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Red Sonja Frank Thorne Statue Launches on Indiegogo

The She-Devil with a Sword strikes on Indiegogo! Bring the legendary heroine Red Sonja into your collection with a high quality 1/6 scale resin collectible statue, produced by Dynamite, and now the feature of their very first major preorder campaign on Indiegogo. Sonja’s striking looks, fearsome pose and deadly weaponry in this piece are inspired by her first truly definitive artist, Frank Thorne! Pledge now to preorder the statue and check out other extras in the campaign for more value!

Thorne’s definitive style is brought into the third dimension and your collection in this 1/6 scale collectible statue sculpted and painted lovingly based on the cover to Marvel Feature #4. The Steve Kiwus sculpted piece stands a stunning 12.5 inches tall and features Sonja in a classic pose.

Through her nearly 50 year history, many artists have left their mark on the She-Devil with a Sword. Arguably none have impacted the heroine quite like Frank Thorne. His clean lines, fluid action and slight hint of eroticism on Red Sonja catapulted the character from a supporting footnote in Hyrkanian lore to a worldwide fan-favorite solo star. Through his judging of “Lookalike Contests” in his “Wizard” persona at early conventions, Thorne and Sonja fans even contributed to the rise of cosplay! 

After contributing for a few years to western, war and mystery anthologies, Frank Thorne’s popularity exploded when he was handed the artistic reigns of everyone’s favorite Hyrkanian hero. Across barely a three year run, his Red Sonja work cemented him as one of the most treasured and respected artists of the era. Thorne then opted to venture into more independent and risque waters, with his creations the barbarienne Ghita of Alizarr, the Barbarella-esque Lann and other characters for such prestigious publications as Heavy Metal and Playboy.

The statue is also available in black and white and “berzerker” editions and backers can even upgrade to get a limited edition marked and numbered Proof edition.

Backers can choose from a myriad of captivating rewards, to complement the centerpiece statue or to support the campaign at their chosen budget. A selection of graphic novels have been chosen that reprint or represent the Frank Thorne era of Sonja, particularly in the Adventures and Further Adventures of Red Sonja collections. Or go big with the three-volume Red Sonja by Frank Thorne Artist Editions, reproducing his peerless original art at original size. Deluxe hardcover art books are also available to wonder at the artwork produced through the years. And don’t forget the cute Frank Thorne Red Sonja enamel pins!

Red Sonja Pint Glasses, Out Now

Red Sonja Pint Glasses

Art: Frank Thorne
$19.99

Let Red Sonja quench your thirst for action! Enjoy a tall glass o’ ale (or another preferred beverage, if you’re not a Hyrkanian warrior) in official Women of Dynamite Glassware. These two (2) sturdy pint glasses celebrate vintage images of the She-Devil with a Sword, as she appeared on the covers to Marvel Feature #4 (1975) and Red Sonja #1 (1977), both as illustrated by acclaimed fantasy artist Frank Thorne! Featuring the ever-classic Red Sonja logo on the back of each glass, this two-piece set ships in a protective case. Knock one back and have an adventure!

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Red Sonja 45th Anniversary Foil Trading Card Box, Out Now

Red Sonja 45th Anniversary Foil Trading Card Box

artists: J. Scott Campbell, Frank Thorne, Walter Simonson, Amanda Conner, John Buscema, Fiona Staples, Jenny Frison, Jay Anacleto, Juan Doe, Mike McKone, Amy Reeder, Lucio Parrillo, Art Baltazar, Anthony Marques, Guiseppe Camuncoli, Stephanie Buscema, Dick Giordano, Jonboy Meyers, Mel Rubi, Joseph Michael Linsner, more
2.5” x 3.5” | Individual, 7-card foil pack: $89.99 | Teen+
2.5” x 3.5” | Box of 12 foil packs: $1,079.88 | Teen+

A Deluxe-Premiere set featuring a select group of Red Sonja’s most renowned artists portraying the “She-Devil with a Sword” in all of her savage, majestic beauty! This set includes an 18 card base set, PLUS Dynamite chase cards that include: 6 autographed cards, 3 B&W art cards, 9-card puzzle cards, 2-box-topper special cards, special bonus chase cards, and hand-drawn, original art, signed sketch cards!

Every autographed card featuring a color ink or ultra-rare, gold ink signature!

Every individual foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 sketch cards, 1 B&W art card, 1 puzzle card, and 1 autographed card.

Every specially designed, 4-color box includes 12 foil packs.

Preview: Further Adventures of Red Sonja Vol.1

Further Adventures of Red Sonja Vol.1

writer: Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, Doug Moench, Clair Noto, Frank Thorne, Christie Marx, Charles Dixon, James Owsley, Bruce Jones, Peter B. Gillis, Jim Valentino, Sue Flaxman, Marie Javins, Steve Buccellato
artists: Frank Thorne, E.R. Cruz, Estaban Maroto, Howard Chaykin, Dick Giordano, Terry Austin, John Buscema, Pablo Marcos, Tony DeZuniga, Barry Smith, Ernie Chan, Neal Adams, Geof Isherwood, Luke McDonnell, Armando Gil, Bruce Jones, Steven Carr, Gary Kwapisz, Josef Rubinstein, Gavin Curtis, Keith Williams, Alfredo Alcala, Del Barras, Reggie Jones, Kirk Etienne, Howard Simpson, Rober Quijano
cover: Frank Thorne
FC | 200+ pages | $19.99 | Teen+

Featuring a collection of issues from the original Marvel Comics series “The Savage Sword of Conan,” with each page painstakingly re-mastered for this volume! Plus, Sonja Tales from Kull and the Barbarians, as well as pin-ups!

