Mount Laurel-based Dynamite Entertainment has stockpiled a wealth of classic licensed properties, from James Bond to Red Sonja to the Shadow.

Such a deep bench allows for some pretty interesting team-ups, such as this week’s “KISS/Vampirella” #1, which teams the band that perfected putting pancake makeup on dudes with comics’ foremost female vampire.

Christopher Sebela (“We(L)come Back”) writes and Annapaola Martello draws this five-issue mini, which is set in Los Angeles in summer 1974, when KISS were just starting out and Vampirella, according to the story, was fronting an all-girl rock band while simultaneously hunting monsters. The two parties team up to unravel an occult conspiracy threatening humanity and rock ‘n’ roll itself.

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“I have been in love with Vampirella ever since Forry Ackerman created her,” KISS bassist and spokesman Gene Simmons said in a press release announcing the series. “For a wide-eyed kid who grew up voraciously devouring the pages of Warren publications (Vampirella’s original publisher) … it’s a personal thrill to witness this momentous event in our four-decades-old, proud comic book history.”

“KISS/Vampirella” is just the tip of the #1 iceberg this week for Dynamite, which also is rolling out an adaption of George R.R. Martin’s “A Clash of Kings”; “Gwar Orgasmageddon,” a miniseries starring the classic metal band; “Magnus” #1; “Mighty Mouse” #1 and “Ash Vs. the Army of Darkness” #0, a prelude to a new series starring the hero of the “Evil Dead” franchise, written by Chris Sims and Chad Bowers (“X-Men ’92”) and drawn by Mauro Vargas.

Also out this week

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1: The former Anakin Skywalker begins life anew, now more machine than man, as a dark lord of the Sith in a new series written by Charles Soule (“Star Wars: Lando,” “Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin”) and drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli (“Amazing Spider-Man”).

Iceman #1: Another of the original five X-Men gets a solo series as Bobby Drake sets out on his own to learn more about his powers and being an adult gay man. Written by Sina Grace and drawn by Alessandro Vitti.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #9 of 9: Frank Miller’s Dark Knight trilogy concludes with Batman and his allies making a last stand against a Kryptonian invasion. Co-written by Miller and Brian Azzarello (“Wonder Woman”) with art by Andy Kubert (“X-Men”).

Babyteeth #1: A teenage girl gives birth to the Antichrist in a new AfterShock Comics series written by Donny Cates with art by Garry Brown.

Four Oni #1s for $1 each: Oni Press is looking to hook new readers with discounted reprints of some of its recent series, including “Another Castle,” “Courtney Crumrin,” “Mighty Zodiac” and “Space Battle Lunchtime.”

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Press copy editor since 2006, copy desk chief since 2014. Masters in journalism from Temple University, 2006. My weekly comics blog, Wednesday Morning Quarterback, appears Wednesday mornings at

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