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  • New Red Sonja Trade paperback

    Does anyone know if DE will be releasing Red Sonja Vol 11? the last one I bought Vol 10 covered issues 56-60, and I know we are on comic issues 71 or 72 i think on the news stands. So will they put out another trade covering 61-65, then 66-70, and so on or have they stopped putting them out?

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    Assuming the 12 issues between #61 and 72 were monthly, this isn't too bad for the comic industry. That's only a year behind. Of course, DC and Marvel have hardcover/softcover programs, so that helps explain why sometimes it takes 18-24 months from the conclusion of the monthly issue to the trade paperback. On the other hand, the way things have been running for a lot of DE's limited series, by the time you see the final issue on the stands, the TPB is being solicited the same month for release two months later.

    That said, I'm sure all publishers track the relative sales of both monthly issues and trade collections to determine what the best release schedule is for particular titles. I know in the last year or two, trade paperback sales have begun to drop off from an earlier period of healthy growth (translation: there is a glut in the marketplace, with lots of discounting going on). This has to have affected some publishers and titles more than others. For the past half-dozen years we've slowly been spoiled by an "almost guaranteed" trade paperback release, which has led a lot of people to just confidently skip the monthly comic. Things might not be so "guaranteed" forever.
    DE pull list: Will Eisner's The Spirit: The Corpse Makers, ERB's The Greatest Adventure, Green Hornet '66 Meets The Spirit, PSP: Herokillers, KISS/Vampirella, Mighty Mouse

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    • #3
      yeah I no longer buy the monthly book, I wait for the trades. I had been getting the Hardback ones until they stopped those, now it looks like they will stop them all together. Dark Horse has conan GN listed for release all the way into may of 2013. Nothing for Red Sonja at all. I guess it has come to an end. That is sad for me

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      • #4
        so I just checked amazon and saw where DE has a release date for the atlantis rising TPB for april of 2013, yet still nothing for the Red Sonja She devil with a sword vol 11. Idk what to think.

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        • #5
          You can quit your worrying because RS TPB vol 11 Echoes of War is listed in DE's June 2013 solicitations.

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          • #6
            just make sure you read all the stories of red sonja by eric trautman. good stuff my friend!

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            • #7
              Here you go. Reprinting issues #61-66. Nice cover, I must say.

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              DE pull list: Will Eisner's The Spirit: The Corpse Makers, ERB's The Greatest Adventure, Green Hornet '66 Meets The Spirit, PSP: Herokillers, KISS/Vampirella, Mighty Mouse

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              • #8
                Originally posted by positronic View Post
                Here you go. Reprinting issues #61-66. Nice cover, I must say.

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                Oh, hey. Lookit that.

                Thanks!

                -E

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                • #9
                  The olde seadogge just might buy # 11 just for the cover. Very nice indeed. In view of the time period Eric is working with, between her tragedy and the siege of Makkalet, this does a very nice job of catching the young Sonja. Most sources say that Red was just 17 when she was raped, and in 'Day of the Sword' she says that she has been looking for the man that did it (the guy tied up) for 5 years. That makes her only 22. She must have been one very capable warrior and leader indeed for the king of Pah Disha to choose her to lead his soldiers on that so-called relief expedition. True, her real job was as a thief, but her cover was commanding a sizeable contingent of hardened troops going into a desperate combat situation, something she could not have pulled off unless she had the goods.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Olde Sonja Fan View Post
                    Most sources say that Red was just 17 when she was raped
                    Now that I think about it, it's amazing that Marvel was able to get away with this in a CCA-approved color comic in the 1970s. Or was it just in the black and white magazines, and the color comics only made vague references?
                    DE pull list: Will Eisner's The Spirit: The Corpse Makers, ERB's The Greatest Adventure, Green Hornet '66 Meets The Spirit, PSP: Herokillers, KISS/Vampirella, Mighty Mouse

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by positronic View Post
                      Now that I think about it, it's amazing that Marvel was able to get away with this in a CCA-approved color comic in the 1970s. Or was it just in the black and white magazines, and the color comics only made vague references?
                      "The Day of the Sword" was first published in Kull and the Barabarians # 3 then reprinted in Savage Sword # 78 with Dick Giordano redoing the art. Both titles were B&W. Any references in the color comics were general in nature.

                      In terms of the age reference, 17 is what is found in various online sources, including Wickpedia - thus the DE character page. The story itself says only that she was "of less than twenty years", so at most she was 19. Still makes for a very young age (22-23) to be commanding a force of troops at Makkalet.

                      Ont thing in that story that has never made sense to me is the reference to, "But the mere lifting of her father's unwieldy blade seemed beyond her strength..." A longsword, which is depicted, weighs no more than 5-6 pounds - and that is considered heavy. It is no more difficult to use than a baseball bat, though to be effective takes training and practice. I have a couple, and have been trained in their use, so know first hand. Even a greatsword (not an anti-personnel weapon, BTW) weighs in at only 15-20. Any healthy farm girl would be able to lift either of those weights readily, and at a lot younger than her teen years.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by positronic View Post
                        Now that I think about it, it's amazing that Marvel was able to get away with this in a CCA-approved color comic in the 1970s. Or was it just in the black and white magazines, and the color comics only made vague references?
                        "the savage sword of conan" was not a magazine that needed a CCA seal

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