For all the Conan related material out there, it is difficult to imagine that there is only one complete Conan novel. Most of what we think of as the cannon of Conan comes from Howard’s short stories. Now Dark Horse Comics and Tim Truman are adapting The Hour of the Dragon, an almost-two-hundred page story about Conan during his reign as King of Aquilonia.
“During Conan’s reign as King of Aquilonia, a group of conspirators plot to depose him in favor of Valerius, heir to Conan’s predecessor Numedides, whom he had slain to gain the throne. To accomplish this they resort to necromancy, resurrecting Xaltotun, an ancient sorcerer from the pre-Hyborian empire of Acheron. With his aid the Aquilonian army is defeated by that of the rival kingdom of Nemedia and occupied. Conan, captured, is slated for execution until the sympathetic slave girl Zenobia risks her life to free him. Conan’s quest to retrieve the Heart of Ahriman in order to defeat the wizard and regain his throne takes him through all the lands of Hyboria. After his eventual triumph he vows to make Zenobia his queen.”
The comic adaptation will be split between two six-issue mini-series. The first, King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon goes on sale May 29th. The second mini-series, King Conan: The Conqueror, starts in February of 2014.