Legendary Comic Artist Frank Thorne Passes Away

Legendary Comic Artist Frank Thorne Passes Away

Saying Goodbye To A Comics Original

We have just heard the sad news that comic artist Frank Thorne, who was probably  best-known for drawing Red Sonja, has just passed away.…


Thorne had a career that spanned over eight decades, beginning his career at Dell in 1948. He worked on a number of newspaper strips including Flash Gordon, Jungle Jim, The Green Hornet and many more. Thorne also drew the syndicated comic strip Dr. Guy Bennett / Dr. Duncan which ran from 1957 to 1963 for LaFave Newspaper Features.

In the 1970s he drew most of Marvel’s Conan spin-off series Red Sonja. After this, he went on to create a number of erotic comic strips including “Moonshine McJugs” for Playboy, “Lann” in Heavy Metal, and “Danger Rangerette” in National Lampoon, and the miniseries Ribit for (Comico), as well as the Fantagraphics Books graphic novels Ghita of AlizarrThe Iron DevilThe Devil’s Angel, and The Illustrated History of Union County.

Writer Paul Levitz wrote his tribute to Thorne on his Facebook page 

Bidding farewell to Frank Thorne, an artist who progressively developed his style into a more and more personal…

Posted by Paul Levitz on Sunday, 7 March 2021

So did writer and artist Walter Simonson, who also mentioned the fact that Thorne’s wife Marilyn also died at the same time

Frank Thorne and his wife Marilyn departed the harbor for the last time today, about six hours apart. It seems…

Posted by Walter Simonson on Sunday, 7 March 2021

Everyone here at Tripwire send our condolences to his friends and family.

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