Everything you ever wanted to know about Vampirella, daughter of Drakulon

F. Newton Burcham

Burcham is a prolific artist and I have found many Vampirella renditions on eBay.

To quote one of his eBay listings "... favourably compared to fantasy art greats. His more than 3,000 completed drawings and paintings grace homes and galleries upon every continent of the Earth except the cold land of Antarctica. A fantasy art legend in the making."

Over the past few years his style has developed and improved to the extent that you can spot a "Burcham" just by looking at it! More reminiscent of Mike Hoffman than Frank Frazetta, I would not argue that Burcham has a talent that is improving almost daily and there is a niche in the fantasy market that has his name on it!

I have gathered many pieces of his work, and it was difficult deciding what to omit from this page. I believe that what I have listed below is representative of his perspective on Vampirella, though there is still quite a few images to view!

He is the nephew of illustrator and artist Earl Moran, and began his career at the age of 16 as a portrait artist and landscape painter. After some duty in the US Navy during the Vietnam era he graduated from the Midwest School of Art and Design and began his career in commercial art. He later became the assistant inker to Tony DeZuniga on Savage Sword of Conan and Jonah Hex. In the 1980's Burcham created a number of new characters including the supernatural hero Dark Wolf, a predecessor to Spawn.

In the 1990's he worked in the toy industry on such memorable characters as Casper, Gumby, Godzilla, Tarzan, and many others. He has recently done some storyboards for movies, and was featured in a New York City art exhibit.