Red Sonja


Disambiguation: Hyborean Age

First published in: 1973

Red Sonja is a fictional sword and sorcery comic book superheroine created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith for Marvel Comics in 1973, partially based on Robert E. Howard's characters Red Sonya of Rogatino, Dark Agnes de Chastillon and especially Valeria. Marvel Comics published stories featuring Red Sonja until 1986, and returned to the character for a one-shot story in 1995. In 2005, Dynamite Entertainment began publishing stories of the heroine, during which the original Sonja was killed and replaced by a "reincarnation". Red Sonja has appeared in numerous titles, both as a solo protagonist and together with Conan, as well as in crossovers with characters from Marvel Comics and Dynamite Comics. Sonja's signature clothing is her bikini armor, consisting typically of scale mail. In 2016, author Gail Simone indicated that Sonja was bisexual in her run. In 2020, the series Red Sonja: The Price of Blood by writer Luke Lieberman and artist Walter Geovani corroborated this, depicting Sonja as having slept with a woman.

The character first appeared in Conan the Barbarian (Marvel, 1970 series) #23 (February 1973), in a story written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Barry Windsor-Smith. The character was partially based on Robert E. Howard's character Red Sonya of Rogatino from the short story The Shadow of the Vulture, first published in The Magic Carpet Magazine, January 1934.


Hyrkania; sword and sorcery


    Red Sonja

Additional Names:

  1. She-Devil of Hyrkania
  2. Son-Ya

Appearances With a Character Origin Universe:

Appearances With a Story Universe:


  1. secret identity of - Witchblade [Red Sonja]
  2. secret identity of - Witchblade Bearer [Top Cow / Image] (p. 1995)
    Notes: In Witchblade / Red Sonja (Top Cow, 2012 series), after the angel Ragniel had badly wounded Nissa, Red Sonja temporarily became the Witchblade Bearer. First she used its power to save Nissa and herself from an attack by giant wormlike creatures. It later aided Sonja in retrieving her lost sword. Before parting ways, Red Sonja made a deal with the Witchblade to hide the memories of her sword from Nissa, so that in the future, Sara Pezzini would learn what she needed to at the correct moment.
  3. identity also held by - Lady Sonja (p. 2008)


  1. republished as - Red Sonja (p. 1976) (French)
  2. republished as - Sonja [Era Hiboriana] (p. 1976) (Portuguese)