Marvel Comics will release a Conan the Barbarian #1 (Fascimile Edition) into comic book stores on December 1.

It's been over fifty years since writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith combined forces to create a comic adaptation of Robert E. Howard's iconic character, Conan the Barbarian.  Conan the Barbarian #1 hit shelves in October of 1970, and featured one of the most iconic covers in all Marvel Comics' history.  The cover depicts Conan protecting a maiden in peril while he fends off winged demons with a spear in one hand and a sword in the other.

The original comic tells the story of how a Conan and an Aesir raiding party invaded Vanaheim.  This impromptu invasion would result in an adventure where Conan encounters the winged demons, a dark temple, and the Star-Stone.  This book featured the first appearances of Conan the Barbarian, Tara, and Crom (invoked) as well as a cameo appearance of King Kull.

Like other Bronze Age comics (see "First Appearance of Ghost Rider"), the original issue of Conan the Barbarian #1 has been climbing in value.  A CGC 9.4 copy, with white pages, sold via eBay on September 20 reached a price tag of $2,499.99 plus shipping.  A similar 9.4 sale was recorded in June 2021 at $2,100, according to GoCollect, which represents a 14% jump in a few months.  With a new Conan live action series in development for Netflix (see "'Conan' Live Action Series In Development"), this facsimile edition gives new readers a chance to experience the first issue of Conan the Barbarian without a hefty price tag.

Conan the Barbarian #1 (Fascimile Edition) will retail for $3.99.

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