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RED SONJA IN AN "ART EDITION"

The cover of the first issue of Legends of Red Sonja is inspired by a rendering from Frank Thorne, whose supple pen brought the dime-bikini’d “she-devil with a sword” to vivid life when Marvel issued the first series of books with her as the title character in the mid-1970s. Inside this Legends issue, Dynamite Comics touts an “art edition” (12x17 inches) of Thorne’s Red Sonja, which gives me the excuse to post a copy of Thorne’s memorable cover here.

RedSonja

Much as I admire Thorne’s work (and I do, passionately), I won’t be springing for Dynamite’s book: “art editions” are “color” reproductions in black-and-white of the artist’s original art, and while they are as close to original art as our printing technology can achieve, they aren’t actually the original art. And the two that I glommed onto are disappointments. While all the blemishes and corrections and faint pencil imagery are present — as they are in the original art — the glint and feel of ink on paper is missing. And maybe that’s the heart of it for me. It’s my own eccentricity, I admit. And multitudes do not share it. For them, more about the Dynamite offering is available at dynamite.com.

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