Conan the Barbarian was a staple of Marvel Comics from 1970 to 2000, drawn by legendary artists such as John Buscema, Neal Adams and, perhaps most memorably, Barry Windsor-Smith.

Now, after almost two decades, the character, created by Robert E. Howard as a sword-and-sandals pulp magazine hero in the 1930s, is returning to Marvel, the publisher and Conan Properties International announced Friday.

The change is expected to take effect in 2019.

"A legendary lineup of amazing artists brought Conan to life in the pages of Marvel comics,” C.B. Cebulski, the recently minted editor-in-chief of Marvel, said in comments provided by the publisher. “It's a legacy we're now going to live up to with the talent we have lined up for the Cimmerian barbarian's homecoming in early 2019. We’re excited!”

The licensed property is the second Marvel has seized back from Dark Horse Comics in the past decade. In 2015, the "Star Wars" license reverted to Marvel after nearly three decades at Dark Horse, a by-product of Disney's ownership of both Marvel and Lucasfilm. Dark Horse also publishes Mike Mignola's Hellboy comics.

Conan can currently be seen in a crossover miniseries with DC Comics' Wonder Woman by Gail Simone, Matt Ryan and Aaron Lopresti.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Marvel and look forward to the new adventures in store for Conan,” said Fredrik Malmberg, president of Conan Properties International. “As the most well-known and creative publisher in the industry, we think Marvel is a great fit for our stories.”

Details on upcoming titles, collections, reprints and creative teams will be shared at a later date, Marvel said in a statement.

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