The Vampirella Cover That Offended – And The Trans Charity Donations Being Made As A Result


Vampirella is a character which has had a controversial history.  Created by Forrest J Ackerman and Trina Robbins as a horror story hostess, she became a story character in her own right, published by Warren, then Harris after bankruptcy and after a legal tussle, now Dynamite. The character has been repeatedly criticised over her skimpiest of bathing costume suits, though a recent rebrand and covering up didn't hold. Dynamite recently relaunched the series with the very classy creative team of Paul Cornell and Jimmy Broxton.

But a variant cover for May's solicitations for Vampirella #3 caused some consternation when published on Bleeding Cool two days ago, and the writer and publisher were soon involved.

Paul then blogged a full explanation and apology….

I Apologise

…telling us,

I'll be donating my script fee for the issue to Trans Lifeline.  It's a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people.  It's US and Canada only, so I'll be seeking out a charity that operates in the rest of the world to add to my list of Lent causes this year, all of which will be causes that are suffering in the current political climate.

Expect something from Dynamite too.


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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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