Cher Gets Her Own Comic Book

A new book chronicles the life of The Dark Lady - costumes, personal life, music and all

Courtesy of Bluewater

The old joke goes a little something like this: After a nuclear war, only two things would remain: cockroaches and Cher. The folks at Bluewater Comics must have been paying attention because the music and movie diva headlines their latest issue in the Female Force series. The new graphic bio is due out this December.

“We have been creating the biographies of the famous in a sequential art form for almost two years and it was only a matter of time before we got to this icon,” says Darren G. Davis, Bluewater Comics publisher. “Her life has been marked failures and successes, but she still stands boldly for herself and for her friends and we had to tell her story.”

As any good gay fan knows, Cher’s career has spanned almost five decades (with more than enough wardrobe changes to impress any “closet” queen). And judging from her appearance this week cheering on Chaz on Dancing With the Stars, she looks as good now as she did when she first started singing with Sonny.

Female Force: Cher turns back time and tells how the platinum-selling singer became an award-winning actress (hello, Silkwood shower) and a world-famous megastar.

Cher’s life and career “reads like a comic book,” admits writer Marc Shapiro, “the clothes, the times, the attitudes of the decades she’s lived through, the different styles of music she’s been involved in. So much of what Cher has experienced is so flamboyant, over the top and just plain out there. She has been very much the real-life equivalent of a superhero, and writing about Cher, to a large degree, has been just about letting my imagination go.”

The 32-page comic features art by Zach Bassett and Warren Montgomery, as well as a cover (Cher in Bob Mackie, of course) by D.C. Comics’ own Joe Philips.

Cher isn’t the only gay-friendly diva to get her own comic book. Bluewater’s Female Force series offers a broad examination of strong and influential women who are shaping modern history and culture. The monthly series has also featured Madonna, Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres, among others.