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The Bronze Age of Comic Books is an informal name for a period in the history of mainstream American comic books usually said to run from 1970 to 1985. The beginning of the Bronze Age coincided with the end of the careers of many of the veteran writers and artists of the time and their replacement with a younger generation of editors and creators. At the same time, publishers began the era by scaling back on their super-hero publications, cancelling many of the weaker-selling titles, and experimenting with other genres such as horror and sword-and-sorcery. In 1970, Marvel published the first comic book issue of pulp character Conan the Barbarian. Conan’s success as a comic hero resulted in adaptations of other characters of Robert E. Howard: Kull, Red Sonja, Solomon Kane.

Red Sonja

Growing up I read Robert E. Howard‘s Conan novels (the ones with the Frazetta covers) with zeal.  Imagine my delight when Marvel introduced Red Sonja, the She-Devil with…