Jean-Claude Forest and Barbarella

Barbarella graphic novel

Barbarella graphic novel cover

Jean-Claude Forest was born on 13 September 1930. I couldn’t let his birthday go by without a short post about him and his most famous creation Barbarella.

Born in France, Jean-Claude graduated from the Paris school of design in the early 1950s and began work as an illustrator. In 1962 he created the sci-fi comic strip Barbarella which was an immediate success. Translated into a dozen languages the strip became a bestseller.

In 1967 Terry Southern and Roger Vadim adapted the strip for the big screen with Jane Fonda playing the title role.

Jeane-Claude Forest won Grand Prizes at two major comic festivals in France and Switzerland in 1984 and 1998. Suffering from severe asthma for many years Jean-Claude Forest died in 1998 at the age of 68.

Comic pages

A sample from the first graphic novel

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