Review: Vampirella Archives Volume 10
Written by Roger McKenzie, Gerry Boudreau, Bruce Jones, Cary Bates, Nicola Cuti, Bill DuBay, Michael Fleisher, Bud Lewis, Esteban Maroto and Josep Toutain
Art by Araleon, Luis Bermejo, Joss Jodloman, Russ Heath, Esteban Maroto, Paul Neary, Alex Nino, Leopold Sanchez, Ramon Torrents, Jose Gonzalez, Leo Duranona, Jose Ortiz, and Gonzalo Mayo
Cover by Enrich
FC • 392 pages • $49.99 • Mature
Vampirella, horror hostess extraordinaire, welcomes you to the latest fear-fraught volume in the Vampirella Archives! Join the Daughter of Drakulon in over thirty terrifying tales from issues #65 through #71 of Vampirella Magazine, the acclaimed 1970s anthology. Many masters of the craft (including Jose Gonzalez, Bruce Jones, Gonzalo Mayo, Gerry Boudreau, and more) unleash vignettes like “The Mad King Drakulon,” “October Man,” and “Swamp Lovers,” each a vintage classic guaranteed to shiver the spine!
I am very hesitant to review a book that has such a hefty price tag, but the comics-oriented magazines of the 1970s were renowned for the quality of the artwork. Being magazines, many of them were free of the restrictions of the Comics Code Authority, and were able to explore more mature storytelling, especially horror, and artists were free to be more sensual in their depictions of people, and no character was more famous for this sensuality than Vampirella. When we got a preview copy of this book, I knew I had to review it, if for no reason other than to let you guys that would consider buying it know if it was worth dropping fifty dollars on.
The quality of storytelling is astounding. I’ve never been a fan of Vampirella, mainly because my first exposure to her was during the “Bad Girl” phase of the 1990s, and her current stuff, while well-written wouldn’t be enough to get me to buy it regularly if I was on a budget. If these stories had been my first exposure, then I would have been all over Vampirella. The other stories retain the same quality of art, although some of them lag in the writing department. Enough cannot be said of the level of artists used on these issues, and in a perfect world, they would be known by every comics fan.
Since the individual issues can be up to twenty dollars for a copy in decent condition, the value of this archives is easy to justify for someone who collects Vampirella magazines. However, if you want to get a full collection of the Vampirella Archives, you’re looking at over $500 retail. For those looking to collect them all, I’d recommend some kind of discounted ordering, and while that usually means Amazon, I’d really recommend getting what you can from your local comic shop.