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In the 41st century, government agent Barbarella finds herself in a war zone, where the theocratic rulers of Parosia arrest and imprison her. Once she knows what the Parosians do to their own citizens Barbarella decides to make this fight her own... Jean-Claude Forest created the character of Barbarella in 1962, but it was the 1968 film starring Jane Fonda that cemented the character for all time as an icon of science fiction and the sexual revolution. We like the look of this new series, and especially the fine and each-one-different variant covers.
Forest created Barbarella for the French V Magazine in spring 1962, and in 1964 Eric Losfeld published these strips as a stand-alone book, titled Barbarella. The book caused a scandal and became known as the first "adult" (pornographic) comic-book, though its eroticism was slight and the American erotic comic-books known as "Tijuana bibles" had long predated it. For her creator, the character embodied the modern, emancipated woman in the era of sexual liberation, and as a result, this literary work has come to be associated with the mid-twentieth-century sexual revolution.
In 1966 the somewhat notorious U.S. publisher Grove Press translated it and published it, first in the French format of an oversized hardcover. In 1968, finally did a more conventional softcover edition which was wildly popular, sporting Jane Fonda on the cover to tie into the film. We handled this edition for many years, one of the staples of graphic novels.
The 1968 film, directed by Roger Vadim, sent Barbarella to find scientist Durand Durand, whose positronic ray could destroy humanity. Vadim, who had been a fan of the comics, wanted to adapt one of them to film. He attempted to cast several actors in the title role (including Virna Lisi, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren) before choosing his then wife, Jane Fonda. A friend of Vadim's, Terry Southern, wrote the screenplay.
The film was particularly popular in the United Kingdom, where it was the year's second-highest-grossing film (after The Jungle Book). Contemporary film critics praised Barbarella's visuals and cinematography, but found its storyline weak after the first few scenes. Although several attempts at sequels, remakes and other adaptations have been planned, none have entered production.
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Item Code BAR01P Publisher Dynamite Publish Date 2017 Adult Rating Mature Readers Binding Comic Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 32pg ea Color Full Color