Newsarama reports that Vampirella, the scantily-clad but long-running horror fixture, has been acquired by Fangoria’s fledgling comics line.
At the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors convention held this past weekend in San Jose, CA, Fangoria Comics Editor-in-Chief Scott Licina announced that the fledgling comic company had acquired the character of Vampirella, which had previously been at Harris Comics.
When asked if this was a licensing deal through Harris, Licina reiterated that it was an out and out acquisition of the character, and all future Vampirella comics would be coming out under the Fangoria Comics banner.
Vampirella was, of course, previously published by Harris Comics. Does this mean that Harris is out of the comics business entirely? What about the Vampirella archives, which go back to 1969? The character was created by Forrest J. Ackerman (with costume design by a young Trina Robbins) and was published as part of Warren’s early 70s B&W horror line before going to Harris in the 80s. Vampi hit paydirt with the variant-cover boom of the early 90s before settling in to more of a “guest appearance” spot at Harris. So, the character has a lot of history and staying power if nothing else.
UPDATE: Hm. We contacted Harris Executive Publisher Jonathan Rheingold for comment and he said the story is “Not factual.”
Well, when we said developing, we meant…DEVELOPING.