Conan draws his ‘Savage Sword’ again in February

Gerry Duggan and Ron Garney headline the return of ‘Savage Sword of Conan.”

Conan the Barbarian won’t be the only new Conan title coming out from Marvel next year. The publisher announced at New York Comic Con the return of Savage Sword of Conan, by Gerry Duggan, Ron Garney and Richard Isanove.

“My first job was in 7th grade, working part-time at a comics shop that needed help going through their inventory,” Duggan told Marvel.com. “I fell in love with the classic Conan material that year. To be able to play in this sandbox now is a dream come true.”

Savage Sword of Conan‘s original run went from 1974 through 1995, showcasing a different style of adventure for Robert E. Howard’s most famous creation. It was a black-and-white, magazine-format comic, larger than the normal comics issue. Because it was a magazine and not a comic, it didn’t have to conform to the Comics Code Authority, meaning they could get away with a lot more than they could in the standard Conan the Barbarian title. It featured the work of Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, Dick Giordano, Barry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom, Pablo Marcos, Alex Niño and Walter Simonson.

“To be able to be paired with Ron Garney on art and Richard Isanove on colors is just outstanding. It would be hard to say that this is Ron’s best work, but it’s true. I think when people see it they’re really gonna freak out,” Duggan said. “And Richard is gonna paint the hell out of it. We’re all Conan fans, and somehow we’re being paid to do this. Because I’d pay for this honor! I’m the luckiest guy in the world with assignments and collaborators.”

Check out the first issue’s cover below by Alex Ross:

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