Man, let me tell you about the first time I saw Vampirella. I was walking through my local comic shop in downtown Chicago (Graham Cracker Comics stand up!) when suddenly, to my surprise, I saw the most scantily clad lady I’ve ever seen on a comic book cover (and that’s saying something). Noob, meet: Vampirella!
Even now, separating Vampirella and the stellar array of creators who have written the vampire’s vampire hunter over the years from red bikini cheesecake is a challenge. Is Vampirella an iconic comic book series with great stories, or pure fodder for teenage boys?
As usual, the answer is some muddled blend of both. Vampirella is a fascinating mix of science fiction and horror (she initially hails from a humanoid-vampire crossover race on Drakulon), with connections to all sorts of gothic legends, including Dracula himself. Similar to the Blade, Buffy, and Angel stories to come, Vampirella is in an ongoing battle with vampiric forces, despite her own connections.
Below you’ll find a complete guide to Vampirella comics since her origins, including the 2010’s move to publisher Dynamite Comics.
Collects: Vampirella (1969-1974 Magazine) #1-37
Vampirella got her start in a black-and-white horror magazine, both “hosting” an anthology of horror stories (a la “Tales From the Crypt”), and starring in her own lead tales. The character was created by Forrest Ackerman and Trina Robbins, with sustained development by Archie Goodwin and Jose Gonzalez.
Collects: Vampirella Monthly (1997-2000) #1-6, #13, Stories from Vampirella 25th Anniversary Special (1996) and Vampirella Strikes (1995) #6
The first part of the creator showcase “Masters Series” features the Vampirella stories of all-time great comic book writer Grant Morrison, alongside co-writer Mark Millar and artists like Amanda Connor, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Jae Lee.
Collects: Vampirella Lives (1996) #1-3, Vampirella 25th Anniversary Special (1996), and Vampirella/Dracula: The Centennial (1997)
Collects: “Nowheresville,” “Fear of Mirrors”
Collects: “New European” By Alan Moore & Gary Frank, “Vampirella Of Drakulon” By Forest Ackerman & Mark Texeira, “Looking For Mr. Goodwin” By Jeph Loeb And Tim Sale, “Sanctuary” By Christopher Priest And Alan Davis, “Lust For Life” By Ty Templeton And Bruce Timm, “The Killing Floor” By Steve Lieber, “Winter Rose” By Liam Sharp, “Matinee” By Michael Golden, “Fantasy Feast” By Jimmy Palmiotti And Amanda Conner, “Angel Of Mercy” By Hester And Segovia, and Kurt Busiek & Arthur Adams with “Bugs”
Collects: 1991 limited series “Morning In America”, Three Short Stories from “Vampirella Summer Nights Special” (1992), Vampirella (1993) #1 to #4
Collects: “Blood Lust,” Vampirella Vs. Dracula #1 to #6
Collects: Vampirella Vs. Pantha, By Mark Millar And Mark Texeira, and Two Classic Reprints From The Original Vampirella Magazine
Dynamite Comics Era – Vampirella Order
Collects: Vampirella #1 To #20, Vampirella Annual #1 To #2
Collects: Vampirella #21 To #38
Collects: Vampirella (2014) #1-13, Annual 2015, & Prelude To Shadows
Collects: Vampirella #1-7
Collects: Vampirella #8-11
Collects: Vampirella 12-20
Collects: Vampirella #21-26
Collects: Vampirella #27 To #31
Collects: Issues 32-38
Collects: Vampirella #1 To #6
Collects: Vampirella #7 To #13
Collects: Vampirella: Feary Tales #1-5
Collects: Vampirella Strikes #1-6
Collects: Legenderry Vampirella #1 to #5
Collects: Dawn / Vampirella #1 to #5
Collects: Vampirella (2016) #1 To #6
Collects: Vampirella (2017) #1 To #6
Collects: Vampirella (2017) #7 To #11
Collects: Aliens / Vampirella #1 to #6
Collects: Hack/Slash vs Vampirella #1 to #5