Artwork of the Day: Sword Woman (by Ken Kelly)


by Ken Kelly

The Sword Woman on this cover, with the red hair and the general fashion sense, reminds me of someone and that’s all I’ll say about that.

The Sword Woman is Dark Agnes de Chastillon, who lived in 16th century France.  The author Robert E. Howard, who also created Conan, wrote three stories featuring Agnes but he never attempted to publish them.  It wasn’t until several years after his death that the stories were discovered.  In 1977, they were published as Sword Woman.  The cover above is from a 1979 edition and was done by Ken Kelly.