Saturday, July 31, 2010
The Debutante From Draculon!
Above is Tom Sutton's original for the luscious splash page from the very first Vampirella story from 1969. Forry Ackerman wrote this nutty tongue-in-cheek space fest, creating a very lighthearted vampire, a voluptuous innocent with a bizarre background for sure.
To see the whole story check below, or to see it on Tom Sutton's original pages go to this link.
This is the iconic pose created by Frank Frazetta for the debut issue. But what I just recently learned was that Frazetta was called in to create this piece to replace the cover below by Aslan, rejected because apparently Vampi was too pale. That rejected cover art was eventually used on the 1972 annual. You can see the somewhat more frivolous Vampi tone evident in this rejected cover, whereas Frazetta added his singular gift of sex appeal to his version.
We know of course that eventually Vampi would get a more serious approach, specifically written by Archie Goodwin and others and drawn magnificently by Jose Gonzalez, but this first Vampi story has a vivacious charm all its own.
And here's Forry flanked on either side by two real-world incarnations of his space vampiress.