Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tarzan's DC 100 Pagers

Over the decades, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan has worked at many comic book companies like Dell, Gold Key, Marvel, Dark Horse....but some of the greatest were at DC Comics.

Tarzan had issues at DC Comics from April, 1972 to February, 1977 (issues of Tarzan #207 to #258, continuing the numbering from the Gold Key/Western series), many of them with covers by comic book legend, Joe Kubert.  A few of the more highly looked for were a run from Tarzan #230 (April-May, 1974) to Tarzan #235 (February-March, 1975), with stories of Tarzan and more, all collected in 100 pages square bound specials!

Let's take a look at them!

Tarzan #230

April-May, 1974 brought us a 6 page Joe Kubert Tarzan story later titled "The Rescue Of The Fawn", a Korak (son of Tarzan) story by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert with inks by Russ Heath entitled "Leap Into Death", an article from the Washington Post about Edgar Rice Burroughs and "How I Wrote Tarzan Books", a run of panels from the Tarzan newspaper strips by Russ Manning, a reprint of Bomba the Jungle Boy #4 (March-April, 1968) by George Kashdan and Jack Sparling (with the title hero renamed Simba for the story), a Congo Bill story from Action Comics #145 (June, 1950) entitled "Mystery Of The Stolen Bell" by George Kashdan and Ed Smalle, the introduction of Bobo from Adventures Of Rex The Wonder Dog #4 (July-August, 1952) with "Meet Detective Chimp" by John Broome, Carmine Infantino and Sy Barry, and a new Carson of Venus story by Mike Kaluta called "Into The Noobolian Valley" to round out the issue.

Tarzan #231

The cover date of June-July, 1974 saw Joe Kubert start the adaptation of Burroughs' "Tarzan and The Lion Man", Congo Bill faces "Safaris For Sale" reprinted from Action Comics #174 (November, 1952) by Jack Miller and Ed Smalle, Russ Manning newspaper reprints with Tarzan facing "The Deadly Dangers Of Pal-Ul-Don", another reprint from Bomba the Jungle Boy #3 (January-February, 1968) by George Kashdan and Jack Sparling entitled "My Enemy, The Jungle" with Bomba as Simba again, "The Return Of The Detective Chimp" from Adventures Of Rex The Wonder Dog #6 (November-December, 1952) with another adventure of Bobo by John Broome, Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella, and Korak in a new story called "The Ancient Awakes" by Robert Kanigher and Alex Nino.

Tarzan #232

August-September, 1974 sees the second part of adaptation of "Tarzan and The Lion Man" by Joe Kubert, a two page article about "Manimals" by Allan Asherman, another Congo Bill story featuring "The Man Who Wanted To Die A Hero" from Action Comics #190 (March, 1954) by Ed Smalle, another run of Russ Manning newspaper stories with "Tarzan and the Monkey Men" (with Jane renamed Gail...), Tarzan's Animal Facts about dinosaurs, Tarzan's Animal Encyclopedia and "Life Spans About Animals", Detective Chimp dealing with "The Case Of The Runaway Ostrich" from Adventures Of Rex The Wonder Dog #13 (January-February, 1954) by John Broome, Carmine Infantino and Sy Barry, Tarzan's Animal Facts with Hungary as a Bear, Tarzan's Jungle Album, Rex the Wonder Dog in "African Man Hunt" from Adventures Of Rex The Wonder Dog #13 (January-February, 1954) by Robert Kanigher, Gil Kane and Sy Barry, a Tarzan's Animal Encyclopedia about woodchucks, Tarzan drawn by Philipino Artists of Alex Nino, Nestor Redondo and Alfredo Alcala, and a new Korak story with "The Pit Of Darkness" by Robert Kanigher and Alex Nino.

