The stories fell out of favor for a generation or two, but they were rediscovered during the Swinging Sixties. In 1966, heroic fantasy writers L. Sprague DeCamp and Lin Carter put them in chronological order, added additional materials, and published the series. Other authors added their own tales to the mythos, specializing in endings in which Conan ravishes the naked lady after rescuing her (the original stories kept Conan chaste).
The covers, often by Frank Frazetta, showed a nicely muscled Conan, but it was hard to find one that didn't also show a naked lady.
The stories inside had not a hint of bonding; women exist to be rescued and then either betray Conan or fall in love with him, and men exist to torture him.
But at least there was plenty of beefcake.