We are continuing our exclusive look at the books Dynamite is soliciting for August and this time we turn the spotlight on the women. We have two trades below, the first collecting Dejah of Mars by Mark Rahner and Jethro Morals and the second collecting classic Vampirella stales by Don McGregor, Bruce Jones, Jose Gonzalez, Esteban Maroto and many more. There was a lot of amazing art in those older Vampirella stories.
There are also two individual comics listed. The third issue of Kate Leth and Eman Casallos’ take on Vampirella and the final issue of Corinna Bechko and Jonathan Lau’s Miss Fury Vol. 2.
For those not familiar with the character of Miss Fury, she debuted in a comic strip in 1941 by female artist Tarpe Mills and was one of the earliest super heroines in print. Unlike most of the heroines of the era, Miss Fury wears a panther skin costume once used as a ceremonial robe of an African Witch Doctor. How she ended up as a hero is interesting. Her real name is Marla Drake, a wealthy socialite, who was shocked to discover that another woman was going to wear the same costume she was going to wear to a party. Drake’s housemaid suggested she wear the panther skin that Drake was left by her uncle. Drake of course never made it to the party, ending up involved in an adventure and a new life of a duel identity.
Her origin may be classic 1940’s comics, but her outfit was unique being one of the first heroines to wear something other than a basic swimsuit like Wonder Woman. Mills choosing to go skintight instead of skin exposed.
DEJAH OF MARS Trade Paperback
Cover: Jay Anacleto
Writer: Mark Rahner
Art: Jethro Morales
John Carter, the hero from Earth, has disappeared. Before he vanished, he assaulted loyal Heliumite guards and stole an ancient artifact. Now, Dejah Thoris — the Princess of Mars and beloved wife to the fugitive champion — must investigate his mysterious course of action and save him from the death penalty. No matter how ruthless or reckless she must be, Dejah Thoris will stop at nothing to prove his innocence… and in so doing, will stir up a far-ranging conspiracy and earn the enmity of a madman called the Red Reaper!
MISS FURY VOL. 2 #5 (OF 5)
Cover A: Tula Lotay
Cover B: Jonathan Lau
Writer: Corinna Bechko
Art: Jonathan Lau
Marla must choose her fate as past and future collide. Is she Marla Drake, friend and co-worker, or Miss Fury, a creature of dark power and fierce retribution? The answer lies far from land as the Minor Key seeks to unlock an apocalypse they can’t control, forcing Miss Fury to confront the mysterious force coiled within her. Will she learn to harness it in time, or will all of New York pay the price?
VAMPIRELLA VOL. 3 #6 (OF 6)
Cover A: Chrissie Zullo
Cover B: Sergio Davila
Writer: Kate Leth
Art: Eman Casallos
After the harrowing conclusion of our first arc, Vampirella needs a break – not that it means she’ll get one! A horror hostess gig goes awry in this stand-alone adventure tale of Weird Hollywood! “If you’ve never read a Vampirella comic, there’s never been a better time to dive in!” – Jesse Schedeen, IGN.
VAMPIRELLA ARCHIVES VOL. 15 Hardcover
Writer: David Allikas, Gerry Boudreau, Nicola Cuti, Bill DuBay, Michael Fleisher, Bruce Jones, Rich Margopoulos, Don McGregor
Art: Auraleon, Enrich, Jose Gonzalez, Martin Hoffman, Esteban Maroto, Gonzalo Mayo, Rudy Nebres, Jose Ortiz, Leopold Sanchez, Sanjulian
What terrors lurk within the final volume of the Vampirella Archives? The incomparable horror hostess offers you a guided tour of the Warren Publishing library, presenting the era’s greatest anthology of horror and science fiction by such comics luminaries as Bill DuBay, Gonzalo Mayo, Rich Margopoulos, José Gonzalez, Luis Bermejo, Nicola Cuti, Bruce Jones, and many more.
This edition of Vampirella Archives collects Vampirella Magazine #104-112, and features a wealth of bonus materials from a bygone era, including the “Feary Tales” feature on urban legends, the monthly “Scarlet Letters” column, “Vampi’s Vault” of creator biographies and literary reviews, and intact vintage advertisements.