Tarzan #233

The third part of "Tarzan and the Lion Man" adaptation by Joe Kubert leads of October-November, 1974 issue of DC's Tarzan.  Tarzan's Animal Facts let you know which animal has the loudest voice, Tarzan faces "The Land Time Forgot" by Russ Manning from newspaper Tarzan strips, with Jane being called Gail in these stories, Tarzan's Jungle Album has a photo of Tarzan actor Johnny Weismuller (from 1932), a reprint of "I Tracked The Beast Of Montrouge Forest" by Leonard Starr from My Greatest Adventure #2 (March-April, 1955), Rex learns "The Secret Of The Golden Crocodile" in this reprint from Adventures Of Rex The Wonder Dog #34 (July-August, 1957) by Bob Haney, Gil Kane and Bernard Sachs, Tarzan's Animal Facts focus on the American lion, "Detective Bobo, Chimp-Napped" spells trouble for the Detective Chimp in this reprint from Adventures Of Rex The Wonder Dog #20 (March-April, 1955) by John Broome, Carmine Infantino and Sy Barry, Congo Bill deals with "The School For Hunters" from Action Comics #199 (December, 1954) by Jack Miller and Ed Smalle, and Korak faces "The Star Of Death" by Robert Kanigher and Alex Nino.  

Tarzan #234

The end of the "Tarzan and the Lion Man" adaptation by Joe Kubert is the first story in Tarzan's December-January, 1974/1975 issue.  Detective Chimp starts off the reprints with "A Whistle For Bobo" from Adventures of Rex The Wonder Dog #27 (May-June, 1956) by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, Congo Bill facing "The Man-Eater Of Mandalo" from Action Comics #176 (January, 1953) by Jon Smalle, "I Was A Jungle Ringmaster" from My Greatest Adventure #5 (September-October, 1955) by John Prentice, a Russ Manning newspaper strip run featuring the "Thunder Lizard" and Jane being renamed Trudy and turned into a brunette, "I Was A Prisoner In A Human Zoo" from My Greatest Adventure #14 (March-April, 1957) by Ruben Moreira, and Korak facing "White Death" by Robert Kanigher and Alex Nino.

Tarzan #235

Joe Kubert gives us the story of "The Magic Herb" to lead off Tarzan's February-March, 1975 collection.  A photo of Maureen O'Sullivan - "the most famous Jane of all" as Tarzan's movie mate, Congo Bill deals with "The Mail Order Hunter" from Action Comics #189 (February, 1954) by Jon Smalle, "Bobo's New York Adventure" is the Detective Chimp feature from Adventures of Rex The Wonder Dog #35 (September-October, 1957) by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, "I Shoot With A Camera" from My Greatest Adventure #4 (July-August, 1955), a run of Russ Manning newspaper strips featuring "The Mahagga", and the first photo of Johnny Weismuller as Tarzan rounds out this last 100 page Tarzan.

After this, Tarzan went back to a regular sized comic in April, 1975, with an extra large Tarzan #238 in June, 1975.....

.....and, Tarzan is still swinging after all these years!

Best of all, you can find the Joe Kubert stories of the issues above in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan The Joe Kubert Years #3 from June, 2006 by Dark Horse (volume contains the Joe Kubert stories from Tarzan #225 to #235).  Would that DC would reprint Congo Bill and Detective Chimp! 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

World's Finest Tarzan Team-Ups

Odd to think of it, but Tarzan predates both Superman and Batman, with his first appearance in magazines back in 1912, thanks to creator Edgar Rice Burroughs.

One would think that the man born John Clayton, living in the lush jungles of Africa, with the woman he loves, Jane Porter (later, Jane Clayton, his wife), would be content there, and not run into aliens from another world, or avenging knights from an urban jungle.....

....but one would be wrong.  Here's a look at a few comic books that brought some fantastic elements to the lord of the jungle.

