06/05/16 @ 2:52 am EST
In a new Writer 2 Writer interview from Dynamite
, Nancy Collins
talks with Corinna S. Bechko
about Miss Fury
#3 and Corinna admits she read Nancy’s work before tacklingAliens / Vampirella
. Cover is by Tula Lotay
, interiors by Jonathan Lau
.NANCY COLLINS: Can you give a quick explanation of who Marla Drake/Miss Fury is, for the benefit of those readers unfamiliar with the character and her history?CORINNA S. BECHKO:
Marla Drake has been around a long time – in fact, she’s one of the first heroes that wasn’t male. Add to that the fact that her creator is also a woman, and you have a pulp hero who is rather unusual for her time. In Tarpe Mills’ original, Marla is a wealthy socialite when she’s not fighting crime. I felt like something extra could be revealed about Marla if she had an interesting job, so I made that fact central to my story (in my take she designs ships) but I kept the high society aspects in the form of her closest friend and confidant as well as the setting of the last half of the arc.NC: How does your ‘take’ on the character differ from the Golden Age version? Did you have any knowledge of the original comic strip character before taking on the series?CSB:
I did know a bit about it – I was certainly aware of what Tarpe Mills had done with the character and the ground she broke (including scandalizing some newspapers by putting Marla in a bikini). I think the biggest difference in my take and the original is that my Marla is very focused on her career and her position as a woman who is always being questioned just for being good at what she does. The original Marla didn’t really have quite the same concerns in that department. But this probably says more about me than about the history of the character. When I think about it, a major through line in a lot of my work is how women navigate their workplaces. I’ve been lucky enough to work in fields that I care passionately about, and in an aspirational character like Miss Fury I guess I can’t help putting a little of that into her psyche.NC: How closely do you collaborate with your artist, Jonathan Lau?CSB:
It hasn’t been a super close collaboration, although we’ve gone back and forth about some ideas. Despite that, I feel he is totally in sync with what I was hoping to convey with the story. He’s upped the drama, the suspense, and the weird – all things that I was hoping would come across. In short, I couldn’t be happier that we had the chance to work together.NC: What—or who—is the talking black panther we see at the start of the story? And how does it tie in with Miss Fury?CSB:
Since there have been several iterations of Miss Fury, I wanted to make sure that this one was a little different, with more of a mystical/horror bent. To that end, I wanted to mix in a bit of mystery about where Marla gets her strength. And so I hoped to tell a duel story that would dovetail at the end of the arc, relating how Marla became Miss Fury, and how she adapts to that role. The cat is a big part of that.NC: Where, exactly, is the bulk of the story taking place? Is it Brazil or the United States?CSB:
The US. The flashbacks to Brazil are important though, since that’s where she met her friend Joao and got roped into the mystery at the heart of her New York problems.NC: Will Miss Fury be seeing more of the mysterious and debonair Joao?CSB:
Absolutely! He will play a pivotal role in the resolution of the mystery.NC: According to the intro inside the front cover, Miss Fury is set during the early days of the United States’ involvement in World War Two, when America’s women had to step up and fill in for the men who had volunteered or been drafted to fight in Europe and the South Pacific. If that’s the case, who would be her male masked-adventurer counterpart?CSB:
Hmm, hard choice! Maybe Doctor Fate in his earliest incarnations, since he has a mystical origin and decided to use it to fight crime.NC: How does writing Miss Fury differ from your work on Invisible Republic or Aliens/ Vampirella? What do you find interesting about the character and the world she operates in?CSB:
It’s quite a bit different from working on Invisible Republic, since that’s being built from the ground up and Miss Fury has a long history (as does Aliens – not to mention Vampirella). So even when I’m not using various parts of her original backstory, I try to be cognizant of it and not do anything against the spirit of the original. For instance, the original Miss Fury was smart and capable and had a cat named Peri-Purr. The Miss Fury I’m writing about is the same, even if she has a different job and doesn’t fight Nazis. Actually, before working on Aliens/Vampirella I read all of your run on Vampirella. You made her so much fun to read and I just loved her attitude. I think it’s important to keep elements like that intact, even if I’m changing everything else. Vampirella in particular has been written many different ways, but your take seemed so right that I thought about it constantly while I was writing my crossover. I’ve been really lucky on both Miss Fury and Aliens/Vampirella in that I was encouraged to set the stories in the places that made the most sense for them. I love New York and have read a lot about the history of the city, so putting Miss Fury into that kind of pulp milieu just seemed right to me.
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05/17/19 @ 1:31 pm EST
Dynamite is making a giant splash in July 2019 with a new Vampirella series by top tier creators like Christopher Priest, as well as reprints and collections of highly sought after recent and classic material, and lots of special items for fans. But in addition to celebrating the 50 years of Vampi, Dynamite looks to the future of Vampirella comics with a blank comic for aspiring creators!
