Zenescope is one of those publishers that hangs around the middle of the pack; they’ve been at it for a while, and if they don’t sell giant numbers or have household name hits, they are still at it, occasionally pacting with Discovery or putting out a kids line or doing something else to expand their line.
But the bread and butter that keeps Zenescope afloat is cheesecake — especially of the variant we like to call “loincloth comics.” It’s like the ’90s “Bad Girl” era never went away for GRIMM FAIRY TALES, their flagship title, which features skimpily clad girls thrusting their body parts at various fairy tale based characters on the covers. Sometimes tacky, but harmless.
Just how popular is this stuff? At the recently concluded C2E2, Zenescope released a special edition of issue #57 of the title by bad girl artist Eric Basaldua (also known as ebas). This is the regular cover by Joe Brusha and Pasquale Qualano.
And this is the special C2E2 variant:
But there was also a super duper, extra limited 250-copy “Naughty Variant” cover by Basaldua in which the comely lass is exploring new frontiers in naughtiness by making a rude gesture, wearing sunglasses and wearing even skimpier panties.
Copies of this variant are currently selling for over $150 on eBay.
Paging Wimbledon Green! Just who are these rabid collectors willing to shell out a benjamin for a little extra ass?
There’s gold in them thar panties!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.