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Barbarella (comics)

Barbarella
Barbarella le Semble-Lune (1977), published by Pierre Horay. Cover art by Jean-Claude Forest.
Character information
Created by Jean-Claude Forest
In-story information
Full name Barbarella
Formats Original material for the series has been published as a strip in the comics anthology(s) V-Magazine, Evergreen Review and Heavy Metal and a set of graphic novels.
Genre
Publication date 1962 – 1964
Creative team
Writer(s) Jean-Claude Forest
Artist(s) Jean-Claude Forest
Creator(s) Jean-Claude Forest
Reprints
The series has been reprinted, at least in part, in English.

Barbarella is a fictional heroine in a French science fiction comic book created by Jean-Claude Forest.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Characters 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • Popular culture 4
  • Adaptations 5
  • Notes 6
  • Sources 7
  • External links 8

History

Jean-Claude Forest created the character of Barbarella for Wolinski's Paulette (1971). Works in this trend outside of France include Phoebe Zeit-Geist (1965) and Vampirella (1969) in the USA; Modesty Blaise (1963) in the UK; and, Valentina (1965) and Angiolini's Isabella (1966) in Italy.[1]

Characters

  • Barbarella: A young woman who travels from planet to planet and has numerous adventures, often involving Roger Vadim directed a 1968 film adaptation that starred Jane Fonda.
  • Duran: A one-eyed old man who helps Barbarella.
  • Pygar: A blind 'angel' guided by Barbarella, he is the last of the ornithanthropes (bird-men).
  • La Reine noire (The Black Queen): A villainess who reigns in the town of Sogo, surrounded by a maze, on the planet Lythion.
  • Lio: A brown-haired teenage girl saved by Barbarella who must save the town governed by her father in Les Colères du mange-minutes. (The chanteuse Lio drew her stage name from this character.)
  • Mado: Female prostitute robot (gynoïde), whose "breakdown" Barbarella repairs.
  • Narval: An "aiguiote" (aquatic man) who comes from Citerne IV to complete his scientific research in Les Colères du mange-minutes.
  • L'artiste: A self-portrait of Jean-Claude Forest. Named Browningwell in Semble Lune, he and Barbarella have a child together.

Bibliography

  • Barbarella (originally serialized in V-Magazine, 1962; book by Eric Losfeld, 1964)
  • Les Colères du Mange-Minutes [The Wrath of the Minute Eater] (Kesselring, 1974)
  • Le Semble-Lune [The False Moon] (Horay, 1977, ISBN 2-7058-0045-X)
  • Le Miroir aux Tempêtes [The Storm Mirror] (Albin Michel, 1982) (art by Daniel Billon, ISBN 2-226-01441-1)[2]

The stories have been reprinted by Dargaud and Les Humanoïdes Associés.

Barbarella also guest-stars in Mystérieuse, Matin, Midi et Soir [Mysterious, Morning, Noon And Evening] (originally serialized in Pif, 1971; book edition by Serg, 1972)

Barbarella was translated into English by Richard Seaver and published in the Evergreen Review (#37-39, 1965–1966) and Heavy Metal (vol. 1 #11 through vol. 2 #3, 1978).

Popular culture

1980s pop band Duran Duran takes its name from a character in the 1968 film Barbarella: Barbarella's mission in the film is to find a scientist named Durand Durand (pronounced "Duran Duran").[3]

Adaptations

Notes

  1. ^ Favari (1996) pp.112-3
  2. ^ Page at Bedetheque.com
  3. ^
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Sources

  • Favari, Pietro (1996) Le nuvole parlanti: un secolo di fumetti tra arte e mass media

External links

  • Official website
  • Barbarella at the Grand Comics Database
  • Barbarella at the Comic Book DB
  • Barbarella at Bedetheque (French)
  • (Dargaud)Barbarella at Bedetheque (French)
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