Vampirella’s Origin Explored In New Limited Event Series

by Thomas Tuna

Considering she’s been around now for a half-century, Vampirella’s origin is long overdue.

Dynamite Entertainment has plans to rectify that situation with VampirellaYear One, a limited comic book series that hits stores in July. And check out the various eye-popping covers prepared for this special event–courtesy of–on this page.

This origin tale is told by writer Christopher Priest, artists Giovanni Timpano and Ergun Gunduz (aided and abetted by letterer Willie Schubert) and cover artists Collette Turner, Lucio Parrillo, Guillem March, Derrick Chew and Joseph Michael Linsner. In addition, Rachel Hollon grabs the spotlight with a cosplay cover as Vampirella in a stunning white costume. Kevin Nowlan also provided a cover sketch.

The series starts, as explained, in the present day before traveling back in time to find Vampirella navigating her way through 1960s New York City. Vampirella is now “wanted for murder–with every demon, vampire, reporter and law-enforcement officer hunting for her,” according to the synopsis. “As she takes refuge, Vampirella begins to recall how and why she came to this planet in the first place.”

In explaining the reasoning behind this limited series, Priest said “there are vast areas of Vampirella’s life–especially her childhood on Drakulon–which remain largely unexplored.”

In these comics, Priest said Vampirella is “a literal illegal alien, immigrant and lost soul in 1969 New York City–a far more dangerous city than it is today. She does not understand our language, culture or politics. We land her squarely back in the pages of her original Warren Publishing book.”

The Vampirella character–created by writer Forrest J. Ackerman and artist Trina Robbins–debuted in Warren’s black-and-white Vampirella No1 (Sept. 1969). Archie Goodwin later developed her from a horror story hostess into a leading character.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on the life and times of Vampirella.

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