Ablaze Media is Trying to Publish Conan Comics Again in April 2020 Solicitations

Bleeding Cool reported on the attempts by Ablaze Media to publish European Conan comic books – where the work of Robert E Howard is in the public domain – in the USA, in far more lurid detail than the US adaptations ever go in for. In the US, the rights to publish Conan comics – and the trademark – is held by Conan Properties and currently licensed to Marvel Comics. But Ablaze tried to publish the Conan comics as The Cimmerian, evading the trademark issue and claiming that the specific stories the comics are based on are in the public domain in the US too.

Before the publication of the first issue, all listings were scrubbed from Diamond. No comment was given Bleeding Cool learned that Conan Properties had sent a legal cease and desist order. And Diamond is rather risk-averse when it comes to such things

Well, it now looks as if something has been arranged. Rather than calling the comic The Cimmerian, they are simply using the name of the story. In solicitations at least (though it still seems to be on the cover). But rather than going back to Queen Of The Black Coast, they are moving on to Red Nails. Here's the solicitation, and everything else Ablaze has for April 2020 solicitations. Will they have better luck this time?

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RED NAILS #1 CVR A CASSEGRAIN (MR)
(W) Regis Hautiere (A) Olivier Vatine (A/CA) Didier Cassegrain
Robert E. Howard's Conan is brought to life uncensored! Discover the true Conan, unrestrained, violent, and sexual. Read the story as he intended! In Red Nails, Conan finds himself in the Darfar region, whose territory is almost entirely covered by a huge forest. Here he pledges himself a mercenary, promising his sword to the highest bidder, fighting alongside fellow mercenary and fierce female warrior Valeria. After a clash against a terrible dragon, the two go to a strange fortified city, apparently deserted… but the duo will quickly discover that a civilization lives hidden inside, and that the citadel hides a heavy secret.
In Shops: Apr 15, 2020
SRP: $3.99

GUNG HO #5 CVR A CLARKE

GUNG HO #5 CVR A CLARKE

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(W) Benjamin Von Eckartsberg (A) Thomas von Kummant (CA) Daniel Clarke

The arrival of Tanaka and his beautiful (yet deadly) daughter Yuki to Fort Apache mark a new chapter in Gung-Ho.  Where the dangers outside threaten more and more every day. And rivalries inside exacerbate passions within, threatening the ability of the community to protect its own.

In Shops: Apr 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99
GUNG HO #5 CVR B IVANOVA

GUNG HO #5 CVR B IVANOVA

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(W) Benjamin Von Eckartsberg (A) Thomas von Kummant (CA) Eliza Ivanova

The arrival of Tanaka and his beautiful (yet deadly) daughter Yuki to Fort Apache mark a new chapter in Gung-Ho.  Where the dangers outside threaten more and more every day. And rivalries inside exacerbate passions within, threatening the ability of the community to protect its own.   Â

In Shops: Apr 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99
GUNG HO #5 CVR C CUMMINGS

GUNG HO #5 CVR C CUMMINGS

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(W) Benjamin Von Eckartsberg (A) Thomas von Kummant (CA) Steven Cummings

The arrival of Tanaka and his beautiful (yet deadly) daughter Yuki to Fort Apache mark a new chapter in Gung-Ho.  Where the dangers outside threaten more and more every day. And rivalries inside exacerbate passions within, threatening the ability of the community to protect its own.   Â

In Shops: Apr 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99
GUNG HO #5 CVR D KUMMANT

GUNG HO #5 CVR D KUMMANT

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(W) Benjamin Von Eckartsberg (A/CA) Thomas von Kummant

The arrival of Tanaka and his beautiful (yet deadly) daughter Yuki to Fort Apache mark a new chapter in Gung-Ho.  Where the dangers outside threaten more and more every day. And rivalries inside exacerbate passions within, threatening the ability of the community to protect its own.   Â

In Shops: Apr 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99
GUNG HO #5 CVR E 10 COPY VIRGIN CLARKE INCV

GUNG HO #5 CVR E 10 COPY VIRGIN CLARKE INCV

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(W) Benjamin Von Eckartsberg (A) Thomas von Kummant

The arrival of Tanaka and his beautiful (yet deadly) daughter Yuki to Fort Apache mark a new chapter in Gung-Ho.  Where the dangers outside threaten more and more every day. And rivalries inside exacerbate passions within, threatening the ability of the community to protect its own.   Â

In Shops: Apr 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99
KIDZ #4 CVR A CRISTOBOL (MR)

KIDZ #4 CVR A CRISTOBOL (MR)

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(W) Aurelien Ducoudray (A) Jocelyn Joret (CA) Esdras Cristobal

Brooks decides it's time to break out the heavy firearms. Ben, Polly, and Puffy go on a mission of their own that results in a sincere heart-to-heart… and the whole KIDZ crew takes a trip to the abandonded "Super Toyz" retail store for what should be a super fun time… but turns into something else entirely!

