Today Dynamite Entertainment announced that they have bought all rights to Vampirella, the flagship character of Warren Publishing and Harris Publications for more than 40 years.
Dynamite Entertainment’s Nick Barrucci had this to say:
"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."
Vampirella, created by Forest Ackerman, Archie Goodwin, Frank Frazetta and Tom Sutton, was originally created to get around the tightening requirements of the Comics Code Authority, by being printed in black and white as a larger format comic magazine, instead of a traditional four-color comic book. She was a vampire-like alien from the planet Draculon who traveled to Earth to battle Earth’s evil vampires. Later her story was altered for a more sophisticated audience. Since then, the character of Vampirella has been seen as something of a mascot for the success of smaller, independent publishers and an early representative of the modern bad-girl art movement.
Dynamite has carved a niche out for itself by adapting older, unused heroic properties for a modern audience. Among their current stable of characters include The Lone Ranger, Zorro, Buck Rogers, Red Sonja, The Man with No Name, Highlander and Robocop. Currently, one of their properties, The Green Hornet, is being written by director Kevin Smith and being adapted seperately for a big screen debut later this year with Seth Rogen as the lead character.
Vampirella hasn't been seen in her own ongoing series in several years, but you can pick up older issues of her titles at comic book retailers and used books around Columbus, like Half-Price Books in Upper Arlington.
Expect more announcements about the future of Vampirella in next several months.
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