Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Feast of Film Heroines--Luana & Gwendoline

In our ongoing search for pop culture coolness, Atomic Kommie Comics™ has come across posters for two of the funkiest flix of the 70s-80s for our line of kool kollectibles including t-shirts, mugs, messenger bags, and other tchochkies...
Luana (aka Luana - la Figlia della Foresta Vergine [Italy], Luana - Der Fluch des weißen Goldes [West Germany], Luana, the Girl Tarzan [USA]) was an Italian jungle flick featuring the only Eurasian jungle princess I've ever seen, a little-known actress named Mei Chen who looks really good in a fur bikini!
Produced in 1968, but not released in the US until the mid-70s, the flick is best known for two American posters featuring art by none other than the late, great fantasy art legend Frank Frazetta!
There was also a novelization by Alan Dean Foster [who did a helluva lot of them in the 70s] using the Frazetta art on the cover!
The key art was also used as the cover for Vampirella #31, which featured a comic adaptation of the movie!
Needless to say, we've found BOTH of the posters (along with a non-Frazetta European one) and are offering them all at our Menacing Maidens section of Seduction of the Innocent™.

PLUS: we've added the Indiana Jones-style poster for the 80s Just Jackln movie version of John Wilie's Sweet Gwendoline strip called Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak, featuring video vixen Tawny Kitaen.
The film is perhaps the classiest R-rated sexploitation film ever done, with a real sense of visual style, and actors who can actually act, despite truly awful dialogue!
(The director also did the 1980s movie versions of Emmanuelle and The Story of O.)

Mix in posters for both Cleopatra Jones blaxploitation flix, SuperChick, the pre-Charlies' Angels Ebony, Ivory & Jade team, The Domino Lady, and Barbarella, and you'll see why Menacing Maidens is a must-see site for the SERIOUS schlock fan!

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