“I showed an earlier draft of this print to Neal Adams and he beat me up over it...” - James C Mulligan
From the archive of Disney artist James C Mulligan, a pin up painting/poster of character “Vampirella” in honor of her birthday.
A comic book vampire superheroine, “Vampirella” is a character created by Forrest J Ackerman and comic book artist Trina Robbins in Warren Publishing's black-and-white horror comics magazine Vampirella #1 (1969). Originally a horror-story hostess, writer-editor Archie Goodwin developed the character to a leading role in a horror-drama series.
“I showed an earlier draft of this print to Neal Adams and he beat me up over it. I have incredible reverence for Neal and his notes, many of which made it into this piece including her positioning. It was my idea to include the bats helping to celebrate her birthday with ‘blood velvet’ cake, and if you look carefully there’s a little homage to a favorite hero of horror in the painting with her.” - James C Mulligan
James C. Mulligan was born in Southern California 1978. An Irish American artist, his fine art paintings are collected by a long list of celebrities including Johnny Depp, Roger Daltrey, Neil Patrick Harris, (late) Hugh Hefner, Chuck Liddell and the Presley family. In addition to his personal work, James is a significant contributor to the Disney universe, characters and theme park attractions.