Dynamite is offering the Vampirella Blank Comic Book. This standard length comic book sports sketch-quality blank interior pages and a cover with just logo treatment. Dynamite is embracing the extraordinary talents of their fanbase and the comics community to experiment and produce their own Vampi stories.
People can take on the project solo or collaborate with friends to write, draw, ink, color and letter a full length story. Or split up the pages for an anthology in the vein of the original magazine. Another challenge would be to follow the famous 24-hour comic challenge. An artist drawing in this book could be the next José González, Amanda Conner, Mike Mayhew or Ergün Gündüz, finding themselves professionally drawing the Daughter of Drakulon someday. Or writing, in the footsteps of Archie Goodwin, Kurt Busiek, Mark Millar or Christopher Priest.
05/17/19 @ 1:26 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces its Editorial and Sales team will embark once more on a journey to the Diamond Retailer Summit and that special covers will be available to retailers.
Joseph Rybandt, Executive Editor and Patrick O'Connell, Sales Manager will be at the summit to present to and speak with retailers about all of Dynamite's exciting recent and upcoming releases and initiatives. Including discussion of the upcoming Vampirella #1 written by Christopher Priest, the crossover with Archie Comics and an upcoming series by Gail Simone!
At the Dynamite booth, participating retailers will be able to receive four limited edition covers for Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica. Upcoming Vampirella ongoing artist Ergün Gündüz illustrated a cover with the four fan-favorite heroines taking a selfie together. Dressed and virgin versions of the cover will be available. In addition to high-end premium $50 virgin cover editions of the Fay Dalton and Cat Staggs variants.
"We love our retail partners in the industry. The ones attending the Diamond Seminar are taking time out of being in their stores and investing their time and money to be at the show. Dynamite is honored to be able to present our upcoming publishing schedule and all the exciting projects we have for the rest of this year, going into 2020! We want to thank them for coming by in giving away multiple items to help them recoup some of their expenses," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher.
05/16/19 @ 2:28 pm EST
Fwoosh! What sound effect does a boomerang make? Find out this August when Dynamite releases THE DEATH-DEFYING 'DEVIL #1 by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani! The Master of Courage returns!
The nearly 80-year-old legendary superhero returns in a miniseries from Eisner-nominated writer Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Domino) and her longtime artistic collaborator Walter Geovani (Red Sonja, Clean Room). Colorist Adriano Augusto (Red Sonja/Tarzan, KISS: Blood & Stardust) and prolific letterer Simon Bowland (Red Sonja, The Boys) round out the cast.
In this yarn inspired by Rod Serling, Bronze Age horror/mystery anthologies, and modern street-level heroics, the 'Devil finds himself beaten and bloodied in the backyard of a ramshackle apartment building. The diverse cast of tenants take him in and across each issue they are explored in-depth. Each has their own unique problems, while a strange force also menaces the building as a whole. The 'Devil makes it his mission to solve all of these puzzles, even when he learns that one of his new neighbors is a traitor.
A whole legion of painterly artists are contributing covers to this blockbuster series. Riccardo Federici (Aquaman, Dark Nights Metal: Dark Knights Rising) leads the pack, Tyler Kirkham (Deathstroke, Green Lantern, Teen Titans) has some fun with a spray effect, Ben Oliver (American Carnage) turns in a playing card-inspired cover featuring the villain Deadly Dreaded Dragon, while fan-favorites Lucio Parillo (Vampirella, Red Sonja) and In-Hyuk Lee (Black Order, Spider-Geddon) strike iconic heroic poses. As a throwback for Project Superpowers fans, a special incentive "Carve Out" cover features Alex Ross's history-making depiction.
Read More Here
05/16/19 @ 1:53 pm EST
Tick! Tick! Tick! Tock! The Jose Gonzalez Vampirella statue Kickstarter celebrating the iconic heroine's 50th Anniversary ends tonight! You have just hours left to support the campaign or increase your pledge to get even more awesome rewards!
The campaign ends at 11 PM EST! Pledge Now!
Thanks to all who have pledged already and continued to unlock stretch goal after stretch goal! Last night tons of new backers joined in and now every statue box will include a promo trading card depicting how the original Gonzalez/Torres masterpiece has translated to the third dimension!
Don't forget all the amazing options for rewards beyond the central statue! Enamel pins, deluxe art books, graphic novels, the hardcover Vampirella archives! And any combination - message us on Kickstarter and we can arrange add-ons and special personalized reward packages!
05/14/19 @ 10:37 pm EST
We need to express a HUGE thanks to all the passionate Vampirella fans and backers who have supported this Kickstarter! Your continued support has floored us at Dynamite and we've continued to upgrade and expand the campaign for you! We've got a 3rd stretch goal to announce early today! Maybe the last? Never say never!
Once we pass the current - and so close! - stretch goal of $25,000, the new stretch goal will be set at $30,000. For unlocking this level, a special premium promo trading card will be included in every statue box! The card, celebrating Vampi's 50th year, will depict a final photographed statue on one side and the original Jose Gonzalez and Enrich Torres painting on the reverse. Pledge now and don't wait until the last second!
