Jose Gonzalez’s Iconic Vampirella Honored with Statue on Kickstarter
Dynamite Entertainment has launched a Kickstarter for a breathtaking Vampirella statue based on art by arguably the definitive artist for the character – José “Pepe” González! Fans can preorder their statues now at a limited time value and check out other extras available in the campaign!
This definitive piece that belongs in every Vampi fan’s collection in this hallmark year for the macabre icon. The high-quality resin sculpt is produced at 1/6 scale and stands 12.5 inches tall supported by a 5.5 inches wide base of her iconic bat logo. Steve Kiwus sculpted the piece, translating it from the legendary González image.
Vampirella first appeared in an eponymous magazine put out by Warren Publishing. Debuting as a simple horror anthology hostess in the vein of peers Uncle Creepy, Cousin Eerie and the Crypt-Keeper, she exploded in popularity and fans demanded fleshed out stories. Legendary writers and artists contributed to Vampi’s history making creation. Godfather of horror and sci-fi fandom Forrest J. Ackerman came up with the concept, then underground comix legend and Wonder Woman artist Trina Robbins designed the costume, for a first cover by fantasy painting master Frank Frazetta and an interior story by Ghost Rider artist Tom Sutton.
The depth of her stories really expanded with writer/editor Archie Goodwin (Batman, Iron Man) and José González. The two introduced major supporting characters like Adam Van Helsing and Pendragon. González wowed readers with his jaw-dropping art utilizing unparalleled detail and ink washes, pushing the boundaries of the black and white magazine format. His frontispiece illustrations and occasional covers further cemented his legacy as he contributed to nearly every issue of the decades long Warren run.
The statue is also available in a black and white edition and backers can “upgrade” to get a limited edition marked and numbered Proof edition.
Other reward options and add-ons include a specially curated selection of graphic novels, art books that will perfectly complement the González and Warren era statue and enamel pins.
Also available are deluxe hardcover Vampirella Archives, an impressive 15 volume library that reprints all 112 issues of the Warren magazine restored to the highest quality. Fans can get the first five volumes together, which represent the most critically acclaimed era of González art and writer collaborators, or go all in on the entire set. That’s over 5,000 pages!