Warning: Contains Adult Subject Matter
Brian Pulido’s Lady Death
is often credited as the origin character of so-called bad girl
art and comics characters. Personally, I think it more correct to credit Vampirella
and Red Sonja
as much earlier (i.e., 1970s) occurring examples of bad girl
art and comics characters, and argue that Lady Death
is the origin of contemporary
(i.e., 1980s to present) bad girl
art and comics characters. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, bad girl comics characters
are mostly written as anti-heroines, and are often especially powerful, domineering, cruel and/or violent. Bad girl art
refers to a style where the female characters are hyper-sexualized, often sporting scant costumes which emphasize their exaggerated feminine physical attributes. If you’ve gotten a chance to study the art connected to this article, you will probably agree with me that Lady Death
is the archetype of contemporary bad girl art;
now let me explain why she is the contemporary archetypal bad girl comics character.
has had multiple incarnations as the character has moved from publisher to publisher. Originally appearing as an evil, sexy and violent supporting character in the Evil Earnie
comic; Chaos! Comics
quickly gave her a series of her own as she proved so popular with the fans. She was written as a violent anti-hero throughout her run at Chaos!
, eventually deposing Lucifer to herself become ruler of Hell. When Chaos!
bankrupted, Lady Death
was bought by CrossGen
and Pulido softened the character a bit to make her more mass-market friendly; resulting in a short-lived series called Medieval Lady Death.
bought Lady Death
and began publishing stories similar to her original Chaos!
origin story is similar (but not identical) across all incarnations. Basically, Hope, the woman who will become Lady Death, is the daughter of a medieval nobleman who has recently returned from The Crusades. Unbeknownst to Hope, her father has returned from the Crusades possessed by a demon. The peasants he rules discover his demon possession and revolt. He escapes, leaving Hope behind to face the wrath of the peasants. They burn her at the stake. Before she dies, she utters an incantation she overheard her father use; and some demons rescue and heal her in exchange for her pledge of service. As she is brought into their realm, her body is transformed into that of the luscious albino vixen featured in the art accompanying this article.
In both major incarnations, Lady Death is written as an anti-heroine who becomes involved in a war raging in Hell (or a Hell equivalent), learning to use sorcery and bladed weaponry along the way. Graphically violent, bloody and “in-your-face” sexy in a S and M
kinda way, Lady Death
makes for a consistently fun read if you like bad girl
art and characterization.
has been absent from publication for more than three years now. Avatar Press
recently announced creation of a new publishing company, Boundless
, whose headliner title will be a re-imagined Lady Death.
A free comic book featuring Lady Death
will be published in October of 2010 and the new Lady Death
ongoing series will begin in December.
Article by: Timelord
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