Red Sonja No. 12


Red Sonja was first introduced in 1973 within Marvel Comics popular adaptation of author Robert E. Howard's fantasy hero Conan the Barbarian. After headlining a story arc in the comic Marvel Feature the fire haired heroine was given her own comic in 1977.

Marvel's Red Sonja, the "she-devil with a sword," is loosely inspired by "Red Sonya of Rogatino," a character introduced by Howard in his story The Shadow of the Vulture. Unlike Howard's creation, Marvel's Sonja resides in the same "sword and sorcery" milieu as Conan, living as a mercenary and adventurer. Over the years, she has been the subject of numerous interpretations, including a 1985 film starring Bridgette Nielson.

Date Made: 1978

Maker: Marvel Comics

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

Subject: Comics, Fantasy

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Credit Line: Gift of George R. Zug

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.3039.299Nonaccession Number: 2013.3039Catalog Number: 2013.3039.299

Object Name: comic book

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6 3/4 in x 10 1/4 in; x 17.145 cm x 26.035 cm


Record Id: nmah_1450198

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