World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Barbarella (comics)

Barbarella le Semble-Lune (1977), published by Pierre Horay. Cover art by Jean-Claude Forest.
Character information
Created by Jean-Claude Forest
In-story information
Full name Barbarella
Formats Original material for the series has been published as a strip in the comics anthology(s) V-Magazine, Evergreen Review and Heavy Metal and a set of graphic novels.
Publication date 1962 – 1964
Creative team
Writer(s) Jean-Claude Forest
Artist(s) Jean-Claude Forest
Creator(s) Jean-Claude Forest
The series has been reprinted, at least in part, in English.

Barbarella is a fictional heroine in a French science fiction comic book created by Jean-Claude Forest.


  • History 1
  • Characters 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • Popular culture 4
  • Adaptations 5
  • Notes 6
  • Sources 7
  • External links 8


Jean-Claude Forest created the character of Barbarella for Wolinski's Paulette (1971). Works in this trend outside of France include Phoebe Zeit-Geist (1965) and Vampirella (1969) in the USA; Modesty Blaise (1963) in the UK; and, Valentina (1965) and Angiolini's Isabella (1966) in Italy.[1]


  • Barbarella: A young woman who travels from planet to planet and has numerous adventures, often involving Roger Vadim directed a 1968 film adaptation that starred Jane Fonda.
  • Duran: A one-eyed old man who helps Barbarella.
  • Pygar: A blind 'angel' guided by Barbarella, he is the last of the ornithanthropes (bird-men).
  • La Reine noire (The Black Queen): A villainess who reigns in the town of Sogo, surrounded by a maze, on the planet Lythion.
  • Lio: A brown-haired teenage girl saved by Barbarella who must save the town governed by her father in Les Colères du mange-minutes. (The chanteuse Lio drew her stage name from this character.)
  • Mado: Female prostitute robot (gynoïde), whose "breakdown" Barbarella repairs.
  • Narval: An "aiguiote" (aquatic man) who comes from Citerne IV to complete his scientific research in Les Colères du mange-minutes.
  • L'artiste: A self-portrait of Jean-Claude Forest. Named Browningwell in Semble Lune, he and Barbarella have a child together.


  • Barbarella (originally serialized in V-Magazine, 1962; book by Eric Losfeld, 1964)
  • Les Colères du Mange-Minutes [The Wrath of the Minute Eater] (Kesselring, 1974)
  • Le Semble-Lune [The False Moon] (Horay, 1977, ISBN 2-7058-0045-X)
  • Le Miroir aux Tempêtes [The Storm Mirror] (Albin Michel, 1982) (art by Daniel Billon, ISBN 2-226-01441-1)[2]

The stories have been reprinted by Dargaud and Les Humanoïdes Associés.

Barbarella also guest-stars in Mystérieuse, Matin, Midi et Soir [Mysterious, Morning, Noon And Evening] (originally serialized in Pif, 1971; book edition by Serg, 1972)

Barbarella was translated into English by Richard Seaver and published in the Evergreen Review (#37-39, 1965–1966) and Heavy Metal (vol. 1 #11 through vol. 2 #3, 1978).

Popular culture

1980s pop band Duran Duran takes its name from a character in the 1968 film Barbarella: Barbarella's mission in the film is to find a scientist named Durand Durand (pronounced "Duran Duran").[3]



  1. ^ Favari (1996) pp.112-3
  2. ^ Page at
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^


  • Favari, Pietro (1996) Le nuvole parlanti: un secolo di fumetti tra arte e mass media

External links

  • Official website
  • Barbarella at the Grand Comics Database
  • Barbarella at the Comic Book DB
  • Barbarella at Bedetheque (French)
  • (Dargaud)Barbarella at Bedetheque (French)
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Fair are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.