Comic Heroes - - Feature -

Mid-century French il­lus­tra­tor Jean-Claude For­est is now best re­mem­bered for his 1962 sci-fi cre­ation, Bar­barella. She’s a lib­er­ated woman – con­fi­dent, in­de­pen­dent and sex­u­ally gen­er­ous – who wan­ders the stars, oc­ca­sion­ally do­ing good.

Though Babs first ap­peared in V-Mag­a­zine, it was when the orig­i­nal se­rial was col­lected two years later that it be­came an in­ter­na­tional hit. Fur­ther Bar­barella sto­ries would fol­low over the next cou­ple of decades, but it was the hit 1968 movie ver­sion – the film that made a star of Jane Fonda – that ce­mented Bar­barella in the pub­lic con­scious­ness. To­day, even people who’ve never read the comics – or even seen the movie – know ex­actly who Bar­barella is, and what she stands for.


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