journeys brought to life thanks to their efforts.

Until Our Stories End, my story in Conan #300, is a short and pointed tale about the uncertainty of the future. It seems relevant without anchoring it to this absolute point in time. Cory, Rob, Israel, and Travis pulled out all the stops and made it one for the ages.

Getting to write new stories for one of the biggest and most well-known characters in sword & sorcery has been a dream. These Days of High Adventure have been a salve for me in troubled times. I hope they are for you as well.

I also hope it’s not the last time I get to be a bard for our barbarian but, whatever happens next, I’m so damn happy it happened at all.

Thank you for reading.
Jim

Conan the Barbarian #24 Reviews

Comic Book.com: “All in all, this proves to be a good Conan story—and with the 300th issue right around the corner, we’re hopefully right on the cusp of a great one.”

Comic Crusaders: 8/10 “I am appreciative of the welcoming nature that Zub’s Conan has, as to where I can drop off on an issue and come back years later and find a story that will eventually entertain and maybe even a storyline that I can latch on to, as I will certainly be on the lookout for the next landmark issue.”

Comic Watch: 10/10 “Jim Zub is writing tales in the spirit of Robert E. Howard. I really like the narrator aspect of Conan the Barbarian #24. While Cory Smith’s artwork shows us the perils of sailing the ocean, the narrator word balloons elevate the story giving it an epic-ness.”

Talking About Conan With Nerd Caliber

I spoke to Nerd Caliber all about writing Conan the Barbarian – inspirations, conflict, pulp fantasy, and more. Check it out!

Marvel Zub Comics Arriving September 2021


CONAN THE BARBARIAN #25 (Legacy #300)
Story by JIM ZUB, CHRISTOPHER PRIEST, LARRY HAMA, and DAN SLOTT
Art by CORY SMITH, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, PAUL DAVIDSON, and MARCOS MARTIN
Cover by GEOFF SHAW
Variant Cover by DANIEL ACUÑA
Variant Cover by KEVIN EASTMAN
Variant Cover by PEACH MOMOKO
Variant Cover by MR. GARCIN
Variant Cover by DAN PANOSIAN
Hidden Gem Variant Cover by ALEX TOTH
BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
ON-SALE 09/08/21

CELEBRATING 300 ISSUES OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN…AND THE RETURN OF BÊLIT!

By Crom and Mitra, it’s been 300 issues since Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith first brought the Barbarian to comics in 1970’s CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1! CONAN’s oversized 300th-issue spectacular kicks off with Jim Zub and Cory Smith’s ongoing saga, as we return to Conan’s much-lauded days sailing with the queen of the seas herself, BÊLIT! But – past, present and future will collide in ways unexpected and strange!

Sharpen your blade for three additional, all-new tales from across Conan history! Dan Slott enters the Hyborian Age with Marcos Martín, for an untold NIGHT OF OBLIVION from Conan’s thieving days. Larry Hama and Christopher Priest at last return to the saga with their own new stories — from a hotheaded young barbarian in battle to an aged KING CONAN, who must defend his kingdom from the re-emergence of WRAARL, the DEVOURER OF SOULS!
40 PGS./Parental Advisory …$4.99
© 2021 Conan Properties International LLC

AVENGERS: TECH-ON AVENGERS #2 (OF 6)

JIM ZUB (W) • CHAMBA (A) • Cover by EIICHI SHIMIZU
Variant Cover by PEACH MOMOKO
ON-SALE 09/08/21

The Avengers encounter Venom in Yokohama, but he’s supersized, super charged and out of control!

Can Tony Stark’s untested “Do Hatsu” mode upgrade turn the tide, or is this the beginning of the end?

AVENGERS: TECH-ON AVENGERS is a sentai-inspired action-adventure series produced in partnership with Bandai Namco of Japan, written by Jim Zub (Uncanny Avengers, Champions) and illustrated by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Venom: The End, Street Fighter)!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

CONAN THE BARBARIAN BY JIM ZUB VOL. 2: LAND OF THE LOTUS TPB

Written by Jim Zub with Christopher Priest, Larry Hama & Dan Slott
Penciled by Cory Smith with Roberto de La Torre, Marcos Martin and PAUL DAVIDSON
Cover by GEOFF SHAW
ON SALE 11/10/21

It will take more than chains to keep a Cimmerian down! Conan’s march to Khitai has landed him as a prisoner of the imperial guard. He plans his escape, but what dreaded beasts lurk in this strange land — and what new dangers will impede his quest to return the deadly Tooth of the Nightstar to its rightful master? Conan has a new comrade, but is Meiwei everything she seems? Heng the Insurgent and his roving band of thieves hide a dark secret, and Conan must fight for his life against the bandit king’s deadly power! Will the barbarian have what it takes to survive the land of Khitai — even if it costs his very soul?

Also featuring tales celebrating 300 issues of CONAN THE BARBARIAN at Marvel, exploring the past and future of Conan! Collecting CONAN THE BARBARIAN (2019) #19-25.
168 PGS./Parental Advisory …$19.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-92096-8
Trim size: 6-5/8 x 10-3/16

This September: CONAN THE BARBARIAN #300!


In September:
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #300

I’ve always wanted to be part of one of these big anniversary issues and now, finally, I get to write the lead story on one of my absolute favorites.

Conan and Bêlit in a harrowing adventure like no other! Pre-order now, Hyborians. It’s going to be EPIC!


CELEBRATING 300 ISSUES OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN…AND THE RETURN OF BÊLIT!

By Crom and Mitra, it’s been 300 issues since Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith first brought the Barbarian to comics in 1970’s CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1! CONAN’s oversized 300th-issue spectacular kicks off with Jim Zub and Cory Smith’s ongoing saga, as we return to Conan’s much-lauded days sailing with the queen of the seas herself, BÊLIT! But – past, present and future will collide in ways unexpected and strange!

Second Interview With Perch

I spoke to Perch and Joe Corallo again (here’s a link to our first chat), this time about sword & sorcery, old school comics, Conan the Barbarian, superhero stories, co-writing, social media and more. We cover quite a bit again in this interview. Check it out.