Conan the Barbarian is a fictional character created by the fiction writer Robert E. Howard in 1932. The character first appeared in Weird Tales magazine in a series of stories written by Mr. Howard. Since then the character has been featured numerous times in comics, books, movies, television shows and more recently video games. The character has appeared in comic books steadily since 1970. The two main publishers of Conan comics are Marvel comics and Dark Horse comics. Marvel had Conan the Barbarian from 1970–1993 and Savage Sword of Conan from 1974–1995. Dark Horse had their Conan series in 2003 and is currently publishing compilations of the 1970s Marvel Comics series in trade paperback format.