Titan Comics has scored the rights to fantasy author Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian and other characters. Titan is working with Heroic Signatures on a co-publishing venture for comics, graphic novels, and remastered archives that include Marvel’s previously published omnibuses.
The new line will begin with a Conan the Barbarian ongoing series that will start in May 2023 as part of Titan’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Multiple miniseries are also in development, featuring Howard’s many heroes.
Titan’s book division already has a plan in place for Conan novels, short stories, and illustrated art books. The Heroic Signatures line begins in the fall of 2022 in conjunction with the character’s 90th anniversary. The novel Conan: Blood of the Serpent will be in stores on October 18, and Conan the Barbarian: The Official Story of the Film, a behind the scenes retrospective book, arrives on November 1.
“We have been working with Titan for a year on the prose side and established a good foundation for expanding our business together. When it became clear that Heroic Signatures would publish our own comics it was natural to partner with a team that we have known for decades. Their expertise in publishing is stellar and we couldn’t be more excited to launch a barbarian horde of titles like Conan, Solomon Kane, Dark Agnes, and many more together,” Heroic Signatures President Fredrik Malmberg said.
“Following on from the Conan fiction and illustrated books Titan Books is publishing this year with Heroic Signatures, we are very excited to be extending our relationship with our longstanding colleagues, Fred and Jay and their incredible team, to include comics, graphic novels and archive editions through Titan Comics, for all the Robert E. Howard properties which we will be launching in 2023.” Titan Comics and Titan Books co-Publishers Vivian Cheung and Nick Landau said.