Saturday, December 05, 2009

Stake Out "Vampirella: The Second Coming"

"Vampirella: The Second Coming" is written by Phil Hester and illustrated by Al Rio with covers by Arthur Suydam, Simone Gabrielli, Erik Jones and Jenny Frison, featuring the 'Army of Vampirella' striking back at 'Gore'.

'Vampirella' was created by Forrest J Ackerman of "Famous Monsters Of Filmland" fame as a 'horror hostess' for Warren Publishing's black-and-white comics magazine "Vampirella" #1 (Sept. 1969), developed by editor/writer Archie Goodwin with artists Frank Frazetta and Tom Sutton.

Vampi was originally presented as an inhabitant of the planet 'Draculon', a world where people lived on blood that flowed from rivers.

Draculon orbited twin suns causing river droughts and certain doom for Vampirella and the 'Vampiri' race. As the last few inhabitants lay dying from the heat, a spaceship from Earth crash landed on the planet.

Vampirella, sent to investigate, is attacked but retaliates, discovering that the astronauts have blood in their veins. Determined to survive, she pilots the ship back to Earth where her adventures begin, becoming a 'good' vampire, devoting her energy to ridding the world of 'evil' blood-suckers.

A direct-to-video was produced in 1996, effectively killing the potential for a "Vampirella" film franchise, but Harris Comics, publishers of the current "Vampirella" comic book series continue to believe in the resurrection of the property for another shot at the big screen...