|Published Dec 15th 2010|
The project marks the 40th anniversary of the first "Conan" comic book. Thomas said although he is writing the character using different standards than when he first began, he has been given "carte blanche" with the project.
"After (Dark Horse) took (‘Conan') over, the publisher suggested a year of comics," Thomas said. "It is an episodic story, with the first six issues being one story, about 120 pages or so.
"Why should that come to an end after 12 issues?"
Thomas said Conan, created by Robert Howard in the 1930s, was a pulp-fiction hero who became more popular when the stories were published in paperback in 1965 and 1966.
"The artwork was done by the same artist who had done art for (Tarzan creator) Edgar Rice Burroughs," Thomas said. "I collected them because of the covers.
"I was associated with (Marvel Comics publisher) Stan Lee at the time. Our readers were writing us and asking, ‘Why don't you get the rights to that?' We didn't do it at first because we thought it would be too expensive.
"I was able to talk them into it because they liked the idea of exposing the Conan character to a new audience. It worked out well."