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Vampirella Turns 45 with Feary Tales
For a woman in her 40's, Vampirella looks pretty good. She'll be turning 45 this October and Dynamite Entertainment is celebrating her birthday in style with a new mini-series entitled Vampirella: Feary Tales. The anthology comic is being led by the ongoing Vampirella series writer Nancy A. Collins, who has hand selected the creative team. The book will feature the talents of Gail Simone, Stephen R. Bissette, Elmo Eklabuz, Ronilson Freire, Devin Grayson, Jack Jadson, Joe R. Lansdale, Elaine Lee, Stuart Moore, Steve Niles, John Shirley, Denis St. John, and Eric Trautmann.
"Seeing as this is the 45th anniversary of Vampirella's creation, Dynamite has decided to mark the occasion by taking her back to her roots," says writer Nancy A. Collins. "We've got some of the best writers in comics slated to deliver the short, sharp shocks that the Warren magazines were famous for. I am both excited and humbled that these incredibly talented creators have signed on to celebrate Vampirella's birthday."
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Feary Tales picks up with Vampirella after a dimensional rift traps her in an alternate dimension in which a strange Storyteller forces her to live out classic tales of terror. The first issue has the character discovering, much to her surprise that she's married to an infamous wife-killer in "Bluebeard's Blood" written by Devin Grayson. This is followed by "Cinderella? Vampirella!" by John Shirley. Artists on issue #1 include Jack Jadson, Ronilson Freire, and Elmo Eklabuz.
"Today's comic book fans still recognize Vampirella, but many don't realize that she wasn't just a fanged and buxom adventuress," says author Nancy A. Collins. "Like her fellow Warren Publications horror hosts, Vampirella served as ‘ghostess with the mostest', lacing her introductions to the various stories that graced her black-and-white magazine with puns and double entendres."
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"We first started working with Nancy when she was a part of the Legends of Red Sonja series that Gail Simone oversaw with Joe Rybandt - an incredible event celebrating Sonja's 40th Anniversary. When Nancy took over as the writer of the new Vampirella series, she asked if she could do the same Legends-style concept for Vampirella's 45th Anniversary. How could we say no? Nancy has brought her 'A' game, and has brought together an all-star line-up of writers to help celebrate the occasion. Feary Tales is an incredible series with fantastic writers, and the diversity of its creative voices will bring new audiences to our femme fatale," says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.
Of course, there will be variant covers galore to celebrate Vampy's birthday. The main cover is by Jay Anacleto and others will be illustrated by Joe Jusko, Art Adams, and Fabiano Neves. Fans that pre-order the comic from their local shop will receive a special "Warren Years Homage" subscription cover by David Roach. The first issue of Vampirella: Feary Tales will debut in October.
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