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.