Very Good+ hardcover in Good to Very Good-illustrated dust jacket. Two small tears to front cover and one large tear to back cover. Masking tape along the bottom edge of the jacket. Jacket is protected by mylar. Previous owner's plate on front end paper. Some light yellowing to front and back end papers. Clipping to upper right corner of front end paper. Otherwise pages, text, and color illustrations are clean and bright. 68 pp.
"Barbarella" is simultaneously a quaint artifact and and the edgy progenitor of the modern graphic novel. The iconography successfully incorporates elements of Jules Verne and the Nouvelle Vague in a retro science-fiction dreamscape.
Many of the elements in the novel have been worked over ad infinitum?the leggy heroine who is a determined hedonista, but other classic ingredients of French erotic fiction are well used?court intrigue, betrayal, awkward situations, and the boundless capacity of humans to plunge blindly in pursuit of pleasure.
I hadn't read "Barbarella" in over 40 years. It was interesting to see what I'd remembered, and find out what I didn't see back in my weedy youth.
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