Tuesday, March 30, 2010

RED SONJA by Joe Jusko

My apologies Shon but I saw Joes drawing and could not wait to share with my blogger buddies

And Then There Was That Time

That Red Sonja tickled M.O.D.O.K.

Drawn by Ernie Chan. Yes, Ernie Chan.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Sonja-Thor tag team

So Queen Sonja #2 finally came out last week (or the week before, I forget) and I only just got around to reading it (and the last couple of issues of Conan). Great stuff.

The cover is another Luccio Parrillo masterpiece (though I'm not entirely sure what it has to do with the story).

The story is progressing...interestingly. I'm not sure how Norse gods ended up in Robert E Howard's universe, but who couldn't love a throwdown with Thor, Loki and Sonja? Although I've never seen Thor's hair in quite that color.

The Loki of this story seems a little too...manly, too. I've always seen him represented and imagined him as more of a scrawny malcontent, not a powerful scheming dissident. But it works for the story.

This version of Loki certainly has no problem with the ladies. Look at the top frame, especially the girl in the foreground on the right side - that's a page right out of the Peter M Hsu playbook (Elf Warrior, Quadrant, Gauntlet).

A smattering of RED !

When I was just an itty bitty boy my brother gave me a stack of comic books. The usual stuff was there Capes , cowls , webs and shields but one comic book stood out like a sore thumb. It was CONAN the barbarian # 24 introducing RED SONJA. I was captivated immediately...Sonja in the fountain CONAN cupping her chin about to move in and steal a kiss. The entire sequence left a lot to the imagination. From that moment on I knew that these types of comic books and others like them would be my reader's choice. Warriors and Warrior women. It took me to another time and place a different world. One like other 10 year old boys did not even know about. While they were all flipping baseball card I was having adventures. In my mind in my reading in my loose leaf comic books and yes even with a nice hefty branch to sub as a sword in the woods behind my house.
That one comic book opened up my mind and expanded my horizon's. I read I drew I went to art school to be a comic book artist ( I failed ) but at the end of the day I take comfort in knowing that all that reading about adverturer's and moral's and chivalry and value's just served to make me and other people just like me smarter and more understanding than most people.
I make no claims but I know we as fans....we just seem to care about things a little more than most. For me it was because of RED SONJA and CONAN.