Christopher Priest To Write Dynamite's New Vampirella Series
Apr 08, 2019
Vampirella is back in a new ongoing series by a blockbuster creative team, to celebrate her milestone birthday! Issue #1 will be on sale the same day and date as the iconic first magazine from 1969, and also coinciding with the first day of San Diego Comic Con's 50th show!
For those who still need the introduction, Priest's own historic 40 years in the comics industry is marked by achievements and milestones both on and off the page. As the first African American editor in mainstream comics, he shepherded the Spider-Man titles through an innovative period which included kickstarting the careers of legends Peter David and Kyle Baker. In the years since, Priest has written a near endless list of classic comics from Deadpool and Captain America, to Green Lantern and Conan the Barbarian, and so many more! A monumental run on Black Panther during the boundaries-pushing Marvel Knights era influenced almost every frame of the Academy Award-winning, $1 billion-grossing film. With a still running 40+ issue run on Deathstroke and other projects, Priest's legacy continues to grow!
Acting as hype man for his artistic collaborator, Priest had more to share, "I'm having a blast writing this thing and artist Ergün Gündüz is an absolute gift to me. His intuition, sensitivity, and stellar sequential art chops are simply amazing; a refreshing break from the superhero house style. His amazing color rendering takes the work to an even higher level, making me look and sound smarter than I actually am."
“Priest is a guy who loves to challenge conventions, that’s part of what makes him so great. As a kid, though, I’m sure he drove his mother insane," said Senior Editor Matt Idelson. "This series is definitely going to challenge the readers, but not in a not-entertaining way. It’s been a blast to work on so far, and having a year-long plan with seeds being planted from the outset and watching them grow as we go along is incredibly fun and satisfying, and I think it’ll be that way for the readers as well. And I can’t say enough good things about Ergün. The quality of his work is pretty self-evident, and his storytelling and attention to detail are magnificent. I’m honestly in heaven working with this team.”
"This is a truly historic moment for Vampirella and Dynamite as each celebrates a landmark anniversary year in 2019! I have wanted to work with Christopher Priest for years and we had talked about it for years, but with his workload he couldn't commit to a project. Finally, knowing that to get him I had to talk to him face to face, I drove up to see him at Terricon, and basically said 'this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write the new Vampirella series for her 50th Anniversary. Give it some thought on your flight home. You're either in or out, and I hope you're in. I know you'll do her justice' and thankfully, he said yes," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "Everyone should know that Christopher is one of the most brilliant writers in the industry, and it's a pleasure to treat fans to his inspired take on Vampirella. Priest's body of work will stand the test of time like few others. I cannot think of many artists who can complement Priest's scripts as well as Ergün does with his incredible execution. It truly is an honor to be working with these talented creators - a high water mark in my career."
Vampirella #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in July 2019.