Marvel Has Permanently Killed Conan the Barbarian

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Savage Avengers member Conan the Barbarian is officially dead.

Previously in Savage Avengers, Thulsa Doom captured Conan, hoping to use his blood as part of a ritual to bring back Set, a powerful Elder God. Issue #4 of the series, by writer David Pepose, artist Carlos Magno, colorist Espen Grundetjern and letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, Doom offers Conan the chance to save himself from suffering at the hands of Set by turning him into the Elder God’s servant. Conan refuses, and the Savage Avengers along with the Cimmerians arrive to help the hero. In the end, though, Doom does successfully slit Conan’s throat, officially reviving Set.

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While the solicitation information for Savage Avengers #5 tease Conan’s story as not quite being done yet, the current arc is likely the Barbarian’s last for Marvel for the foreseeable future. In June, it was revealed that Titan Comics had gained the publishing rights to Conan the Barbarian from Marvel and would start publishing a new ongoing series featuring the character in May 2023. As such, Conan’s journeys in the Marvel Universe seem to be over for the time being.

Who Is Conan the Barbarian?

Prior to joining Marvel’s lineup, Conan the Barbarian was a popular fantasy hero created by Robert E. Howard. The hero’s adventures have been adapted to the big-screen on several occasions, with Arnold Schwarzenegger playing the character in both 1982’s Conan the Barbarian and 1984’s Conan the Destroyer, which have since their releases become cult classics. Jason Momoa also played the character in an eponymous 2011 film, which the actor recently described as “a big pile of ***.”

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In terms of the hero’s comic book history, Conan first appeared in 1970’s Conan the Barbarian #1, which was published by Marvel Comics. Dark Horse later acquired the rights to the character and published titles with him in them for more than a decade. Marvel regained the rights to Conan in 2018. Little is known about Titan Comics’ upcoming Conan the Barbarian series at the time of writing. No creative team has of yet been announced for the title.

Savage Avengers #4 is on sale now from Marvel Comics. The issue features a main cover from Leinil Francis Yu and Sunny Gho. The next issue of the series, Savage Avengers #5, hits shelves on Sept. 14.

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