This year marks the 45th anniversary of Vampirella and Dynamite is marking the occasion with a new anthology series Vampirella: Feary Tales. Issue one of the series kicks off with regular series writer Nancy A. Collins.
"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 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."
Collins assembled a team of today's most accomplished writers to contribute "twisted tales, bizarre bedtime stories, and fearsome fables" in the tradition of the classic Warren Vampirella magazine publications. In Feary Tales, a dimensional rift traps Vampirella in an alternate dimension where an enigmatic Storyteller forces her to live out classic tales of terror and whimsy, providing the context for a wealth of creative interpretations of the beloved character.
"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."
Devin Grayson (Nightwing) and John Shirley (The Crow) join Collins on Vampirella: Feary Tales #1. In the debut issue, Vampirella is surprised to discover herself married to an infamous wife-killer in "Bluebeard's Blood" (Grayson), and then finds herself both the belle and the bête of the ball in "Cinderella? Vampirella!" (Shirley). Artists on issue #1 include Jack Jadson, Ronilson Freire, and Elmo Eklabuz.
Subsequent issues will include writers Gail Simone, Stephen R. Bisette, and Denis St. John (issue #2); Elaine Lee and Joe R. Lansdale (#3); Stuart Moore and Eric Trautmann (#4); and Steve Niles (#5).
Vampirella: Feary Tales #1 with a variety of covers by Jay Anacleto, Joe Jusko, Art Adams, and Fabiano Neves; and a "Warren Years Homage" cover by David Roach.
Vampirella: Feary Tales #1 will be in the August Previews catalog and slated for release in October.