Drawn Swords: An Unauthorized Exploration of Red Sonja and the Artists Who Brought Her to Life

Matthew Stephen Sunrich
Special foreword by fan-favorite Red Sonja writer Nancy A. Collins.

Softcover, 322 pages • ISBN: 978-0-692-90328-5

Hasslein Books

Since her debut in Marvel's Conan the Barbarian during the early years of the Bronze Age of Comics, Red Sonja, the scarlet-maned She-Devil with a Sword, has gone on to become the undisputed queen of sword and sorcery. She has hacked and slashed her way through more than 300 comic books to date—a number which continues to grow in the pages of Dynamite Entertainment's various series. Here we explore her adventures and how they relate to other comics, as well as novels, television programs, and films, and examine the work of the myriad artists whose pens and pencils gave her the breath of life.

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Novelist Chris A. Jackson:

I received a review copy of this book, and even though I'm not a huge fan of comics in general, I found it an amazing read. I love history, and this is the definitive history of Red Sonja, from the very first, to the most recent revival. Well written, inclusive, and exhausting in detail, if you want a review of virtually every major element of the Red Sonja comic, give this a read. Sunrich knows his comics, and doesn't hold back. Well done indeed!

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Patrick Hayes, SciFiPulse:

A must have book for fans of Red Sonja and comics. The analysis of the stories is great and the information on the contributors to the comics invaluable. I have a stronger appreciation for this character I already loved and I’m inspired to dig out some back issues and start reading.


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