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VAMPIRELLA TURNS 50 WITH NEW ONGOING SERIES

Vampirella turns 50 this year and she looks pretty good for her age. To celebrate, Dynamite Entertainment is launching a brand new ongoing series, coinciding with the same day and date as her first appearance in 1969, which also happens to be the first day of San Diego Comic Con.

Although the big event is in July, fans will get an early look of the new Vampirella series at a Free Comic Book Day #0 issue on May 4th. Writer Christopher Priest is onboard with artist Ergün Gündüz. Lettering will be handled by Willie Schubert.

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"This version of Vampirella is set in the real world, as real as I'm allowed to make it," said Christopher Priest. "What if an alien from another planet were stranded here? What if that alien looked like one of the Kardashians and wore barely any clothing at all? And had fangs, drank blood and sprouted bat wings? We'd assume she was a vampire. But she's not a creature of occult origins. She's a Martian who's now stuck here with us idiots who stereotype her as this THING because she looks and functions a certain way. That would seem to be an allegory for how we treat each other; for racism, xenophobia, homophobia and religious persecution."

"Priest's powerful storytelling pierced through my heart like a stake," said artist Ergün Gündüz. "The story is so thrilling and delightful that I've set my hand free, it's drawing by itself. Neither I nor readers can have enough of this Vampirella."

"I'm having a blast writing this thing and artist Ergün Gündüz is an absolute gift to me.” added Priest. “His intuition, sensitivity, and stellar sequential art chops are simply amazing; a refreshing break from the superhero house style. His amazing color rendering takes the work to an even higher level, making me look and sound smarter than I actually am."

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Dynamite has a slew of covers in store for Vampirella #1 including a wraparound cover by Frank Cho, a cosplayer cover featuring Erica Fett, and Adam Hughes recreating his own cover in an homage to 1992's Vampirella #1 as an incentive variant. Other covers by Alex Ross, Joe Jusko, and Guillem March are also available, plus a limited edition Sanjulian variant.

“Priest is a guy who loves to challenge conventions, that’s part of what makes him so great. As a kid, though, I’m sure he drove his mother insane," said Senior Editor Matt Idelson. "This series is definitely going to challenge the readers, but not in a not-entertaining way. It’s been a blast to work on so far, and having a year-long plan with seeds being planted from the outset and watching them grow as we go along is incredibly fun and satisfying, and I think it’ll be that way for the readers as well. And I can’t say enough good things about Ergün. The quality of his work is pretty self-evident, and his storytelling and attention to detail are magnificent. I’m honestly in heaven working with this team.”

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“Priest is a guy who loves to challenge conventions, that’s part of what makes him so great. As a kid, though, I’m sure he drove his mother insane," said Senior Editor Matt Idelson. "This series is definitely going to challenge the readers, but not in a not-entertaining way. It’s been a blast to work on so far, and having a year-long plan with seeds being planted from the outset and watching them grow as we go along is incredibly fun and satisfying, and I think it’ll be that way for the readers as well. And I can’t say enough good things about Ergün. The quality of his work is pretty self-evident, and his storytelling and attention to detail are magnificent. I’m honestly in heaven working with this team.”

"This is a truly historic moment for Vampirella and Dynamite as each celebrates a landmark anniversary year in 2019!  I have wanted to work with Christopher Priest forever and we had talked about it for years, but with his workload he couldn't commit to a project. Finally, knowing that to get him I had to talk to him face to face, I drove up to see him at Terrificon, and basically said 'this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write the new Vampirella series for her 50th Anniversary. Give it some thought on your flight home. You're either in or out, and I hope you're in. I know you'll do her justice' and thankfully, he said yes," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "Everyone knows, and if they don't they should know, that Christopher is one of the most brilliant writers in the industry, and it's a pleasure to treat fans to his inspired take on Vampirella. His story is fresh and inspired and he is taking her to places she's never been. Priest's body of work will stand the test of time like few others. I cannot think of many artists who can complement Priest's scripts as well as Ergün does with his incredible execution. It truly is an honor to be working with these talented creators - a high water mark in my career."

Vampirella #1 is set for release in July 2019.

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