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- Publisher: Dynamite (22 Dec. 2010)
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- Language: English
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This one predates that slightly - beginning in 1969. The Vampirella you will find within these pages is, well not quite the one you may be familiar with.
Our Vampiric heroine only appears in issues 1 and 2 of the 7 (almost impossible to find back issues)reprinted here in tales by Forry Ackerman and artists Tom Sutton and Mike Royer and is certainly way more camp than the one that will re-appear in Vol 2( having been retooled by Archie Goodwin in conjunction with artists Sutton and Jose Gonzalez.)
Dont be put off buying this volume however, there are good tales by old masters; Neal Adams, Nick Cuti, Don Glut,Reed Crandall, Jerry Grandanetti and Ernie Colon among others.
The stories are all the "one note" horror/suspense type and in my opinion are all the more enjoyable for it too - # 7's "three witches" interlinked saga is especially worth noting. Best of all the volume reprints ALL of the original magazine as far as I can tell with covers,house ads, letters pages and advertisements. The format mirrors the original Magazine size too.Marvelous.
Oh there are minor gripes, the cover reproductions could be a touch sharper and maybe, just maybe the whole package is not quite as slick as Dark Horse's collected volumes of Warren sister titles Creepy and Eerie. All in all, however this is a good priced package that evokes some great nostalgia - whether you were there at the time or not (I wasnt!).
The quality is going to go up several notches in terms of content with volume 2 but if you have any interest in this era of graphic storytelling , then pick this up as a starting point. You wont be sorry!
Warren Publishing ran into a bad period in the late 60s. Badly in need of a hit, Jim Warren struck gold in 1969, with the advent of their most popular character, VAMPIRELLA. Warren had an idea of a woman character in mind, with sketches on my notebook met with Frank Frazetta, Forry Ackerman, and Trina Robbins in my office and enough energy left for a game winning home run. Chose Forry as my writer, his first love was science fiction, we both had seen BARBARELLA and loved it ... Warren carefully outlined what he wanted done, a modern day setting but something mystique of vampires, Transylvania and something legendary - and VAMPIRELLA was born.
The formula was horror and sex! Good American sex, there it is a sexy babe on the first cover...standing there with a modern setting, Sexy, but not naked or bare breasted, her colors were bright red for excitement and pitch black for mystery ... along with great writing and outstanding illustrations, Warren had another winner.
Reading the advertisement in the Warren issues of 'CREEPY' and 'EERIE' and the coming of captivating comics about fantastic females - "Look Out! She's waiting inside this first collector's edition ... for you!!" Illustrated tales to bewitch & bedevil you.
On the inside cover as she stands before you with a red backdrop - "Hi, there! Welcome to the coolest girl-meets-ghoul mag on the market. My name's VAMPIRELLA! I'm the newest thing in comic magazines! And if you take me home with you, YOU can call me...VAMPI (that's if I don't call you first). I've put out the call to all the Creepiest Eeriest artists in the country (and you what country:TRANSYLVANIA... And it'll be a BLOODY pity if anyone in the whole wide world doesn't get the word about this way-out mag of fantastic females! My AMAZING ADVENTURES explode here exclusively every issue and in addition you get half a dozen other sock-it-to-you SHOCKERS for gals and guys who're wise to the best in BEWITCHING COMICS! What more do you want - BLOOD? You got it!...COME WITH ME....
Special footnote: -- As mentioned by several other reviewers. There are seven issues instead of five, the quality seems good enough.
The reproductions are at most adequate, the artwork and stories are not up to the later issues, its gets better, trust me. The Frazetta cover of our favorite heroine is still a classic. Now that Dynamite has tested the waters, it's show time for the additional issues in chronicle order, please.
In closing - Vampirella initially appeared in Warren Publishing's black-and-white horror-comics magazine Vampirella #1 (Sept. 1969), running to issue #112 (March 1983). Highly recommend - this first volume is a WINNER!!
Total Page: 232 Pages ~ Dynamite Entertainment #ISBN-13: 978-1606901755 ~ (January 4, 2011)
The actual magazines that this book reproduces are of a very rare and expensive nature these days so it's with much gratitude that I thank Dynamite for releasing this series of archives.
The titular heroine does not make too many appearances in this first volume but judging from the jokey tone of her first story that's probably not a bad thing.
Instead we get stories more like the type you would find in "Eerie" and that's no bad thing.
Nice chunky volume wonderfully produced.
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The images are sharper than the original magazines we have and my husband and I agree the publisher did a worthy job.
Will continue to collect VAMPIRELLA as long as they are made It is easier to look at and read these archives than taking out the originals from
their wrappers and safer too. As the issue numbers increase so does the maturity and and art.
I think this is what helped save WARREN in those dark days. Here's to VAMPIRELLA!
There are a few differences, physically, as mentioned by several reviewers. There are seven issues instead of five, making the tome heftier and the binding seems not as sturdy.
The paper quality is not a deal breaker.
The color reproductions seems adequate, if not up to the eye-popping appeal of the DH books.
Nevertheless, It's great having this on my bookshelf next to the others. The stories, as I'm sure many of you have noticed, are a bit juvenile, and the art sometimes crude.
But it'll get better, as we all know, and it has to start somewhere. Actually, it has to start at #1, and that iconic cover stills hypnotizes to this very day.
Bravo, Dynamite, bring on the rest!