Ablaze Publishing has reached an agreement with Conan Properties International that will allow it to publish U.S. editions of the Glénat bande dessinée series The Cimmerian, ICv2 has learned.  The Glenat series adapts Robert E. Howard Conan stories originally published in Weird Tales into comic stories that Ablaze describes as "the true Conan... unrestrained, violent, and sexual... just as Robert E. Howard intended" (see "Ablaze To Publish ‘Uncensored’ Conan Comics").

Distribution of the first title in the series was halted in August after Conan Properties issued a Cease and Desist notice to Diamond Comic Distributors (see "Diamond Stops Taking Orders on ‘The Cimmerian: Queen of Black Coast’").  As a result of the new agreement between Ablaze and Conan Properties, the two issues of The Cimmerian: Queen of the Black Coast will be distributed by Diamond in March, and The Cimmerian: Red Nails will launch in April.

Retailers will be able to adjust orders on The Cimmerian: Queen of the Black Coast #1 and #2, and to show appreciation to retailers for their support, Ablaze will offer its 10-copy incentive covers, originally priced at $3.99, free with purchase as part of the order adjustment process.  In addition to the incentive covers, there are four open order covers for each issue.

Diamond will solicit for The Cimmerian: Red Nails #1, the first issue of the second story in the series, for April release.

Click Gallery below for covers for Ablaze’s The Cimmerian comics!