Not only did the Daughter of Drakulon turn 50 this summer, but another popular, powerful woman also celebrated a milestone. Billy Tucci’s Shi turns 25 and Dynamite Comics has launched an Indiegogo campaign for a special, creator-exclusive cover for Vampirella #1 featuring Vampirella and Shi.
The crowdfunding campaign went live on Wednesday and in 24 hours already reached its funding goal. This limited special team-up cover is yet another reason to check out Christopher Priest‘s and Ergun Gunduz‘s new, record-breaking Vampi series.
Tucci is an award-winning writer, artist, and publisher whose creation Shi placed him as a top creator for independent comics in 1994. Through his publisher Crusade Fine Arts, Shi has been printed in five languages and sold over three million comic books. Top Cow’s Witchblade and David Mack’s Kabuki initially appeared in Shi comics before breaking out as successful franchises as well. In addition, Shi has crossed over with Daredevil, Wolverine, and Lady Death.
Tucci and Shi both have long histories with Vampirella. In 1997 Warren Ellis wrote two companion one-shots teaming up the two characters, which was then followed by the three part arc “Queen’s Gambit” in Vampirella’s flagship series of the time, written by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar, and drawn by Amanda Conner. Tucci has done covers for the prestige Vampirella miniseries Death & Destruction, Vampirella & The Scarlet Legion, and the recent Roses for the Dead by Joseph Michael Linsner.
“I’ve had the honor to be associated with Vampirella many times since I first broke into comics 25 years ago,” said Tucci. “This cover not only celebrates Vampirella’s 50th anniversary, but also the 25th anniversary of my own creation, Shi.”
There are a few different options available to suit your budget and personal style. All copies have already been printed and made available to fans in extremely limited quantities on a first-come-first-serve basis. The base cover features an original by Tucci with logos and full gorgeous colors by Wes Hartman. There are also variations such as a logo-less “virgin” cover, dressed “black and white,” “black and white virgin,” and even a premium “Pure Line Art” edition reproducing Tucci’s flawless original pencil art (only 300 copies available). Super fans can opt for a combo pack with four base covers, one with all four signed, or a signed line art cover.
Finally, the cover image is also set to become a high-end 18” x 24” lithograph. Choose signed or unsigned.