Claws Of The Catwoman

Batman, that urban hunter of criminal prey orphaned by criminals, found his way to the jungles of Africa, and brought Tarzan (an orphan raised by the jungle) to the city that is more dangerous than any jungle, Gotham, in the four issue mini-series of Batman/Tarzan: Claws of the Catwoman from September to December, 1999, by Dark Horse and DC Comics, written by Ron Marz, drawn by Igor Kordey and covers by Dave Dorman

Set in the 1930s, Bruce Wayne's alter ego teams up with the Lord of Greystoke to save priceless African Cat-Cult treasures from Finnegan Dent (which the archaeologist had brought to Gotham without getting permission of their owners in Africa, sending John Clayton there to meet with Bruce Wayne).  Tarzan and Batman then followed Finnegan Dent back to Africa, where half his face was clawed by a lion...and the two heroes were able to stop him.

An odd pairing to say the least, but it also pointed out how different the two heroes were, even though both came into money, and worked to be prime examples of  humans, they also had differences, like Batman's unwillingness to kill, and Tarzan's anything for a goal attitude.  Better still, each man could respect the other for what they were. 

Sons Of The Jungle

Superman and Tarzan seem an unlikely pairing...but in a way, it also seems a natural, both being orphans of their culture, raised by the natives of where they were to possess the values the locals had, and becoming a symbol beyond what they were if they had remained in their homes.

Odder still, the team-up given us by DC Comics and Dark Horse from October, 2001 to May, 2002 (distance of release dates due to the last issue coming in late) in the three issue mini-series, Superman/Tarzan: Sons Of The Jungle by writer Chuck Dixon, artist Carlos Meglia and covers by Humberto Ramos.  Taking an idea of Elseworlds (where familiar things happen in different ways, giving a look at heroes on alternate Earths), these tales look at a world where young Kal-El's rocket ended up in early 20th Century Africa, making him the Lord of the Jungle, and unintentionally saving John Greystoke's parents from being killed, allowing him to go back to England and grow up to be an adventurer.  The two eventually meet up as Greystoke journeys to Africa with female reporter Lois Lane (and meeting Jane Porter), dealing with being a stranger in a strange land, and then reverse roles, with the Kryptonian ending up in the city, and the Nobleman finding himself in the jungle.

In a way, these stories show the timelessness of these classic well as how they find their way back to themselves, despite the changes the times put on them.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Marvel Legends 2016 Wave 3 3 and 3 Quarters

Technically, it is more Marvel Legends 2016 Wave 2 and a half, as half this group we've seen before!

This wave includes Spider-Man foes of the living vampire, Morbius and water elemental, Hydro-Man, as well as a more modern look for the mutant X-Men, Rogue, as well as a later look of Avenger, Quasar...all in glorious 3 and 3/4 plastic, as only Hasbro and Marvel can do!

The fellows we've seen before include Black Panther, original armor Iron Man (both from Wave 1), and Spider-Man in two different costume variants (one from Wave 1 and one from Wave 2 of 2016).  At least you'll be able to find a Spider-Man and a Black Panther figure in the aisles when the Black Panther and Spider-Man movies come out!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Marvel Legends 2016 2 Packs 3 and 3 Quarters 2

Adding to the action figure collection of Marvel fans comes the latest collection, with two packs centered around one character with similar names.

These 2 packs of Marvel Legends 3 and 3/4ths line include Hyperion from the Squadron Supreme (as opposed to the Squadron Sinister, in more recent, darker tones, and from an alternate Earth from a little while back) as the Supreme Power 2-pack; Captain Marvel Carol Danvers (masked) and Captain Marvel of the Kree (or Mar-Vell) in the Cosmic Marvels 2-pack, and Scarlet Spider and Spider-Man in the Web Slingers 2-Pack...and each two pack includes a comic as well!  What a Marvel from these figures from Hasbro!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Doom Patrol Archives And More

The Doom Patrol of the 1960s is a somewhat unique case.  All their team appearances in their own title were collected into 5 Archive additions, allowing you to read all of their adventures from My Greatest Adventure #80 (June, 1963) to Doom Patrol #121 (September-October, 1968) without totally having to break the bank or spend all your time tracking them down.