In Shops: Apr 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99
KIDZ #4 CVR B BAKER (MR)

KIDZ #4 CVR B BAKER (MR)

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(W) Aurelien Ducoudray (A) Jocelyn Joret (CA) Steve Baker

Brooks decides it's time to break out the heavy firearms. Ben, Polly, and Puffy go on a mission of their own that results in a sincere heart-to-heart… and the whole KIDZ crew takes a trip to the abandonded "Super Toyz" retail store for what should be a super fun time… but turns into something else entirely!

In Shops: Apr 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99
KIDZ #4 CVR C JORET JAWS PARODY (MR)

KIDZ #4 CVR C JORET JAWS PARODY (MR)

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(W) Aurelien Ducoudray (A/CA) Jocelyn Joret

Brooks decides it's time to break out the heavy firearms. Ben, Polly, and Puffy go on a mission of their own that results in a sincere heart-to-heart… and the whole KIDZ crew takes a trip to the abandonded "Super Toyz" retail store for what should be a super fun time… but turns into something else entirely!

In Shops: Apr 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99
KIDZ #4 CVR D SCOPPETTA

KIDZ #4 CVR D SCOPPETTA

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(W) Aurelien Ducoudray (A) Jocelyn Joret (CA) Andrea Scoppetta

Brooks decides it's time to break out the heavy firearms. Ben, Polly, and Puffy go on a mission of their own that results in a sincere heart-to-heart… and the whole KIDZ crew takes a trip to the abandonded "Super Toyz" retail store for what should be a super fun time… but turns into something else entirely!

In Shops: Apr 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99
KIDZ #4 10 COPY STRANGER THINGS PARODY FOIL INCV CVR

KIDZ #4 10 COPY STRANGER THINGS PARODY FOIL INCV CVR

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(W) Aurelien Ducoudray (A/CA) Jocelyn Joret

Brooks decides it's time to break out the heavy firearms. Ben, Polly, and Puffy go on a mission of their own that results in a sincere heart-to-heart… and the whole KIDZ crew takes a trip to the abandonded "Super Toyz" retail store for what should be a super fun time… but turns into something else entirely!

In Shops: Apr 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99
MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED #6 CVR A MIRKA ANDOLFO (MR)

MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED #6 CVR A MIRKA ANDOLFO (MR)

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(W) Mirka Andolfo (A/CA) Mirka Andolfo

Angelina is pregnant! And Damiano is, frankly, a bit terrified… What will happen to his dreams of rockstardom? How will he adjust to fatherhood? And, more importantly of all, will he still get laid?

In Shops: Apr 29, 2020
SRP: $3.99
MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED #6 CVR B CANGIALOSI (MR)

MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED #6 CVR B CANGIALOSI (MR)

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(W) Mirka Andolfo (A) Mirka Andolfo (CA) Ciro Cangialosi

Angelina is pregnant! And Damiano is, frankly, a bit terrified… What will happen to his dreams of rockstardom? How will he adjust to fatherhood? And, more importantly of all, will he still get laid?

In Shops: Apr 29, 2020
SRP: $3.99
MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED #6 CVR C BAGNOLI (MR)

MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED #6 CVR C BAGNOLI (MR)

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(W) Mirka Andolfo (A) Mirka Andolfo (CA) Gabriele Bagnoli

Angelina is pregnant! And Damiano is, frankly, a bit terrified… What will happen to his dreams of rockstardom? How will he adjust to fatherhood? And, more importantly of all, will he still get laid?

In Shops: Apr 29, 2020
SRP: $3.99
MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED #6 CVR D ANDOLFO POLAROID VAR (MR)

MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED #6 CVR D ANDOLFO POLAROID VAR (MR)

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(W) Mirka Andolfo (A/CA) Mirka Andolfo

Angelina is pregnant! And Damiano is, frankly, a bit terrified… What will happen to his dreams of rockstardom? How will he adjust to fatherhood? And, more importantly of all, will he still get laid?

In Shops: Apr 29, 2020
SRP: $3.99
MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED #6 CVR E 10 COPY ANDOLFO FOIL VAR (M

MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED #6 CVR E 10 COPY ANDOLFO FOIL VAR (M

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(W) Mirka Andolfo (A/CA) Mirka Andolfo

Angelina is pregnant! And Damiano is, frankly, a bit terrified… What will happen to his dreams of rockstardom? How will he adjust to fatherhood? And, more importantly of all, will he still get laid?

In Shops: Apr 29, 2020
SRP: $3.99
FRIDAY FOSTER COLLECTED HC

FRIDAY FOSTER COLLECTED HC

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(W) Jim Lawrence (A) Jorge Longaron, Gray Morrow

The Friday Foster comic strip is the story of a former nightclub "camera bunny" turned photographer's assistant turned fashion model.  With an innate inclination to help others and a natural beauty that makes her a magnet for men, Friday often finds herself in some very sticky situations and world-class adventures.  The strip is generally cited as the first mainstream (i.e. nationally syndicated) comic strip starring a black character in the title role and features a mixture of adventure and romance, often with social commentary thrown in for good measure. The strip ran from 1970-1974.

In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
SRP: $39.99

 

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