sonja: The lady in red

De­spite many im­i­ta­tions, Red Sonja is Co­nan’s clos­est liv­ing rel­a­tive in the world of comics?

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From Kull, Ka-zar, Tarzan and Sláine, to He-Man and Bran Mak Morn, there have been many fic­tional sav­ages in comics. How­ever, Co­nan’s clos­est comic book rel­a­tive must be Red Sonja, also cre­ated by Robert E Howard. Red Sonja has been ren­dered by an ar­ray of artists, eas­ily adapt­ing from Co­nan to draw­ing the red­head in bikini ar­mour, and vice versa.

“They live in the same pe­riod and they could even share ad­ven­tures,” says Ser­gio Dav­ila. “I’ve had a great time draw­ing her. She’s a war­rior and not a typ­i­cal girl who needs help or needs to be res­cued – she’s the one res­cu­ing you.”

DOU­BLE THE FUN When a fan asked Pablo Mar­cos to il­lus­trate two of his sig­na­ture char­ac­ters to­gether, he drew this for the commission.

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