Friday, March 23, 2012

DRUUNA : Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri

Druuna is an erotic science fiction and fantasy comic book character created by Italian cartoonist Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri.

Most of Druuna's adventures revolve around a post-apocalyptic future, and the plot is often a vehicle for varied scenes of hardcore pornography and softcore sexual imagery.

Druuna is frequently depicted as sparsely clothed or nude, and Serpieri's high quality renditions of her are often reproduced as poster prints.

Druuna starred in eight volumes of the Morbus Gravis ("Severe Disease") series between 1985 and 2003

1. Morbus Gravis (Dargaud, 1985)
2. Druuna (Dargaud, 1987)
3. Creatura (Bagheera, 1990)
4. Carnivora (Bagheera, 1992)
5.Mandragora (Bagheera, 1995)
6. Aphrodisia (Bagheera, 1997)
7. La Planete oubliee (The Forgotten Planet) (Bagheera, 2000)
8. Clone (Bagheera, 2003)

Paolo Serpieri is an Italian comic book writer and artist, and is most popular for his erotic images of women. He is best known for his work on the Druuna erotic science fiction series, published by Heavy Metal in the United States.

Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri was born on February 29th, 1944 , in Venice, Italy. Serpieri was something of an artistic prodigy as a child.

But Serpieri's biggest success came when he tried his hand at science-fiction. In 1985, he created "Morbus Gravis", an AIDS allegory set on a ravaged planet.

The comic starred Druuna, a curvaceous heroine who resembled the Native American women Serpieri had drawn earlier.

"Morbus Gravis" formula of mutants, violence, and graphic sex was a hit, and Serpieri continued the Druuna series with "Morbus Gravis II" (or Druuna,1987).

Problems with censorship caused Serpieri to switch publishers, but Druuna returned regularly after that in Creatura (1990), Carnivora (1993), Mandragora (1995), Aphrodisia (1997), The Forgotten Planet (2000), and Clone (2003).

Serpieri became famous in America when the Druuna stories were translated and published in "Heavy Metal magazine", which later reprinted them in book form.

The American edition of Carnivora won a Harvey Award in 1995.

In 1985, Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri created the saga of Druuna, comprised of eight volumes published from 1985 to 2003: Morbus Gravis, Morbus Gravis 2: Druuna, Creatura, Carnivora, Mandragora, Aphrodisia, The Forgotten Planet and Clone.

The series is noteworthy for featuring perhaps the most realistic-looking and explicit content in terms of both graphic violence and sex in comics.


In the first volumes in the series, the action unfolds is a place called The City, a futuristic but degraded urban environment. Humans live in a cramped, hostile, and decadent society, controlled by a religious oligarchy based on the knowledge of "Truth."

In this society, books are banned and power is exercised by a corrupt and despotic militarized bureaucracy.

Although never clearly stated, this current era, known as the "Age of Man," is presumed to be the aftermath of a kind of war.

As told by the priests, Evil had been visited on the populace by an incurable, infectious disease that transforms people in a progressive and rapid fashion into amorphous, tentacled mutants.

After a series of adventures, Druuna discover that the City is actually a giant spaceship which left Earth after an unspecified cataclysm and has drifted through space for centuries.

At some point, Lewis, the ship's captain, delegated control to the computer Delta, which is responsible for creating the current state of affairs. (The Priests are actually androids operated by Delta.)

Something happens when a new ship, initially believed to be an asteroid, enters the equation. Commanded by a character named Will, the new ship is revealed to be similar the City, which has become, thanks to the evolution of Evil, a super-organism.

At this moment, the reader discovers that apart from the City, humanity is not entirely extinguished, but that other groups of humans survived, using genetic engineering to improve their abilities.

Embarking on Commander Will's spacecraft, Druuna discovers that the minds of Shastar and Lewis have been merged and transferred to the new ship's computer.

When Druuna gets trapped in the computer mind, Will enters it to rescue her.

Druuna, Will, and a few others escape in a rescue capsule, where they are all put into a state of suspended animation.

After the capsule crashes on an unknown planet, Druuna awakens alone.

She is soon caught in a war between two alien species, one of which is composed of parasitic beings who need organic specimens as hosts, and the other intelligent robots pursuing the objective of creating organic life.

The machines want to recreate their creators (whose extinction was caused by a war between men and machines) to try to understand humanity. Will briefly reappears and is kidnapped.

Shastar also reappears, now working with the machines in their aim to recover the human species. Toward that aim, they decide to clone Druuna.

To be contineud ...

Pubblished in Greece

1. Morbus Gravis : 1987 By Ars Longa

2.Morbus Gravis 2 : 1991 By Παρά Πέντε

3.Creatura : 1993 By Babel Comics

4.Carnivora : 2002 By ΚΛΙΚ Magazine

5.Mangragora : 2002 By ΚΛΙΚ Magazine

6.Aphrodisia : 2003 By ΚΛΙΚ Magazine

7.The Forgotten Planet : ? By Free Magazine

8.Clone : Never edit in Greece(Or not?)


  1. θυμιζει αρκετα MILO MANARA kai MOEBIUS οχι οτι αυτο με πειραζει τωρα με εβαλες σε πειρασμο να το ψαξω. φιλλης

  2. τα καλύτερα οπίσθια ever_

    miliokas aka skylos_mayros

  3. ξέχασα να πω, πως την έχω τιμήσει κι εγώ ανάλογα, στο κάτω μέρος του blog μου αλλά δεν φτάνεις ποτέ κανένας μέχρι εκεί_

    Καλημέρα +καλό μήνα_

    miliokas aka skylos_mayros

  4. When will t he story be continued or concluded. It's been 9 years since the last graphic novel.

  5. I read Druuna first in the mid eighties. Serpieri is a real great artist and completely underrated.
    Wish you a nice lazy Sunday,

  6. I remember Druuna in certain episodes of Heavy Metal Magazine. How many total issues were there? Was it ever produced in an English Edition? Are they available for The Kindle ereader?