Conan the Barbarian is moving back to Marvel.

The character – created by Robert E. Howard – will appear in new books published by Marvel Comics from January 2019. Jason Aaron is on board as the writer, with Mahmud Asrar providing the art, Matt Wilson colouring and Esad Ribic handling the covers.

In a statement, Jason Aaron, said:

“I’ve literally been preparing for this job since I was 13 and discovered my first Robert E. Howard Conan paperback in a used bookstore in my little hometown of Jasper, Alabama.

“I devoured every Howard book I could find after that, and I’ve been making up Conan stories in my head ever since. Now I finally get to do that for real, alongside the amazing Mahmud Asrar. So this opportunity means an awful lot to me, and I’m cherishing every blood-splattered, spider-haunted second of it.”

Conan last appeared in the pages of Marvel Comics back in 2000, having originally featured in Marvel stories way back in 1970. In 2003, the character moved to Dark Horse Comics where he has remained until this year.

The move to Marvel is of course great news for Marvel fans, but perhaps not so great for Dark Horse readers. This is yet another high profile property to leave Dark Horse in recent times, including Star Wars and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian issue #1 arrives in stores in the New Year.