Red Sonja was a warlike woman who used to live in a Harbour era, a Marvel Comics’s and Dynamite Entertainment’s comic character. The image of Red Sonja was first created by the American comics creator Roy Thomas and an artist Barry Windsor-Smith.
The name Red Sonja was taken from Robert E. Howard narrative, the main character of which was also named precisely as Red Sonya (in the case of Roy Thomas the letter Y turned into J). In the aforementioned short novel, it is referred to Cossacks fighting with Turkish domination and its main female character was a Ukrainian Cossack-girl accordingly. The main character is originally from Rogatin as well as her main competitress and sister Roksolana, who is a real historical character and sultan Suleyman’s wife so far.
Speaking about the Roy Thomas hero, he created an archetypic image of a warrior woman in a jacketed bikini who became both an example to follow and a figure of fun and mockery. It is also twice told that Roy Thomas chose another red-haired female character Agnes de Castillo by Robert Hogward as Sonja’s prototype.
Paradox Company owning Hogwards legacy rights in 2007 put the matter of paternity rights point-blank. Paradox brought Red Sonja LLC’s case to court for using the name of Hogwards book hero. The case ended with the settlement agreement, upon which Paradox recognized the right of its competitors for trading name Red Sonja.
Sonja first appeared in Marvel comics as a secondary character in 1973. Later on, Marvel launched series of comics about Sonja itself. In 2005 Marvel sold a license for the edition of a graphic novel about Sonja to Dynamite Entertainment, which launched its extensive range of cartoons about the hero.Eventually, Dynamite Entertainment was given a Diamond Comics Distributors award as the best publishing house.
Irrespective of being a 90’s kid or an 80’s kid, comics have been an integral part of every kid’s life. In fact, why only say a kid? Even for many adults, comics are a source of joy. No stream of media could ever replace the exhilaration that comics make you experience. Surely, every chronic comic fan will agree to the following list of top 5 comics of all time.
Writer/Artist: Art Spiegelman
It is not just a “one comic you need to read before you die” sort of comic, it is an artistic expressional experience that one needs to go through in a lifetime. This Holocaust comic based on the life of Vladek, Spiegelman’s father, a Polish Jew, survivor of a concentration camp. Maus gains its laurels as it portrays all characters as animals. The Jews are characterized as mice, the most disgraced of the food chain and the Germans, their hunters as cats, the British as Dolphins and Americans as Dogs.
2. Watchmen (DC/Vertigo)
Writer: Alan Moore
Artist: Dave Gibbons
If you have watched Watchmen, the movie in 2009 and not read the comic, you have disgraced yourself. This 1986 DC comic attempts to take superheroes and subject them to usual moral afflictions of humans. The story begins with a superhero, The Comedian thrown off from a window and leads to finding the causes behind.
3. Sandman (DC/Vertigo)
Writer: Neil Gaiman
In an era where comics were hidden under the pillows, Gaiman’s Sandman brought out a revolution that led to acceptance of comics as mainstream media. It is the story of Morpheus, the god of dreams, who with his collection of siblings known as The Endless, travels around the dimensions and time periods to find the relationship between human and reality.
4. The Dark Knight Returns (DC Entertainment)
Writer/Artist: Frank Miller
Batman was subjected to sheer injustice on the TV in the 60s. Frank Miller finally promised to give Batman his aura back and gave birth to Bruce Wayne again. Wayne in his 50’s retired from his Batman days, is forced to wear his cape on as a new gang, The Mutants, tear Gotham City apart.
5. Preacher (DC/Vertigo)
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Steve Dillon
Introducing Jesse Custer, a Preacher, known to be the most dangerous and blasphemous character of the Vertigo world. Jesse is possessed by a creature, Genesis, who kills everyone in his congregation and give Jesse unnatural powers, the ones that God’s rivals own.