Here's the breakdown by volume of important events by Doom Patrol Archive, and the work of Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, as well as Bob Haney and Bob Brown.

Doom Patrol Archive #1

The first Doom Patrol Archive came out in 2002, and features the premiere of the Doom Patrol from My Greatest Adventure #80 (as well as the first appearance of General Immortus, one of the teams most persistent foes).  This volume also includes all of their My Greatest Adventures tales (#81 to #85), the turning of the title to Doom Patrol with Doom Patrol #86 (which also features the first appearances of the Brotherhood of Evil, and its charter members of the Brain, Monsieur Mallah and Madame Rogue, with Mr. Morden trying to join using the Chief robot, Rog), learning "The Terrible Secret Of Negative Man" with Doom Patrol #87, "The Incredible Origin Of The Chief" in Doom Patrol #88, and the premiere of the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man in Doom Patrol #89 (in the tale where the Negative Man and Elasti-Girl get new red uniforms to replace their green ones, as well as the other Doom Patrol stories from the above issues.

Doom Patrol Archive #2

The second Doom Patrol Archive starts with Doom Patrol #90, seeing Madame Rogue get new shape-changing powers, the premiere of the sometimes heroic Mento (Steve Dayton) and alien invader Garguax in Doom Patrol #91, villainous Dr. Tyme in Doom Patrol #92, another return of the Brotherhood of Evil in Doom Patrol #93, the introduction of the Chief's "action chair" in Doom Patrol #94, the return of the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man in Doom Patrol #95, a team-up of Garguax, General Immortus and the Brotherhood of Evil in Doom Patrol #96, that continues into the last issue in this Archive, Doom Patrol #97.

Doom Patrol Archive #3

The third Doom Patrol Archive starts with Doom Patrol #98 and the introduction of the elemental villain, Mr. 103.  Doom Patrol #99 introduces us to Beast Boy (Garfield Logan), with Doom Patrol #100 giving us Gar's origin, while starting a look back at Robotman's history as well.  Doom Patrol #101 features the mystery of Kranus, and guest appearances by the Challengers of the Unknown, which leads to including Challengers of the Unknown #48 (with the Doom Patrol) in this Archive.  The Doom Patrol and Challengers finish their fight against Challs' foes, the League of Challenger-Haters (who include Multi-Man, Volcano Man, Kra and Multi-Woman).  Doom Patrol #103 sees the team face "The Meteor Man", with Doom Patrol #104 seeing Elasti-Girl marrying Mento (with the Justice League and Teen Titans of the time at the wedding, which was crashed by the Brotherhood of Evil.  Last in this volume is Doom Patrol #105, with "The Honeymoon Of Terror" (as well as all the Robotman-iac looks at Robotman's pre-Doom Patrol past).

Doom Patrol Archive #4

The fourth Doom Patrol Archive begins with Doom Patrol #106, and the last appearance of Mr. 103 in the Silver Age Doom Patrol title, as well as the start of Negative Man's pre-Doom Patrol story.  Problems with Beast Boy being around the team surface in Doom Patrol #107, as well as facing off against the Brotherhood of Evil for every issue going forward, with Garguax attacking in tandem starting with Doom Patrol #108, introducing the android Mandred in Doom Patrol #109, finding out about Madame Rogue's love for the Chief in Doom Patrol #110, introducing Garguax's alien boss, Zarox-13 in Doom Patrol #111, the Doom Patrol and Brotherhood of Evil working together against Zarox-13 and learning Madame Rouge's origin in Doom Patrol #112, ending with a battle against the robotic Arsenal and learning the Chief plans to help Madame Rogue with the last story in this selection from Doom Patrol #113, as well as flashback stories for Negative Man and Beast Boy.

