Friday, August 14, 2015

Sword and Sorcery Week! The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Big Red!

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! After Conan, Red Sonja was the most popular barbarian warrior in Marvel's stable. Though she only headlined twenty-two issues of her own during the Groovy Age (Marvel Feature Vol. 2, issues 1-7, Red Sonja numbers 1-15, August 1975-February 1979), she popped up in a few issues of Conan, in back-ups in Savage Sword of Conan and Marvel Super Special, and even had her own fan club! Most remember Frank Thorne's eloquent art because he drew the majority of the comics--and their covers--but there were a few other talented pencil-pushers who drew either covers or interiors for Big Red, among them Gil Kane, John Buscema, and Frank Brunner! We're gonna dig on Ol' Groove's fave covers from M.F. and R.S., featuring the work of Kane, Thorne, and Brunner! Bet you'll dig 'em, too!

Hope you enjoyed Sword and Sorcery Week!


  1. Absolutely love the Brunner cover on RS #12.

  2. It don't get much groovier than a curvy redhead in a metal bikini.

    God, I miss the 70s.

  3. I must agree with Edo Bosnar about that cover for Red Sonja #12 being a nice Brunner cover. I liked it so much I had to look for a copy for myself at a collectors show this past year.

    Shane G.

  4. I hesitated to say anything, but the '70s Sonja would be regarded as a zaftig (fat) gal today. Curvy, yes, but a bit chunky. I doubt that today's artists would render her like that. More likely would be Adam Hughes' treatment of Wonder Woman: lean and muscular, but with curves in just the right places.

    Chris A.



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