A Red Sonja Cover Gallery II:
The Companions of Red Sonja

This is the next installment in the Red Sonja themed cover galleries, continuing from the first gallery. Below, we present a gallery of ten selected covers from various comic books, which feature Red Sonja in the company of assorted companions. Although she hailed from a world with relatively primitive technology, through the aid of magic (none of it her own) Sonja routinely traveled through time and hopped between universes to join forces with a variety of allies.


  • title: Conan the Barbarian (1970)
  • publisher: Marvel
  • cover artist: Jim Lee
  • writer: Roy Thomas
  • artists: Gary Hartle & Mike DeCarlo
  • issue: #242 of 275
  • release date: March, 1991
  • story: They Came To Castle Zukala
  • commentary: The early comic book appearances of Red Sonja occurred in Conan books, both Conan the Barbarian and The Savage Sword of Conan. Both characters were created by R.E. Howard and Conan remains the character with whom Red Sonja is best associated. Of note, Red Sonja became a separate intellectual property from Conan as part of the 1985 Red Sonja movie, which then featured Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as Conan from Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Conan the Destroyer (1984) under the alias Kalidor.


  • title: Kull and the Barbarians (1975)
  • publisher: Marvel
  • cover artist: Michael Whelan
  • writer: Doug Moench & Roy Thomas
  • artists: Vincente Alcazar, Howard Chaykin, Alan Weiss & Pablo Marcos
  • issue: #3 of 3
  • release date: September, 1975
  • format: magazine
  • interior color: black and white
  • story: "The Day of the Sword"
  • commentary: Along with Conan and Red Sonja, Kull and Solomon Kane were creations of R.E. Howard. This magazine issue contains three stories, one for each of Red Sonja, Kull and Solomon Kane. The stories do not overlap.

    This cover is the only issue of Kull and the Barbarians to be featured on this site. This is also the only cover by Michael Whelan included in these galleries.


  • title: Red Sonja & Tarzan (2018)
  • publisher: Dynamite
  • cover artist: Jim Balent
  • writer: Gail Simone
  • artist: Walter Geovani
  • issue: #1 of 6
  • release date: May, 2018
  • cover: Forbidden Planet Comics / Jet-Pack Comics
  • commentary: The first Tarzan novel, Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs was published in 1912, twenty-two years before the appearance of Red Sonja. However, there are many comic book readers who are fans of the writing of both R.E. Howard and Burroughs. That they should meet for the first time in 2018 seemed long overdue. The featured cover to the first issue is a virgin variant by Jim Balent and was a shared exclusive to Forbidden Planet Comics & Jet-Pack Comics.

    We have featured various covers by Jim Balent in other galleries with themes including
    • Companions: #3
    • Snow: #3
    • Skeletons: #4
    • Animals: #3
    • Dinosaurs: #7
    • 2021: #2


  • title: Vampirella & Red Sonja (2019)
  • publisher: Dynamite
  • cover artist: Inhyuk Lee
  • writer: Jordie Bellaire
  • artist: Drew Moss
  • issue: #1 of 12
  • release date: September, 2019
  • cover: Scott's Collectables
  • commentary: Vampirella was created by Forrest J. Ackerman and comic book artist Trina Robbins and first appeared in the horror comics magazine Vampirella #1 in 1969. As common licenses to Dynamite, Vampirella and Red Sonja have crossed paths previously in various short story arcs (e.g. Prophecy, Swords of Sorrow). This comic, in which Vampirella & Red Sonja takes first billing is the first longer-run title. The featured cover to the first issue is a virgin variant by Inhyuk Lee and was one of many exclusive covers, this one for Scott's Collectables.

    To our knowledge, this is the first cover by Inhyuk Lee featuring Red Sonja. Galleries on this site have featured covers by Inhyuk Lee, including those with themes of
    • Companions: #4
    • Unbreakable: #9
    • Red Sonja (2023): #4


  • title: Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica (2019)
  • publisher: Dynamite
  • cover artist: Laura Braga
  • writer: Amy Chu
  • artist: Maria Sanapo
  • issue: #6 of 12
  • cover: C variant
  • release date: October, 2019
  • commentary: Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge vied as rivals for the affections of Archie Andrews. Betty and Veronica first appeared in Pep Comics in 1941 and 1942 respectively. As two sides of a love triangle, Betty and Veronica had their own comic book Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica first published in 1950 and ran for 347 issues. In their team up with Red Sonja & Vampirella, Archie is a distant memory.


