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Why Red Sonja Isn't Part of Marvel's Conan Deal

A Red Sonja feature was used to launch a new Marvel try-out magazine, Marvel Feature (where different characters would get a chance at a solo feature in the hopes of graduating into their own title) in 1975...

Sure enough, Red Sonja then did receive her own bi-monthly series in 1977...

Oddly enough, for whatever reason, Red Sonja never quite sold as well as Conan. Her solo series started strong, but sales lagged a bit and it was canceled in 1979. She got a second bi-monthly series in 1983, but that, too, ended after just two years. However, while she was not having a ton of success in the comics, she was having more success in another medium - film. It was here, then, that the reason for Red Sonja not being part of the Conan deal is explained...

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