SDCC 2010: Dark Horse Roundup: Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, and Savage Sword!

As you well know, I love me some Robert E. Howard. Love to climb up on a neighbor's roof in a loincloth with a stack of Conan comics and do some George Foreman grillin'. This weekend at SDCC, Dark Horse made a number of announcements relating to their sword and sandal titles, and I share them here with you. 

Earlier this year we learned that Conan's current ongoing Conan: The Cimmerian will end with issue #25. Writer Tim Truman and artist Tomas Giorello will then take on a King Conan mini-series. In addition, Roy Thomas and Mike Hawthorn will pave the way starting in November with 12-issue Conan: Road of Kings. Dark Horse released the above image–Doug Wheatley's cover for issue #1–as a hint at things to come. 

Robert E. Howard favorites like Conan, Kull, and Solomon Kane will appear alongside more obscure creations like Dark Agnes, El Borak, Bran Mak Morn and Sailor Steve Costigan in Savage Sword. The series of 80-page perfect bound comics will include both new and reprinted material and a host of extras. The anthology will offer stories from writers and artists like Paul Tobin, Wellinton Alves, Mark Finn, Tim Bradstreet, Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor Smith, Tim Conrad, Gil Kane, Esad Ribic, and more. It all starts in December. 

I am on it like flies on a day-old McMuffin. 

As for solo series, Kull gets a new writer in David Lapham this November. Gabriel Guzman (Predators) will the draw the story, an original tale called Kull: Hate Witch not based on any existing Howard stories or fragments. It does, however, sound like classic Kull, with the Atlantean exile in king squaring off against an ancient, world-breaking evil as well as some political cloak and dagger within his own kingdom. 

My personal favorite, Solomon Kane, rides out on his third modern adventure with an all new creative team in November. Sad to see Scott Allie and Mario Guevara go, but the new team of Bruce Jones and Rahsan Ekedal (Creepy, The Cleaners) is more than a little promising. Covers come courtesy of fantasy painter Gregory Manchess and Guy Davis. 

The barbarians are at the gate, and that's a good thing. 


  1. New Roy Thomas Conan?  sign me the hell up!

  2. By Crom! this news is good….

    it was a real let down when Kull did not end up ongoing…

    are Conans days of being a sell sword ending rapidly too rapidly? 

    A Howard anthology is super freakin cool. 

  3. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I’m pretty thrilled about the Savage Sword news. That’s gonna be my jam, fo sho. 

  4. I dropped Conan the Cimmerian about 4 or 5 issues ago, but I’m excited about more Kull, Soloman Kane and I’ll probably at least have to check out the Savage Sword anthology.