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I really like Frank Thorne's later work. Besides the focus on battling babes, Thorne has a graphic design quality that is unique and flavorful. His comic book claim to fame really began with his Red Sonja treatment, moving on to Ghita and others. I'll come back to Thorne's work on a later post, but in the meantime some flavorful comic pinups:
Below, an assemblage of Sonjas. Beginning on the left with Robert E. Howard's original character, envisioned by Roy Krenkel, from a different setting than when Barry Smith (with Roy Thomas) brought her to Conan's saga—and then was fully developed (ahem!) by Frank Thorne.
Krenkel's is great as always, but the original character wore a mail shirt like the Smith version, as well as a bassinet, cloak, coat and sash. Not to mention she had two pistols. Still, it's a lovely idea. Maybe he was going for "what if Howard's Red Sonya was put into the Hyborian Age instead of Red Sonja," or something along those lines.
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