One HOT vampire lady . . .
Vampirella was created in 1969 by Forrest J. Ackerman for Warren Publishing's black and white horror anthology magazine of the same name.
In her first tale, Vampirella was an inhabitant of the planet Drakulon, which had blood instead of water, which gave rise to a race of Vampiric Human Aliens
. After arriving on Earth, Vampi devoted herself to fighting evil of all kinds, as well as falling in love with one Adam Van Helsing.
The series was revived in The Nineties
by Harris Publications.
Now her adventures are published by Dynamite Entertainment.
Vampirella herself is an example of:
- Action Girl / Dark Action Girl
- Dark Is Not Evil: Vampi may give off the vibe of a sexy, evil creature, but she only saves her rage for the bad guys.
- Failure Hero: In her original magazine, Vampirella rarely saved the day. Often she was incapacitated until the end of the issue, only being revived to kill the bad guy. Most of her stories ether featured, the problem resolving itself, a secondary character doing the majority of the work, and in some cases Vampirella was even the problem herself. This is not the case for the later series, where she takes a dominate role.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Vampirella is probably one of the earliest examples of a vampire protagonist, created well over twenty years before they became more common.
- Meaningful Name: Obvious. Nah, not really! Also used in-story: In the Warren classic "Deaths Dark Angel", villain W.W.Wade composed a classical Xanatos selfmate when he supposed Vampirellas bite would make him immortal. It didn't.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Lady in Red
- Most Common Superpower
- Stripperific: Her signature red outfit, complete with Absolute Cleavage.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods
- Weirdness Censor: Very few people seem to notice or remark on her omnipresent red outfit, and when they do it's quickly handwaved.
- Back from the Dead: Completely absent in the Warren times. Often enough in the Harris run (up to the point that the last time the creators killed her, afterwards they didn't even bother to properly revive her). Dynamite yet had no opinion on the matter.
The comic contains:
- Continuity Snarl: Three different comic companies didn't make it better. If you haven't noticed yet, you probably were too busy staring at her costume.
- In the Warren years, the origin was that she was from another planet, Drakulon. In the Harris years this was changed to her being the daughter of Lilith but there were multiple variations even during that one company which varied on such facts as whether Lilith repented, what her reason was for raising Vampirella as good assuming she didn't repent, whether Lilith was in the Garden of Eden or in Hell, and some minor details such as where Vampirella's costume comes from.
- Hurricane of Puns: Big time in the early issues, much less later.
- No Periods, Period: Played strictly for the lulz (Vampirella of all would know, and Pantha is a werefeline, so Vampirella can't mean it seriously) in the issue with the Russ Meyer homage "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" (yes, the title is identical) where Vampirella remarks to a raging Pantha "It's that time of the month, right?"
- Tentacle Rope: Played seriously in the Warren times - those were horror comics after all, even if not under the restriction of the Comics Code. A monster is conjured to "handle" the witch Fleur, but due to plot twists, it gets the wrong girl and "handles" the butt-ugly brothel chief. Monster, bitterly complaining: "This is...girl?"
- Translation With An Agenda: A strange thing occurred in the first German run of the series. In cases, the translation completely ignored the English text and mangled the plots to comply with the likings of puberty youth with an IQ of 50. The guilty are still at large.
- Also, just for the trope, they called her the Blood Princess. (Hey, if Drac is a count...)
- Face-Heel Turn: The demoness Astaroth once was a benign fertility goddess of the Demeter kind and somewhere took a wrong moral turn at Albuquerque.
- Heel-Face Turn: Partly. When she possessed the character Cryssie Collins, Cryssie kinda possessed her back, to the result that she allied with Vampirella. (Even in this form Astaroth still was a Bad Girl, rest assured...)
- Put on a Bus: In the extreme early Warren comics, it was mentioned that Vampirella has a blonde twin named Draculina. She wasn't ever mentioned again (except in a retelling of Vampirellas origin, then under the name Vampyra). Dynamite by accident found the bus parked in a garage on Drakulon and reintroduced her into the story line.