Help Unlock the 3rd (!) Stretch Goal! The campaign ends this Thursday, May 16th at 11 PM EST.
Support the 50th Anniversary Jose Gonzalez Vampirella statue Kickstarter to get your rewards early and with added value. Statue collectors are also guaranteed lower numbers in the production run. In addition to the previously unlocked stretch goals of a bonus digital Vampirella: Feary Tales graphic novel and the limited edition Gonzalez Vampi print.
To support the campaign, visit: Jose Gonzalez Vampirella Statue!!
05/14/19 @ 9:52 pm EST
There are just a couple days left on the 50th Anniversary Jose Gonzalez Vampirella statue Kickstarter! We have a few updates to share with backers and those still on the fence! Pledge now!
Check out these new photos of the statue! We want to get the final 3D piece as close to Gonzalez's original piece as possible and have been comparing and listening to feedback. With a few tweaks, this is what Vampi looks like right now! The final final version may differ with even more improvements!
05/14/19 @ 2:24 pm EST
We are blown away every day as we watch the Kickstarter campaign rise and rise! We got funded, then blew past the first stretch goal! Now we are sooo close to passing the second stretch goal and we have a way for you to help!
For a chance to win the J. Scott Campbell Women of Dynamite Vampi statue, share a post on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) with your friends and followers using the hashtag #VampiStatueKS, tagging @DynamiteComics and sharing this link http://bit.ly/2JfyxJX to show everyone the current Jose Gonzalez statue Kickstarter! You can send out the message once a day until this Thursday at 10 PM EST.
Here's a suggested sample post: Check out the @DynamiteComics Jose Gonzalez Vampirella statue on @kickstarter right now!
Head to their page to see how to enter the #VampiStatueKS contest too!
More rules and details can be found on our website here.
Help make the final push to the stretch goal on Kickstarter now!
We're so close to passing the $25,000 stretch goal - pledge now! The current goal is for a limited edition 8.5" by 11" print of a gorgeous Jose Gonzalez Vampi piece. It is a color version of the frontispiece used in Vampirella #39 from 1975. Add this jaw dropping work of art to your collection!
To support the campaign, visit: Vampirella 50th Anniversary Statue by Jose Gonzalez!
05/10/19 @ 12:45 pm EST
We did it, first stretch goal unlocked! *Sound effect* All backers of the Jose Gonzalez Vampirella Kickstarter will now receive the digital graphic novel Vampirella: Feary Tales. Thanks to support from fans like you! Or you specifically! Thanks, you! Let's keep the fun rolling! It's time for another stretch goal! You ready?
At a not-so-far benchmark of $25,000, every pledge receiving physical items will also get a bonus Jose Gonzalez Vampirella print. This 8.5" by 11" Limited Edition Print on a high quality heavy stock paper is a full color masterpiece done as a recreation of his black and white frontispiece pinup for Vampirella #39. The classic pose captures Vampi's timeless beauty as well as her radiating confidence. Check it out below! Also see the original piece. More details on Pepe's legendary pinups and later Vampirella pieces can be found in the 250-page deluxe hardcover The Art of Jose Gonzalez,which is available in multiple tiers on the Kickstarter. Including the rare model photo used as reference for this print!
Check Out the Campaign to Help Unlock this Special Print! Go go go!
05/09/19 @ 12:58 pm EST
05/03/19 @ 6:01 pm EST
The Vampirella fanbase never fails to impress us at Dynamite! The Jose Gonzalez statue was funded in less than 24 hours! Dynamite thanks everyone who has supported the campaign and we have our first stretch goal to announce. There's still plenty of time to preorder your statue and other goodies.
Check Out the Statue & Other Rewards Now!
For the first stretch goal, once the campaign passes $21,000 all backers of the campaign will receive a digital copy of the Vampirella: Feary Tales graphic novel. This anthology title replicates the feel of the original Warren magazine in its heyday, with a bounty of Vampi tales in each issue. The series was created to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Vampirella, and now here we are 5 years later! Fan favorite horror and comics writer Nancy A. Collins leads the pack, as this miniseries serves as a perfect companion to her run on the 2014 ongoing series. Also contributing stories to Feary Tales are Gail Simone (Red Sonja, Wonder Woman), Joe R. Lansdale (Bubba Ho-Tep, Jonah Hex), Steve Bissette (Swamp Thing), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), and Devin Grayson (Batman, Nightwing).
In other graphic novel greatness, the painstakingly restored and remastered deluxe hardcover Vampirella Archives are available in multiple reward tiers, with statues and separately. A starter set of the first 5 volumes includes all the prime era of Jose Gonzalez, such as his collaborations with the legendary writer/editor Archie Goodwin (Batman, Iron Man) and the introduction of most major supporting characters. Beyond the gorgeous Gonzalez Vampi within, also included are countless timeless tales from some of the greatest comic ...