'Barbarella' creator Jean-Claude Forest dies

Thu, December 31st, 1998 at 12:00am PST

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Beau Yarbrough, Columnist

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In America, he's best known for creating a character that Jane Fonda once portrayed wearing a clear plastic bodysuit. But in France, Jean-Claude Forest was one of the most popular and influential of that country's comic creators.

Forest, the creator of "Barbarella," who was featured on a French postage stamp in 1989, died recently at age 68 after long illness.

While his career began several decades previous, it was the creation of Barbarella in 1962 that rocketed him to fame. The book has been translated into foreign language editions, and after the Fonda film, which Forest worked on as design consultant, it spawned four sequels and an animated television series is in the works.

 
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