Growing up I used to read Robert E. Howard‘s Conan novels (the ones with the Frazetta covers) with zeal, so I was delighted to discover Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword.  After all, she was ranked first in Comics Buyer’s Guide‘s “100 Sexiest Women in Comics” list. The character, a fantasy sword and sorcery heroine created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith was loosely based on Red Sonya of Rogatino in Robert E. Howard’s 1934 short story “The Shadow of the Vulture.” She first appeared in the Marvel Comics book Conan the Barbarian #23 (February 1973).

Red Sonja has become the archetypical example of the fantasy figure, a fierce and stunningly beautiful female barbarian who typically wears armor resembling a bikini or lingerie.

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