Vampirella was created in 1969 by Forrest J. Ackerman for Warren Publishing's black and white horror anthology magazine of the same name.
In her first tale, Vampirella was an inhabitant of the planet Drakulon, which had blood instead of water, which gave rise to a race of Vampiric Human Aliens. After arriving on Earth, Vampi devoted herself to fighting evil of all kinds, as well as falling in love with one Adam Van Helsing.
The series was revived in The Nineties by Harris Publications.
Now her adventures are published by Dynamite Entertainment.
Vampirella herself is an example of:
- Action Girl / Dark Action Girl
- Dark Is Not Evil: Vampi may give off the vibe of a sexy, evil creature, but she only saves her rage for the bad guys.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Vampi seems to use this to great effect against some opponents, though it tends to backfire against her with others, especially any of the guys who attack with tentacles or Vlad Dracula himself, who seem to be turned on to the fight by her sexiness and more able to defeat her because of it.
- Distressed Domina: Often. Especially where Naughty Tentacles attacks are involved. Even more so if her, uh, "boyfriend" Vlad Dracula is doing the attacking.
- Failure Hero: In her original magazine, Vampirella rarely saved the day. Often she was incapacitated until the end of the issue, only being revived to kill the bad guy. Most of her stories ether featured, the problem resolving itself, a secondary character doing the majority of the work, and in some cases Vampirella was even the problem herself. This is not the case for the later series, where she takes a dominate role.
- Femme Fatalons: Very, very long ones too. Like her fangs and her skimpy little red bikini or monokini, one of the signature hallmarks of her look.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Vampirella is probably one of the earliest examples of a vampire protagonist, created well over twenty years before they became more common.
- Go-Go Enslavement: Like, all the time, esp. when tentacles are involved.
- Meaningful Name: Obvious. Nah, not really! Also used in-story: In the Warren classic "Deaths Dark Angel", villain W.W.Wade composed a classical Xanatos selfmate when he supposed Vampirellas bite would make him immortal. It didn't.
- Lady in Red
- Most Common Superpower
- Stripperific: Her signature red outfit, complete with Absolute Cleavage.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods
- Weirdness Censor: Very few people seem to notice or remark on her omnipresent red outfit, and when they do it's quickly handwaved.
- Back From the Dead: Completely absent in the Warren times. Often enough in the Harris run (up to the point that the last time the creators killed her, afterwards they didn't even bother to properly revive her). Dynamite yet had no opinion on the matter.
The comic contains:
- Continuity Snarl: Three different comic companies didn't make it better. If you haven't noticed yet, you probably were too busy staring at her costume :-)
- A Worldwide Punomenon: Big time in the early issues, much less later.
- No Periods, Period: Played strictly for the lulz (Vampirella of all would know, and Pantha is a werefeline, so Vampirella can't mean it seriously) in the issue with the Russ Meyer hommage "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" (yes, the title is identical) where Vampirella remarks to a raging Pantha "It's that time of the month, right?"