Talk about cult icons in comics, ‘VAMPIRELLA’ has been steaming up the covers of comic book covers since her first appearance all the way back in 1969 in Warren Publishing’s “VAMPIRELLA #1”, and has stood alongside such comic great as ‘UNCLE CREEPY’ and ‘COUSIN EERIE’. It has been a long, winding, tumultuous, and kinky journey for the scantily clad lady of the night, and today it was announced that the rights to the character would again be changing hands, this time to “THE BOYS” publisher Dynamite. Read on for the details.
“New York publisher Dynamite Entertainment has bought the character Vampirella, lock stock and two smoking canines, from Harris Publications. Oh, and bought Harris as well.
Created by Forrest J Ackerman in the late sixties as a new horror magazine lead, a kind of superheroine vampire for Warren Publications, developed with Archie Goodwin and Frank Frazetta , Vampirella revived the horror comic. Over time her skimpy red costume got skimpier and skimpier, though with the bankruptcy of Warren in the eighties the character was lost.
The character was revived by Harris in 1991, attracting creators from Warren Ellis to Mark Millar to Alanm Moore to Grant Morrison to Amanda Conner to Joe Quesada to Kurt Busiek to Jeph Loeb to Adam Hughes. In 2007, Fangoria claimed that they had purchased the character from Harris, something Harris denied and they continued to publish Vampirella books.”
Additionally Here Is A Press Release From Dynamite Themselves,
” March 17, 2010 – Before Twilight. Before True Blood. Before Buffy. Before Blade. There was…Vampirella! Leading comic book publisher, Dynamite Entertainment, is proud to announce it has acquired the Vampirella property from Harris Publications. Vampirella will become part of Dynamite’s thriving comic book line-up, which includes Project Superpowers, The Boys, Green Hornet, The Lone Ranger, Zorro, Army of Darkness, Red Sonja and more.
Vampirella debuted in 1969 in a black & white magazine titled simply VAMPIRELLA. With a stunning cover by legendary artist, Frank Frazetta, Vampirella #1 quickly made publishing history with its depiction of a vampire heroine, and its success prompted comics giants DC and Marvel to launch horror titles of their own. Vampirella appeared in this magazine format throughout the 1970’s. Many of these classic stories were illustrated by the legendary artist Jose Gonzalez and have remained quite popular with comics fans to the present day. After a brief publishing hiatus, Vampirella returned in 1992 and quickly regained her reigning status as the queen of all female comics characters! In continuous publication since her early 90s comeback, Vampirella has been written by top talents including Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Grant Morrision, James Robinson, Jeph Loeb, Warren Ellis, and illustrated by fan favorite artists such as Joe Quesada, J. Scott Campbell, Michael Turner, Jae Lee, Adam Hughes, Mark Texeira, Joe Jusko, Arthur Suydam, and many more! A Vampirella feature film premiered on Showtime Networks in 1996, and the character continues to appear on numerous items of licensed merchandise.
Nick Barrucci, president of Dynamite Entertainment said, “Vampirella is one of the most well-known and longest-running comic characters in the history of the business. Outside of Marvel and DC characters, very few comics characters that debuted in the 60’s still resonate with fans today. Our acquisition of this iconic brand is another step in Dynamite’s exciting growth and builds on the ongoing success of our line.”
“I am incredibly pleased to be passing the stewardship of Vampirella on to Dynamite,” said Stanley Harris, president of Harris Publications. “Dynamite has proven to be one of the premiere publishers in the comic book industry, and Vampirella couldn’t be in better and more caring hands!”
You can read the full report over at Bleeding Cool News. All I can say on this one is that it is a great deal for both parties. Dynamite continues to snag some top-notch names to add to their already impressive library, and ‘VAMPIRELLA’ gets the freedom to show even more of herself to mouth-breathing creepers everywhere. Gotta say this is a win-win. What say you?
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