Zora, the vampire, better known as Zora la Vampira, is an Italian comic book erotic character. The first comic book was published in 1972. "ZORA LA VAMPIRA" was published from 1972 to 1985 and featured a blond female protagonist that on some covers resembles French actress Catherine Deneuve. The series was published by Edifumetto. The cartoonists were by Giuseppe Pederiali and Birago Balzano.
A movie inspired by her, also named Zora la Vampira, was released in 2000, directed by the Manetti Brothers.
The character's real name is Zora Pabst and she is shown to be an aristocrat of the nineteenth century, possessed by the spirit of Dracula so that she become a servant to her lust and blood-lust. Her adventures are a mixture of horror, eroticism, and pornography.
Zora la Vampira is one of many such characters from the Italian 'fumetti' tradition. Other figures from the same era, and with similarly violent or erotic preoccupations, include Maghella, Lucifera, Biancaneve, Vartan, Jacula, Sukia, Jolanda de Almaviva, and Yra.
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