Let’s talk about Warren’s Vampirella #2. I have a really banged up copy of this one, probably the worst condition of any of my Vampirella magazines.
I mentioned in my post about issue #1 that it took Warren a while to find it’s footing with the Vampirella series. That of course is still the case here, but I think the stories in this issue are an improvement over the first issue. The highlights of the issue are “Montezuma’s Monster,” “Queen of Horror,” and “The Octopus.” Art-wise, Billy Graham’s artwork on “Rhapsody In Red,” shines the brightest. The Vampirella narratives are still in the cartoony/campy and generally awful category, although we are introduced to two members of Vampi’s family – her cousin Evily and her twin sister Draculina. This was the last issue that featured Vampirella as the star of her own stories until the classic issue #8, which is where the Vampirella we know was really born.
The cover was painted by Bill Hughes. It doesn’t feature Vampirella, but I think this is supposed to be Evily from the first story of the issue. It’s a nice cover, but in the context of the entire series it isn’t one of my favorites.
Here’s the 2nd issue at a glance:
Down to Earth
Queen of Horror
One, Two, Three
Rhapsody In Red
Forrest J. Ackerman
Cover price: 50¢