Most of the newer generation are not familiar with Barbarella. I have to admit, I didn’t know about the character myself until I stumbled across the VHS tape in the Sci-Fi section of a Blockbuster Video Store.
For those aforementioned newer generation folks, a VHS (Video Home System) tape was something movies were recorded to and played back on a VCR (Video Cassette Recorder). It had a hard plastic shell with a thin ribbon of film inside. The VCR ran this ribbon of film through it’s innards and displayed the movie on your TV. The film would spool from one side of the VHS tape to the other. This required you to rewind the tape to the original spool if you wanted to watch the movie again.
The phrase “Be Kind, Please Rewind” was developed to remind customers to rewind the rented VHS tape before returning it so the next customer could immediately begin watching the movie. Oh, and Blockbuster was a place us old people would visit to rent a movie to watch at home. This was before DVR, streaming, and On Demand.
I remember Barbarella being campy, yet entertaining. The President of Earth sends Barbarella out in space to retrieve Doctor Durand Durand. Trivia item for you, the rock group “Duran Duran” took their name from this movie.
Wait, if you don’t know about VHS, VCR, and Blockbuster then Duran Duran will be before your time as well. Just so you know, Duran Duran was the hottest group around when back then. Their videos were all over MTV back when MTV still showed music videos instead of crappy reality shows. Anyhoo, I digress. Barbarella is a good movie to watch if you have caught up on your DVR and Netflix and are looking for something entertaining to watch.
Dynamite Entertainment has announced they have obtained the license to publish all new comics starring Barbarella, the iconic French sci-fi character. Originally created by Jean-Claude Forest in 1962, Barbarella was made famous by Jane Fonda’s portrayal in the 1968 film of the same name. The new “Barbarella” comics, the first created by an American publisher, will be supervised by Jean-Marc Lofficier, who previously worked with Forest on a sequel series in the ’90s. “This is the first step in a multimedia approach designed to herald the return of Barbarella,” said Forest’s son, Julien Forest. “We are particularly happy and proud to take that step together with Dynamite, which has showed great respect for so many other classic characters.”
The new “Barbarella” will arrive from Dynamite in 2017 just in time to mark the character’s 55th anniversary. The new series will mark the character’s first appearance in comics since “Heavy Metal” presented English translations of the French comics in 1978.
Official Press Release
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT TO PRODUCE NEW COMICS STARRING SCIENCE FICTION’S ORIGINAL HEROINE, BARBARELLA!
FIRST AMERICAN PUBLISHER TO CREATE NEW MATERIAL ON ICONIC CHARACTER!
October 4, 2016, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Barbarella, the sexy science fiction heroine created by Jean Claude Forest in 1962, will return in all new comics and more in 2017 from Dynamite Entertainment in conjunction with her 55th anniversary!
The character was introduced at the heart of the sexual revolution of the 1960’s, and is forever ingrained in pop culture after Jane Fonda’s unforgettable portrayal in the 1968 film. She was a key figure in the fertile battleground of French comic books and the struggle for sexual freedom in the medium, and has not appeared in a new series since her last appearance in the legendary science fiction publication, Heavy Metal.
The new comics will be supervised by Jean-Marc Lofficier, who worked in the mid-90s with Jean-Claude Forest, the character’s creator, on a sequel project.
“This is the first step in a multimedia approach designed to herald the return of Barbarella,” says Jean-Claude’s son, Julien Forest. “We are particularly happy and proud to take that step together with Dynamite, which has showed great respect for so many other classic characters.”
“Barbarella will be right at home here at Dynamite alongside such heroines as Vampirella, Red Sonja, and Dejah Thoris,” says Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. “This is a day I have looked forward to since we started publishing! Jean Claude Forest’s creation has influenced pop culture from comics to music, and is long overdue for new adventures!”
“I’ve always been a fan of stories that have a real message hidden within an engaging and entertaining package. Barbarella’s message was about the freedom of self-expression, and while it sadly was missed by the majority of readers at the time, enough people figured it out for the character to endure,” says editor Matt Idelson. “Getting the chance to participate in creating new stories for an all-time (and all-time underappreciated) classic like Barbarella is beyond a dream come true!”
Look for updates on Dynamite’s upcoming Barbarella publishing program in the coming months, with a new series launch planned for 2017.