Doom Patrol Archive #5

The fifth and final Doom Patrol Archive starts with Doom Patrol #114 and the introduction of Kor (Dr. Anton Koravyk), creating a time warp and a Beast Boy solo story.  Madame Rogue splits into her good and evil selves in Doom Patrol #115, and the team faces mutants Ur, Ir and Ar, who they defeat in Doom Patrol #116.  The Chief faces the Black Vulture alone in Doom Patrol #117, as the Doom Patrol abandons him (and the Chief grows closer to the good self of Madame Rogue), the Brain introduces a potential new Brotherhood of Evil member with Videx, as in Doom Patrol #119, the Great Guru makes Robotman a pacifist (and turns Madame Rogue back to evil).  The team deals with the Wrecker (Harvey Keller) in Doom Patrol #120, and then faces their own doom at the hands of Madame Rogue (and new boyfriend, Nazi Captain Zahl) in "The Death Of The Doom Patrol?" in the last story of the Doom Patrol in the Silver Age (and this volume) from Doom Patrol #121.

Showcase Presents: The Doom Patrol

If you don't mind reading adventures in black and white instead of in glorious color, you can get the collected Doom Patrol experience by buying the two volumes of Showcase Presents that feature the Doom Patrol.  The first volume features stories from My Greatest Adventure #80 to Doom Patrol #101 (coming out in 2009), and the second Showcase Presents: The Doom Patrol has the issues from Doom Patrol #102 to Doom Patrol #121 (and arrived in stores in 2010).

The Official Doom Patrol Index

If you just don't have the space for Archives or Showcase Presents, you can get the The Official Doom Patrol Index from 1986.  The two issues summarize the original run of the Doom Patrol, as well as giving details on the new Doom Patrol that premiered in Showcase #94 (August-September, 1977) by Paul Kupperberg and Joe Staton (as well as their next two Showcase issues, all under Jim Aparo covers), and a little extra information, all under two incredible covers by John Byrne.  Thanks to Murray Ward and his army of contributors who created this index, as well as to the Grand Comics Database and Mike's Amazing World of Comics, whose work make this article so much easier to create!

All this, and two Silver Age Doom Patrol appearances are overlooked.  The Doom Patrol appeared in Teen Titans #6 (November-December, 1966) by Bob Haney, Bill Molno and Sal Trapani, but it was reprinted in the Silver Age Teen Titans Archive Volume #2 of 2013, and in the Showcase Presents: Teen Titans first volume of 2006, and will be in the upcoming Teen Titans: The Silver Age Omnibus Volume #1 in November, 2016 (mostly focusing on Beast Boy...more on him later).  Sadly, the other appearance of the Doom Patrol, from Brave and the Bold #65 (April-May, 1966) by Bob Haney, Dick Giordano and Sal Trapani, has not been reprinted (but, if DC collected Flash's Brave and the Bold team-ups, as detailed here, this problem would be solved!).  Shouldn't we see another round of Silver Age Doom Patrol reprints....maybe even hitting their 1970s Showcase appearances (and more?).

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Charter Members Of The Doom Patrol

They were misfits, didn't really fit in any where else, and, to top it off, horribly damaged by living their lives...but, the heroes of the Doom Patrol found each other, and learned to work together (staring in My Greatest Adventure #80 of June, 1963 by writers Arnold Drake and Bob Haney, and artist Bruno Premiani), fighting one of their main foes, General Immortus (who also premiered in these pages), with the team taking over the title with Doom Patrol #86 (March, 1964), which featured the introduction of their evil opposites, the Brotherhood of Evil.

The team continued on, living together and keeping it real, all until Doom Patrol #121 (September-October, 1968), where the original run of the Doom Patrol ended (though their legacy, and eventually all the members lived on....even after their apparent death in that issue's pages).

But, who were these original teammates?


First up is the most recognizable member of the Doom Patrol, as he has been with the most different incarnations of the team, Cliff Steele, also known as Robotman!

