Comic News: Red Sonja #1973 Celebrates Iconic Heroin’s History

Dynamite Entertainment announced a brand new one-shot, Red Sonja #1973 which will celebrate the sword-wielding heroine’s rich history. The “She-Devil with a Sword” is getting new contributions from those that defined her since her 1973 debut including Roy Thomas, Gail Simone, Luke Lieberman, and Eric Trautmann, all of who will be joined by first-time Sonja writer Cullen Bunn and artists Dave Acosta and Rich Buckler.

Roy Thomas, the first writer to ever script the adventures and spoken words of Red Sonja, reflects on the long legacy of the character, “It’s been very gratifying to me to witness the popularity of Red Sonja over the past four decades. It was a lucky day when I read a fan-article about Robert E. Howard that mentioned a story in which one of his historical heroes fought alongside a “Russian hell-cat” or whatever precisely the phrase was (her name wasn’t mentioned in the article), so that I obtained a copy of the long out-of-print story from the estate’s literary agent, Glenn Lord, and read it: ‘The Shadow of the Vulture.’ Red Sonya of Rogatine clearly had possibilities as a sometime companion/opponent for Conan in Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian comic, so I changed her name to the (to me) slightly more exotic Red Sonja, thereby making her a somewhat new character and adapted ‘Shadow’ as an issue of Conan. From that time on, she had a life of her own. Barry Windsor-Smith was inspired to do great things with her in the two Conan issues we did together in which she co-starred. Esteban Maroto, over in Spain, couldn’t resist giving her a different look, which came to be called ‘the iron bikini’ after I decided that should be what she wore from then on. John Buscema and Howard Chaykin did a handful of nice stories with her. Frank Thorne came aboard to virtually make her his own. And that was just in the 1970s! I suspect Red Sonja will be around for a long, long time!”

Red Sonja #1973 is currently set for a July release.

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