Media Release — We want to thank our fans for making Vampirella #1 the huge success that it has become! And we’re keeping our focus on the main title with Vampirella #5 being a “5 Star” issue written by Eric Trautmann (Action Comics co-written with Greg Rucka), illustrated by Wagner Reis and Fabiano Neves and will arrive at comic shops next March 2011 with amazing covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Paul Renaud, Ale Garza, and Stephen Segovia!
Carving a bloody swath through Dracula’s forces, facing down the Lord of the Vampires himself, Vampirella is now face to face with an ancient, unknowable evil, a terrifying force that plans to make Vampirella its eternal queen.
“Sometimes, I really love my job,” says writer Eric Trautmann. “It’s not everyday you get to create a Lovecraftian horror, begin codifying an ancient religion, and pit Vampirella against Dracula himself. And working with talented co-creators — pencillers Wagner Reis and some beautiful dream sequences by Fabiano Neves — well, that’s just the icing on the cake.”
Dynamite also has several other Vampirella products that will entice fans. Dynamite Entertainment is offering a Vampirella #1 Tim Sale cover, which is a first prints that were printed at the same time as the other covers.
With Vampirella Archive Vol. 1 HC, Dynamite is collecting all Vampirella stories from the beginning in a hardcover archive collection FOR THE FIRST TIME! In September 1969, Vampirella #1 debuted with a stunning cover by the legendary Frank Frazetta – and quickly made publishing history! The writers and artists that contributed during the magazine’s original run included Jose Gonzalez, Archie Goodwin, Doug Moench, Bernie Wrightson, Barry Windsor Smith, Esteban Maroto, Frank Brunner, Mike Ploog, Rudy Nebres, Richard Corben, Pablo Marcos, Wally Wood, and many more! Featuring work by Forest J. Ackerman, Don Glut, Tom Sutton, Neal Adams, Ernie Colon, Billy Graham, Alan Weiss, Jeff Jones, and Frank Frazetta, Volume One collects the first seven terrifying issues of the magazine’s original run, reprinted in its original magazine-sized format, and features the very first Vampirella cover by the immortal Frank Frazetta!
The Art of Vampirella features a retrospective of artists that have contributed the most memorable imagery of Vampirella. The book features such names as Jose Gonzalez, Adam Hughes, Dave Stevens, Jim Silke, Jae Lee, Joe Jusko, Amanda Conner, Mark Texeira, Mike Mignola, Mike Mayhew, Joe Quesada, Bruce Timm, Arthur Suydam, Dan Brereton, Michael Golden, J. Scott Campbell and MANY 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 Morrison, 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. Earlier this year, Dynamite Entertainment acquired the Vampirella property from Harris Publications.
Vampirella is now a part of Dynamite’s thriving comic book line-up, which will propel Vampirella to new heights just as we did with Green Hornet, The Lone Ranger, Zorro, Red Sonja and more.
Written by ERIC TRAUTMANN
Art by WAGNER REIS & FABIANO NEVES
Covers by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (25%), PAUL RENAUD (25%), ALÉ GARZA (25%) & STEPHEN SEGOVIA (25%)
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