Cliff was a race car driver and all around daredevil who took one too many risks, and his history before the Doom Patrol started in a back-up tale in Doom Patrol #100 (December, 1965) by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, called "Robotman -- Wanted Dead Or Alive" subtitled "An Untold Story Of Robotman".  This story dealt with Cliff's crash, and how a surgeon saved his life by transplanting his brain into a robot body, which made Cliff into a "Robotman-iac", sending him on a super-strength, anger fueled rampage through the city, looking for the doctor who did this do him.

The next chapter was in Doom Patrol #101 (February, 1966) by Drake/Premiani, with "The Lonely Giant", with Cliff getting help from a group of beggars (finding out his brain still needs nutrients, and must get a special formula to keep it alive), and still looking for the doctor and evading police.  In Doom Patrol #103 (May, 1966), by Drake/Premiani, Cliff learns that there is "No Home For A Robot", in trying to help his brother, Randy Steele, and Randy's wife, Helen, against criminals who want to take advanced weapons made where Randy works, then avoids the police with help from the Chief.  The "Robotman Unchained" saga ends with Cliff realizing "The Robot-Maker Must Die" in Doom Patrol #105 (August, 1966) by Drake/Premiani, finding out that the Chief was the one who made him into this "freak", and confronting the doctor.  This cured Cliff of his madness, and the Chief assembled the rest of the original Doom Patrol.

Negative Man

Next Patroler is the Negative Man, and that's not an indication of Larry Trainor's personality (though, he did have reasons to be depressed).

Larry was a test pilot flying experimental planes, with his pre-Doom Patrol days being chronicled starting with Doom Patrol #106 (September, 1966) with "The Private World Of Negative Man" by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, where the pilot flew through a radiation belt at a high altitude, becoming radioactive and gaining the ability to manifest his consciousness as an energy being that can fly for up to sixty seconds at a time.  His radioactivity would have isolated him from all other humans, if not for radiation-proof bandages invented by Dr. Niles Caulder; but the bandages isolate him from others, making him look like a mummy and a "freak".

In Doom Patrol #107 (November, 1966) by Drake/Premiani, Larry faces "The Race Against Dr. Death", turning to the mad scientist named Dr. Death for help, but sending Negative Man after him when Larry realizes how dangerous this man is.  Looking for work in Doom Patrol #109 (February, 1967) by Drake/Premiani, Larry flies to a volcanic island, unaware that he is working for Dr. Death, who sabotaged Larry's plane.  With Doom Patrol #111 (May, 1967) by Drake/Premiani, it is "Neg Man's Last Road", with Larry foiling Dr. Death's plot against the government by driving its leaders mad, with the aid of the Chief.  The problems with Dr. Death done, Larry then meets with the others the Chief has aided, forming the Doom Patrol.


The size-changing Elasti-Girl, whose alter ego was Rita Farr didn't get an individual spotlight like the boys did, but that doesn't mean she didn't have history before the Doom Patrol existed.

Rita Farr was an actress, as well as an Olympic medal winning swimmer, so it's a shame her early days didn't get individual coverage like the other members during the original Doom Patrol run...
...but she did have an origin tale, with Rita getting exposed to a volcanic gas in a pool while working on a movie in Africa.  This gave her the ability to shrink and grow (first, without control), labeling the lady a "freak" and messing up her Hollywood career.  Rita is approached by the Chief, offering her a chance to do good with her powers, and join the Doom Patrol, as seen in Doom Patrol #105 and #111, and starting with My Greatest Adventure #80.

The Chief

The oddest member of the Doom Patrol was their leader, wheelchair bound Dr. Niles Caulder.

Niles was involved in the origins of all the previous members, but his origin was what created the need for the team, as revealed in Doom Patrol #88 (June, 1964).

