New York Comic Con Announcement: Dynamite Entertainment has announced that the sexy science fiction comic book heroine Barbarella, created by Jean-Claude Forest in 1962, is returning to comics in all-new adventures that Dynamite will publish in 2017, as part of the character’s 55th Anniversary.  The Dynamite Barbarella comics, the first ever from an American publisher, will be supervised by Jean-Marc Lofficier, who worked with Forest in the 1990s on a Barbarella sequel.

American audiences are mostly likely to link the character of Barbarella with Jane Fonda’s portrayal in Roger Vadim’s 1968 live-action film, which, like the comics had done in France, announced quite unequivocally that the “sexual revolution” had arrived (if only in sci-fi movies and comics).  The addition of Barbarella gives Dynamite quite a stable of comic book heroines with dedicated series, a group that also includes Red Sonya, Dejah Thoris, and Vampirella.

Humanoids released a collection of the original French Barbarella comics with a new translation by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel) in a limited edition hardcover in 2014 (see “Barbarella Returns”), and has a new lower-priced ($24.95) hardcover edition of the same material set for this December (see “Humanoids’ Fall Releases”).

Dynamite plans to launch its all-new Barbarella comic book series in 2017.  Look for announcements concerning the creative personnel involved over the next few months—and check out the Barbarella art in the Gallery below.