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Conan Invades Dark Horse

Dark Horse Comics President Mike Richardson has announced a new, ongoing, monthly series featuring Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian in all-new stories. The deal also includes some new adaptations of original Howard Conan stories.

"I am very honored and excited to bring this classic character back to the comics world," said Richardson. "We will be working closely with Fredrik Malmberg of Conan properties to ensure the highest quality stories and art to do this legendary character justice."

Conan originally debuted as "Conan the Cimmerian" in the 1930's but Howard's character soon grew in popularity. The character remains a classic in the sword-and-sorcery genre and works involving Conan have appeared in books, comic books, movies and television. Arnold Schwarzenegger played the character in two films -- Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer. Since both films began and ended with footage of Conan the King sitting on his throne (the stories were told in flashback), there have long been rumors of at least one more film to show how Conan became king, but nothing has come together yet. New rumors of a Conan film have been surfacing in recent months but no indication has been made as to who would play the lead.

"Conan has been a major comics franchise for many years," said Malmberg. "Dark Horse was our number one choice when we looked for a new licensee and we are extremely pleased with the creative approach they are planning."

The Dark Horse Conan series will launch mid 2003.