September 5, 2014
The sexy space adventures of Barbarella have hit my radar recently with upcoming book releases, a new TV series, and the circulation of photo stills from the original movie set. Most fans are aware of the character through Jane Fonda's famous portrayal in the 1968 film directed by her then-husband Roger Vadim. Although I've enjoyed the movie for its Paco Rabanne-style fashion, the energy of the story and direction is quite lulling. Even with these behind-the-scenes images, with their provocative costuming, I'm not getting many clicks on the geiger counter. Barbarella may be best experienced in its original comic form. Humanoids is planning to release the Jean-Claude Forest comics in lovely duotone with a contemporary English-language adaptation by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel/Ms. Marvel, Avengers Assemble, Pretty Deadly) in deluxe coffee table and digital editions. Volume One comes out on September 24th, followed by Volume Two, The Wrath of the Minute-Eater, on January 7th. Gaumont International is currently producing a new Barbarella TV show. Cast and crew will be announced soon (series graphic below). Related books: The Adventures of Jodelle. Hey Spy Vibers, have you entered the current contest yet? I'm celebrating passing one-million visitors by giving away cool vintage prizes. Contest ends Sept 17th. Details here.
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