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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!

Jose Gonzalez’s Iconic Vampirella Honored with Statue on Kickstarter

Dynamite Entertainment has launched a Kickstarter for a breathtaking Vampirella statue based on art by arguably the definitive artist for the character – José “Pepe” González! Fans can preorder their statues now at a limited time value and check out other extras available in the campaign!

This definitive piece that belongs in every Vampi fan’s collection in this hallmark year for the macabre icon. The high-quality resin sculpt is produced at 1/6 scale and stands 12.5 inches tall supported by a 5.5 inches wide base of her iconic bat logo. Steve Kiwus sculpted the piece, translating it from the legendary González image.

Vampirella first appeared in an eponymous magazine put out by Warren Publishing. Debuting as a simple horror anthology hostess in the vein of peers Uncle Creepy, Cousin Eerie and the Crypt-Keeper, she exploded in popularity and fans demanded fleshed out stories. Legendary writers and artists contributed to Vampi’s history making creation. Godfather of horror and sci-fi fandom Forrest J. Ackerman came up with the concept, then underground comix legend and Wonder Woman artist Trina Robbins designed the costume, for a first cover by fantasy painting master Frank Frazetta and an interior story by Ghost Rider artist Tom Sutton.

The depth of her stories really expanded with writer/editor Archie Goodwin (Batman, Iron Manand José González. The two introduced major supporting characters like Adam Van Helsing and Pendragon. González wowed readers with his jaw-dropping art utilizing unparalleled detail and ink washes, pushing the boundaries of the black and white magazine format. His frontispiece illustrations and occasional covers further cemented his legacy as he contributed to nearly every issue of the decades long Warren run.

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

Other reward options and add-ons include a specially curated selection of graphic novels, art books that will perfectly complement the González and Warren era statue and enamel pins.

Also available are deluxe hardcover Vampirella Archives, an impressive 15 volume library that reprints all 112 issues of the Warren magazine restored to the highest quality. Fans can get the first five volumes together, which represent the most critically acclaimed era of González art and writer collaborators, or go all in on the entire set. That’s over 5,000 pages!

Sheena Swings into Fans’ Collections With J. Scott Campbell Statue

Dynamite this July 2019 is releasing a drop-dead gorgeous statue of Sheena the Jungle Queen, based on the equally impressive cover art by J. Scott Campbell.

Sculpted by Steve Kiwus, the piece stands 10.5 inches tall on a 7.5 inches sturdy base – coming out to 1/6 scale. Sheena is cast in high quality resin with hand painted details including her leopard print tunic and the vine-covered logs. 

Sheena’s historical importance cannot be overstated. Created way back in 1937 by the legends Will Eisner and Jerry Iger, the Queen of the Jungle served as the flagship character of major Golden Age publisher Fiction House. In her stories and across their line, female characters were aplenty and often depicted as capable and heroic rather than damsels. All the while behind the scenes, several early women artists were illustrating these tales like Lily Renée, Ruth Atkinson and Fran Hopper. In addition to good girl art legend Matt Baker. Sheena broke boundaries by being the first female character to have their own self-titled comic book!

Joseph Michael Linsner’s Dawn Costume Variant Edition Statue is Out this Week

JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER’S DAWN COSTUME VARIANT EDITION

artist: Steve Kiwus (sculptor), Joseph Michael Linsner (art)

Intro: $249.99 | Teen+

Dawn, the goddess of rebirth, has been one of the most enduring characters in independent comics since her creation by artist, Joseph Michael Linsner, in the late 1980s. With sculpting by RVCKVS International, and continued guidance from her creator, Dynamite has spared no detail in bringing this iconic comic book idol to life.

JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER’S DAWN COSTUME VARIANT EDITION

Joseph Michael Linsner’s Dawn Statue Out this Week!

Joseph Michael Linsner’s Dawn Statue

artist: Steve Kiwus (sculptor), Joseph Michael Linsner (art)
FC | 12.5” x 3.75” | $189.99 | Teen+

Dawn, the goddess of rebirth, has been one of the most enduring characters in independent comics since her creation by artist, Joseph Michael Linsner, in the late 1980s. With sculpting by RVCKVS International, and continued guidance from her creator, Dynamite has spared no detail in bringing this iconic comic book idol to life.

Joseph Michael Linsner’s Dawn Statue
Joseph Michael Linsner’s Dawn Statue
Joseph Michael Linsner’s Dawn Statue
Joseph Michael Linsner’s Dawn Statue

Women of Dynamite Dejah Thoris J. Scott Campbell Inspired Diorama Black & White Edition Statue

WOMEN OF DYNAMITE DEJAH THORIS J. SCOTT CAMPBELL INSPIRED DIORAMA BLACK & WHITE EDITION STATUE

artist: Steve Kiwus (sculptor), J. Scott Campbell (art)

FC | 8.75” x 9” x 6.5” | $249.99 | Teen +

Only 199 of these beautiful black-and-white statues exist in the whole world! Sculpted by Steve Kiwis of Rvckvs International, the Women of Dynamite: Dejah Thoris Diorama Statue is inspired by Campbell’s cover to the seminal 2010 Warlord of Mars #1 comic book. Measuring approximately 8.75” in height, with a base measuring 9” by 6.5”, this cold-cast resin statue comes with gold-colored micro-link metal chain details. This highly-detailed masterpiece in three dimensions ships in a full-color display box with a Certificate of Authenticity, individually numbered as part of a limited edition run.

NOTE: Limited to only 199 statues. Allocations may occur.