  • title: Spider-man & Red Sonja (2007)
  • publisher: Marvel & Dynamite
  • cover artist: Michael Turner
  • writer: Michael Avon Oeming
  • artist: Mel Rubi
  • issue: #2 of 5
  • cover: A cover
  • release date: November, 2007
  • commentary: Spider-man was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, first appearing in Amazing Fantasy #15 published in 1962. In this series, Peter Parker's girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson, channels Red Sonja, providing her a means to temporarily leave the Hyborian Age.

    We have featured various covers by Michael Turner in galleries with themes including
    • Companions: #6
    • Serpents: #2
    • Kulan Gath: #2
    • Seduction: #9
    • 2007: #3
    • Dynamite Cross-overs: #8 & #9


  • title: Red Sonja & Claw: Devil's Hands (2006)
  • publisher: Wildstorm & Dynamite
  • cover artist: Jim Lee
  • writer: John Layman
  • artist: Andy Smith
  • issue: #2 of 4
  • cover: B variant
  • release date: June, 2006
  • commentary: Created by David Michelinie and Ernie Chan, Claw the Unconquered first appeared in a DC comic of the same name in 1975. Here he shared a four-issue run with Red Sonja, jointly published by Dynamite and the DC imprint, Wildstorm.


  • title: Witchblade & Red Sonja (2012)
  • publisher: Dynamite / Top Cow
  • cover artist: Alé Garza
  • writer: Doug Wagner
  • artist: Cezar Razek
  • issue: #5 of 5
  • cover: A cover
  • release date: July, 2012
  • commentary: Witchblade is a gauntlet-shaped artifact, which came into the possession of a New York City detective, Sara Pezzini. The series began in 1995 as a comic book series published by Top Cow Productions, an imprint of Image Comics. This five-issue arc was a joint publication between Dynamite and Top Cow.


  • title: Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja & Jungle Girl (2015)
  • publisher: Dynamite
  • cover artist: Jay Anacleto
  • writer: Marguerite Bennett
  • artist: Mirka Andolfo
  • issue: #3 of 3
  • cover: A cover
  • release date: 2015
  • commentary: Swords of Sorrow was a Dynamite cross-over event that included a six-issue main series connected to two three-issue arcs, a four-issue arc and five one-shots, that brought together numerous female heroines, including Red Sonja, Vampirella, Dejah Thoris (Princess of Mars), Irene Adler (Sherlock Holmes), Jennifer Blood, Jungle Girl, Chaos, Masquerade, Kato, Black Sparrow, Lady Zorro, Pantha, Jane Porter (Tarzan), Miss Fury & Lady Rawhide. In this cover to the final issue of one of the three-book arcs, Red Sonja and Jana Sky-Born (aka Jungle Girl) battle the Dynamite villainess, Lady Hel.


  • title: Pathfinder Worldscape (2016)
  • publisher: Dynamite
  • cover artist: Jonathan Lau
  • writer: Erik Mona
  • artist: Jonathan Lau
  • issue: #1 of 6
  • cover: Paizo Publishing
  • release date: October, 2016
  • commentary: Pathfinder (first published in 2009) is the only fantasy role-playing game ever to rival Dungeons and Dragons. Dynamite also releases comics in the Pathfinder world. In this six-issue arc, Red Sonja, Tarzan and a slew of Dynamite regulars are transported into the Worldscape, a demiplane of the Pathfinder universe. There they encounter the Pathfinder iconic heroes. Pictured here, with the silhouette of Red Sonja in the background, are Merisiel the Elven rogue, Kyra the Qadiran cleric, Seoni the Varisian sorceress and Valeros the Andoran fighter.

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