Panels from the first BARBARELLA book. By Jean-Claude Forest. 1960s.
(The second book in a bit.)
It’s erotic as hell, first of all, but the strip is also quite hilarious. The Barbarella character is very cynical and funny, drily commenting on the horrors that befall her and the freaks she meets along the way. Jane Fonda in the film was mainly wide-eyed and kind of dumb. The comic Barbarella in contrast is cool as fuck. Also, the strip is very imaginative: it’s a constant free-flowing stream of unusual sci-fantasies. It’s never boring…
The character’s appearance was based on Brigitte Bardot, obviously; her first husband Roger Vadim would later direct the movie.