Preview: Red Sonja 2017 Calendar

Red Sonja 2017 Calendar

Rating: Teen+
Cover: Jim Lee
Art: Jim Lee, Frank Thorne, Joe Jusko, Alex Ross, Frank Cho, Estrban Maroto, Greg Land, Joseph Michael Linsner, David Mack, Marc Silvestri, Michael Turner, Mel Rubi, and more
$14.99

Even during the winter months, Red Sonja is no ice queen… she’s a She-Devil! Fiery in spirit, skilled in combat, lusty and bawdy in her revelry, the crimson-tressed heroine looks gorgeous and grand throughout every month of the 2017 wall calendar. Proudly display these powerful portrayals of the fan-favorite swordswoman, courtesy of the artistic talent of of Frank Cho, Joe Jusko, Greg Land, Jim Lee, Joseph Michael Linsner, Davie Mack, Esteban Maroto, Alex Ross, Marc Silvestri, Frank Thorne, Michael Turner, Mel Rubi, and more!

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Preview: Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja: Art Edition Vol. 3

Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja: Art Edition Vol. 3

Roy Thomas, Clara Noto (w)
Frank Thorne (a/c)
FC • 104 pages • $150.00 • Teen+

The third and final volume in Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja Art Edition line dedicated to fantasy illustration’s shining star, Frank Thorne! The defining She-Devil artist shares his original storyboards from the issue #7 through #11 of the acclaimed 1970’s Red Sonja comic book series. Scanned in high-resolution color and printed at original size, this gorgeous hardcover collection preserves every detail of the artist’s meticulous skill and hard work, while simultaneously presenting a complete storyline for all to enjoy. Limited to initial orders ONLY.

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Preview: Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition Vol. 2

Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition Vol. 2

Roy Thomas, Clara Noto, Wendy Pini (w)
Frank Thorne (a/c)
FC • 128 pages • $150.00 • Teen+

Celebrate fantasy illustration’s shining star with Frank Thorne’s second Red Sonja Art Edition! The consummate She-Devil artist shares his original storyboards from the first six issues of the acclaimed 1977 Red Sonja comic book series. Scanned in high-resolution color and printed at original size, this gorgeous hardcover collection preserves every detail of the artist’s meticulous skill and hard work, while simultaneously presenting a complete storyline for all to enjoy. Limited to initial orders ONLY.

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Review: Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition Volume 2

FrankThorneArtEdVol2-CoverOne of the most unexpected but also well-deserving trends in recent years is to have anthologies which focus on the works of artists from older comics.  Such anthologies have been fairly common for a long time which have focused on writers, but all too often the artists of these bygone years are all but ignored.  In all fairness this has been primarily an initiative of the independent’s and this collection of Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja take a look back at this iconic character and the artwork which helped to establish her.

This collection looks at Thorne’s run on the character between 1976 and 1979, a time when even the less stringent fantasy genre that Red Sonja was still seen as a bit risque, being both a barbarian and wearing a chainmail bikini.  Of course the stories herein are what one would expect from the silver age, but those that only see the stories are missing the point.  This is not an attempt to recycle stories which had their chance, rather this a celebration of the artist and his place in comic history.  In truth the stories are not even that bad, they simply read as a little simplistic, if not as painfully outdated as what is often found in the golden age.  That having been said, one of the most interesting aspects of this volume (as with many others) is the introduction, which gives a bit of history while also putting the character and creator in context of the medium.

This volume will of course not be for everyone.  Instead it for those interested in the history of the medium as opposed to simply reading the modern age as it progresses.  It is indeed a nice addition to any library of comic history and a deserving one.  When one looks to the strong female characters as they are developing in some cases in the modern day, it is important to remember that their roots go far deeper, to a time when female characters were not possible at all to lead a series, let alone any discussion about an accurate representation.

Story: Roy Thomas and Clara Noto Art: Franke Thorne
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Read (or Buy)

Dynamite provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

Preview: Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition HC

FRANK THORNE’S RED SONJA ART EDITION HC – SIGNED BY FRANK THORNE

Roy Thomas, Bruce Jones (w)
Frank Thorne (a/c)
FC • 120 pages • $300.00 • Teen+

Limited to 500 SIGNED copies! Celebrate the seminal work of legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Thorne with this gorgeous hardcover collection, presenting for the first time the actual storyboard artwork from his complete 1976 run of swords-and-sorcery icon Red Sonja appearances in the Marvel Feature comic book series. Scanned in high-resolution color and printed at original size, Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition preserves every detail of the artist’s meticulous skill and hard work, while simultaneously presenting a complete storyline for the enjoyment of longtime She-Devil fans. Available with a tip-in sheet signed by Frank Thorne!

Celebrate the seminal work of legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Thorne with this gorgeous hardcover collection, presenting for the first time the actual storyboard artwork from his complete 1976 run of swords-and-sorcery icon Red Sonja appearances in the Marvel Feature comic book series. Scanned in high-resolution color and printed at original size, Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition preserves every detail of the artist’s meticulous skill and hard work, while simultaneously presenting a complete storyline for the enjoyment of longtime She-Devil fans. limited to INITIAL orders ONLY!

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Preview: Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition HC

FRANK THORNE’S RED SONJA ART EDITION HC

Roy Thomas, Bruce Jones (w)
Frank Thorne (a/c)
FC • 120 pages • $150.00 • Teen+

Celebrate the seminal work of legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Thorne with this gorgeous hardcover collection, presenting for the first time the actual storyboard artwork from his complete 1976 run of swords-and-sorcery icon Red Sonja appearances in the Marvel Feature comic book series. Scanned in high-resolution color and printed at original size, Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition preserves every detail of the artist’s meticulous skill and hard work, while simultaneously presenting a complete storyline for the enjoyment of longtime She-Devil fans. limited to INITIAL orders ONLY!

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