Forest, Jean-Claude (BARBARELLA)
Binding Oversize paperback original.
Book Condition VG copy.
Edition First edition thus (& 1st printing).
Seller ID 42586
Published to coincide with the 1968 film of the same name directed by Roger Vadim and starring Jane Fonda as the heroine. French text.
''Comic strip created by French artist Jean-Claude Forest (1930-1998) for V-M Magazine in 1962. The adventures of the scantily clad blonde astronaut on the planet Lithion, a typical Planetary Romance venue, were collected as Barbarella (graph coll 1964; trans Richard Seaver 1966). Despite its humorous treatment of the soft-focus Sex she engages in with various young partners, Barbarella incurred the wrath of French censorship, perhaps because she too conspicuously resembled the real Brigitte Bardot. This row and the subsequent film version have tended to obscure the elegance and inventive sf content of the strip. Forest's later attempts to revive it, reducing the sex and increasing the sf elements, were less successful'' (Maxim Jakubowski & John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).