Two female titans of pop culture meet. The vampiric Vampirella and the Princess of Mars Dejah Thoris will be crossing paths in a new event from Dynamite.
The red planet
“Not a lot of folks know this, but some of my earliest work in comics was an unpublished adaptation of A Princess of Mars… I discovered Barsoom and Dejah Thoris then, and I’m ecstatic to not only play in that sandbox again but also introduce the princess to Vampirella!” says writer Erik Burnham.
“There’s so much love for both of these iconic characters, we wanted to wait for the right time with the right creative team to see a crossover come to life,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Dejah Thorishas been one of our strongest characters and matching her with everyone’s fan favorite, Vampirella, just seems like a match worthy of comic history!”
Flatly, these two are some of the longest-lived female characters in pop culture. But even so, you might not be overly familiar with them. Vampirella is a vampiric alien who’s been in countless action/adventure stories since the ’60s. She has married straight-out action with horror and even a touch of superheroics in her existence. That, and some of the biggest artists around have worked on her books.
And Dejah Thoris? She’s the Princess of Mars, or Barsoom as her people know it. She was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs all the way back in 1912. She starred in the movie adaptation of John Carter and has been a regular in comics for a while now.
This one sounds like it plays up to the strengths of both characters. And it promises to be loaded with “pulp fun — dead cities, vampires, carnivorous apes, and a pending alien invasion…” according to Burnham.
In Vampirella/Dejah Thoris, when an alien scout ship crashes on Mars, Dejah Thoris must risk reigniting war with the Green Martians and becoming dinner for the white apes. But the stakes are raised so much higher when the ship is revealed to carry Vampirella, who is on a desperate mission of survival—one that might end before it truly begins!
Vampirella/Dejah Thoris will be written by the aforementioned Erik Burnham and illustrated by Killer Instinct’s Ediano Silva. Look for it to hit the stands this coming September.