Niles Caulder was a young scientist looking to prolong life, not knowing he was working for the evil General Immortus, who needed more of a longevity serum to stay alive.  Worse still, the general had implanted a bomb in Niles' chest, that only Immortus could remove.  When Niles learned the nearly immortal madman was in charge of his research, he destroyed that work, using his own trusted robot assistant (RA-2) to "kill" him, allowing the robot to operate safely and remove the bomb (though Niles was under too long, and lost the use of his legs).  Revived without the bomb,  Niles even had to destroy RA-2, and fled General Immortus.  To combat the evil of General Immortus and others, Niles fashioned his secret identity as the Chief and gathered others damaged by society to go out and combat evil.  

The Doom Patrol also worked with other heroes introduced in their own pages, like Beast Boy and Mento.  The team lasted until Doom Patrol #121 (September-October, 1968), where they appeared to perish, but eventually came back, starting with Showcase #94 (August-September, 1977), adding new members Negative Woman, Tempest and Celsius, and as time passed, even more members joined (and more originals returned) as time went by.  But one thing remained consistent...the lesson of the Doom Patrol was that everyone has something to contribute, and to just keep trying.  Better to try and fail than to do nothing at all....

Monday, June 20, 2016

Start of Summer 2016

It's the start of summer, 2016!

Try to keep cool....but maybe not as cool as this guy, drawn by George Evans, from House Of Mystery #218 (October, 1973), with the story of "An Ice Place To Visit" by Michael Fleisher and Frank Thorne.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Frank Thorne's Red Sonja

Though artist Frank Thorne wasn't the creator of Red Sonja (she was created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith in the pages of Marvel's Conan, and based off of a character of Robert E. Howard's), he was an artist that helped to make the warrior queen popular for his depictions of the character in her metal bikini....and even attending comic conventions dressed as a wizard, encouraging woman to emulate their hero by dressing up as Red Sonja!

Below, we celebrate the approach of summer (a.k.a. bikini season) as well as the birth of Frank Thorne (June, 16th), by covering Frank's covers of Marvel Feature and Red Sonja featuring Red Sonja!

Marvel Feature #2 and #3

 January and March, 1976

Marvel Feature #4 and #5

 May and July, 1976

Marvel Feature #6 and #7

 September and November, 1976

Red Sonja #1 and #2 

 January and March, 1977

Red Sonja #3 and #4

 May and July, 1977

Red Sonja #5 and #6

 September and November, 1977

Red Sonja #7 and #8

 January and March, 1978

Red Sonja #9 and #10

May and July, 1978

Red Sonja #11 and later

September, 1978
#12 to #15 are by Frank Brunner and Dave Cockrum from November, 1978 to May, 1979

Red Sonja continued after Frank left the title, and Frank Thorne created his own sword wielding woman, Ghita Of Alizzar, which appeared in Warren Publishing's 1984/1994 magazine from 1979 to 1983, the tales of which have since been collected a few times over the decades (fair warning, these are NOT tales for kids!).  Red Sonja even teamed up with Spider-Man in Marvel Team-Up!

Red Sonja has even found herself in comics in the 21st Century, with Dynamite publishing her current adventures.  The company has even reprinted all of Marvel's tales of Red Sonja, including Frank's issues, in their 4 "Adventures of Red Sonja" tradepaperbacks (with the last, though not including any interior art by Frank Thorne, boasts a cover drawn by him!).

Volume 1 features the 7 Marvel Feature issues, Volume 2 features Red Sonja #1 through #7, Volume 3 features Red Sonja #8 to #14, and Volume 4 features the Red Sonja tales from Savage Sword of Conan and Red Sonja #15...all in color!

Better still, Dynamite has produced three larger than life collections of Frank Thorne's Red Sonja...featuring reproductions of the original art from the Marvel series in a larger size, and in black and white...

...with Volume 1 featuring her Marvel Feature issues, Volume 2 featuring Red Sonja's #1 to #6,

...and Volume 3 featuring Red Sonja's #7 to #11, giving readers a chance to see Red Sonja as Frank Throne did as he drew her!

Frank Thorne even provided variant covers for the 2013/2014 five issue Legends of Red Sonja mini-series with new tales of fantasy's favorite heroine!  It's hard to keep an old wizard down!