Savage Tales (Red Sonja) Cover Gallery
Dynamite Entertainment’s Savage Tales (2007) Features Red Sonja Covers Filled with Good Ol’ Golden-Age Tropes
Dynamite Entertainment has published titles in the sword & sorcery and sci-fi genres which feature memorable covers for a large portion of the series. One need only think of Dynamite’s Edgar Rice Burroughs’ properties, i.e. John Carter, Warlord of Mars and Dejah Thoris comics.
Sometimes the outstanding covers last for the entire series – as in the case of Dynamite’s 2007 Savage Tales, which features Red Sonja, who first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Conan the Barbarian #23 in February 1973. Although writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith are credited with her creation, Red Sonja is partially based on Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya of Rogatino, a female swashbuckler who appeared in Howard’s 1934 short story “The Shadow of the Vulture.” Thomas created a new origin story for the character and transposed her to Howard’s Hyborian Age so she could interact with Conan the Barbarian for only a couple of issues — #23 & #24. The new character proved to be so popular that she was soon cast in stories of her own, starting with Marvel Feature #1 in November 1975.