A Red Sonja Cover Gallery XL:
Thorne & Wilshire

This is the fortieth installment in our Red Sonja themed cover galleries, continuing from the first gallery. Below, we present ten selected covers from various comic books, featuring Red Sonja as envisioned by artists Frank Thorne & Mary Wilshire.

1

  • title: Marvel Feature presents Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword (1975)
  • publisher: Marvel
  • cover artist: Frank Thorne
  • writer: Roy Thomas
  • artist: Frank Thorne
  • issue: #7 of 7
  • release date: November, 1976
  • cover: A cover
  • episode: "The Battle of the Barbarians!"
  • commentary: Frank Thorne has drawn covers for Red Sonja in various series including Marvel Features (1975), Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword (1977) and Legends of Red Sonja (2013). He has also drawn Red Sonja when she appeared on covers of Conan books, including The Savage Sword of Conan (1974).

    Previous galleries of Red Sonja covers have featured several contributions from the artist Frank Thorne, including
    • Introduction: #2
    • Serpents: #1
    • Horsewoman: #1
    • Animals: #1 & #2
    • In Bondage: #1
    • Dinosaurs: #1
    • Animal People: #1 & #2
    • Demons: #4, #5, #6 & #7
    • 2014: #2
    • Overlooked Marvel Issues: #1
    • Dynamite Miniseries: #21 & #22
    • 2022: #16
    • Unplaced: #44


    Frank Thorne created covers for six of the seven (excluding the first) issues in the Marvel Feature Presents...Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword (1975). This was the first series featuring Red Sonja as the title character. Her other appearances had been in Conan books. On this cover, Conan pays a visit to her book!

2

  • title: Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword (1977)
  • publisher: Marvel
  • cover artist: Frank Thorne
  • writers: Ed Summer, Roy Thomas & Clara Noto
  • artist: Frank Thorne
  • issue: #1 of 15
  • release date: January, 1977
  • cover: A cover
  • episode: "The Blood of the Unicorn"
  • commentary: Frank Thorne was an interior artist for the first series titled, Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword (1977). He also created covers for the first eleven issues of the 15 issue run. This cover has been revisited by other artists including Mel Rubi.

3

  • title: Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword (1977)
  • publisher: Marvel
  • cover artist: Frank Thorne
  • writers: Roy Thomas and Clara Noto
  • artist: Frank Thorne
  • issue: #3 of 15
  • release date: May, 1977
  • cover: A cover
  • episode: "The Games of Gita"
  • commentary: Frank Thorne played an important role in the defining 1970's Marvel look of Red Sonja.

4

  • title: Legends of Red Sonja (2013)
  • publisher: Dynamite
  • cover artist: Frank Thorne
  • writers: Gail Simone, Mercedes Lackey & Marjorie M. Liu
  • artists: Jack Jadson, Nei Ruffino & Phil Noto
  • issue: #4 of 5
  • release date: February, 2014
  • cover: B variant
  • commentary: In the 2013 series, Legends of Red Sonja, Frank Thorne contributed variant covers to all five issues.

5

  • title: Legends of Red Sonja (2013)
  • publisher: Dynamite
  • cover artist: Frank Thorne
  • writers: Gail Simone, Blair Butler & Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • artists: Jack Jadson, Valentine & Jim Calafiore
  • issue: #5 of 5
  • release date: March, 2014
  • cover: B variant
  • commentary: To our knowledge, this is the last Red Sonja cover published by Frank Thorne, who at the time of writing is ninety years old.

6

  • title: Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword (1983)
  • publisher: Marvel
  • cover artist: Mary Wilshire
  • writer: Tom DeFalco
  • artists: Mary Wilshire and Nestor Redondo
  • issue: #2 of 13
  • release date: October, 1983
  • cover: A cover
  • episode: "Blood Debt"
  • commentary: Mary Wilshire has drawn covers for Red Sonja in various series including Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword (1983) and Red Sonja: The Movie (1985) and Conan the King (1980).

    Previous galleries of Red Sonja covers have featured several contributions from the artist Mary Wilshire, including
    • In Action: #1
    • Snow: #1
    • A Face: #2
    • Archery: #1
    • Demons: #8
    • Conan: #7
    • Overlooked Marvel Issues: #5 & #6

7

  • title: Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword (1983)
  • publisher: Marvel
  • cover artists: Mary Wilshire & Bill Sienkiewicz
  • writers: Louise Simonson & Mary Wilshire
  • artists: Mary Wilshire, Nestor Redondo, Rudy Nebres & Danny Bulanadi
  • issue: #03 of 13
  • release date: December, 1983
  • cover: A cover
  • episode: "Siege!"
  • commentary: Mary Wilshire drew interiors for the Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword (1983). (By way of clarification there was a two issue series titled Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword published in February and March in 1983. There was also a thirteen issue series with the same title that began in August, 1983.) In this series, Red Sonja traded in her scalemail armor for a blue tunic/leotard.

8

  • title: Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword (1983)
  • publisher: Marvel
  • cover artist: Mary Wilshire
  • writer: Tom DeFalco
  • artists: Mary Wilshire & Ernie Chan
  • issue: #04 of 13
  • release date: February, 1984
  • cover: A cover
  • episode: "Lassusar Must Die!"
  • commentary: Mary Wilshire's portrayal of Red Sonja more strongly presents our heroine as the "fiercest fighting female in fantasy" and less in the role of sex symbol.

9

  • title: Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword (1983)
  • publisher: Marvel
  • cover artists: Mary Wilshire & Tony Salmons
  • writer: Louise Simonson
  • artists: Mary Wilshire and Vince Colletta
  • issue: #12 of 13
  • release date: February, 1986
  • cover: A cover
  • episode: "Descent!"
  • commentary: The outfit of Mary Wilshire's Red Sonja has been revisited in Red Sonja's series Unchained, as shown in covers by Mel Rubi and Walter Geovani.

10

  • title: Red Sonja (1985)
  • publisher: Marvel
  • cover artist: Mary Wilshire
  • writers: Mary Wilshire & Louise Simonson
  • artists: Mary Wilshire & Vince Colletta
  • issue: #1 of 2
  • release date: November, 1985
  • episode: Adaptation of the 1985 Film "Red Sonja"
  • cover: A cover
  • commentary: The graphic adaptation of the 1985 Film "Red Sonja" was published in two formats. A single-issue magazine, appeared as issue #38 of the Marvel Comics Super Special (1977) in November, 1985. In the same month, a two issue comic book also appeared with the same interior content. The cover of the first issue of the comic and the magazine are similar in the positions of the figures, but the faces in this cover more closely resemble the actress, Briggitte Nielsen, who played an excellent Red Sonja, and Arnold Schwartzenegger, who played a Conan-like figure named, for licensing reasons, not Conan but Kalidor.

    We have featured covers from Red Sonja (1985) in galleries with themes including
    • Wilshire: #10
    • Overlooked Marvel Issues: #6

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