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Frank Thorne Biography
Frank Thorne, a legendary comic book artist best known for his work on Marvel’s Red Sonja, died at the age of 90, along with his wife, Marilyn. Thorne and his wife died about six hours apart, according to fellow comic book artist Walter Simonson. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Thorne was known as a cosplay favorite. He began his career drawing for Standard Comics in 1948, according to CBR.
Simonson wrote a moving tribute to Thorne and shared one of the artist’s comics. He was a fan of Thorne long before he became a comic book artist, and over the years he became friends with Thorne and his wife.
“Frank Thorne and his wife Marilyn left the port for the last time today, about six hours apart. It seems very appropriate that they do it together. They were a lovely couple, ”he wrote.
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Thorne’s Work Spans Decades & He Left a Legacy Within the Comic Book Industry That Stretches Beyond Marvel
Simonson wrote about his fandom for Thorne’s work growing up. His mother unwittingly dropped some of his comics as she got older, including illustrations of Thorne in John Houston’s Moby Dick adaptations and Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. She went out of her way to replace them and was able to do so.
Simonson shared a panel from one of Thorne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea comics and wrote that it seemed to “sum up the romance, mystery and danger of the story in a single drawing.”
Frank Thorne and his wife Marilyn left the port for the last time today, about six hours apart. It seems very appropriate that they do it together. They were a lovely couple. We have had the great privilege of meeting you for the past decade thanks to the kind sponsorships of John and Cathy Workman. Frank was a comic book wizard in many ways and one of the first artists whose work I loved long before I knew who he was or could name his comic book.
That is the reason why he used the nautical allusion above, rather than something related to magicians or barbarian women. At some point in my early adult life, I found out that my mom had thrown out a bunch of old comics from my childhood. As the years passed and my profession manifested, she apologized more than once to me, but I did not worry and told her please do not worry about her. She was just doing a mom’s job. However, there were two comics that were missing that I made a successful effort to replace. One was an adaptation of John Houston’s Moby Dick; the other was an adaptation of Disney’s 20,000 Under the Sea. I didn’t see either movie until I was older, but I loved both comics. At some point I knew they were all drawn by Frank. For that alone, I would have loved him. Of course, he continued to create much more wonderful work. I have reproduced one of my favorite panels in the world below, from the 20,000 Leagues comic. I couldn’t tell you why. Perhaps it is because it seemed to me to sum up the romance, mystery and danger of the story in a single drawing. That is a gift. He was terribly modest about his work, but I was a huge fan, followed him over the years, and it was a pleasure for me and Weezie to meet him and his wife. Good luck, Frank and Marilyn. Thanks for the work and friendship. I’m glad they could go together.
“Very sad that Frank Thorne passed away today (06/16/1930 – 07/03/2021). Artist Perry Mason, Flash Gordon, Jungle Jim, Green Hornet, Tom Corbett Space Cadet, Tomahawk, Mighty Samson, Enemy Ace, Red Sonja, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon and Ghita from Alizarr was shortly followed by his loving wife Marilyn, ” Vanguard Productions wrote.
Thorne Was Still Drawing Comics of ‘Beautiful Warrior Women’ in His Golden Years
Thorne never stopped drawing. Comic Book Historians spoke to him for an hour-long podcast interview in 2019. She spoke about his success over the years and his early work, along with the awards he won over the years.
He said that people commented on the attractiveness of the women he drew, and when he found success with Red Sonja, he discovered his niche. He had discussions after the second issue of Red Sonja was published, he said.
“Shoot, you have a talent for drawing women. You should keep drawing women,” he said being told, “What I’ve been doing ever since,” he added with a smile.
He received the National Cartoonist Society award for comics. His work on Red Sonja was compiled into his own book, Red Sonja: Art Edition by Frank Thorne.
Comic book writer Paul Levitz also shared a tribute to Thorne on Facebook.
He says goodbye to Frank Thorne, an artist who gradually developed his style towards an increasingly personal expression. I had the pleasure of working with Frank in his last days in DC, when he did superb work for the mystery titles, and came up in pencil for Jim Aparo in The Specter, carefully combining his narrative approach with that of Jim.
But Frank had the best moment of his career in Marvel’s RED SONJA, whom he made powerful and sexy. He was probably the first mainstream artist that he reveled in. Osplay, becoming the magician who performed with Wendy Pini’s Sonja show after show.