"You've sealed your end, my friend -- for, whoever strikes Dracula -- strikes Death!"
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The Tomb of Dracula
Title: "Dracula"
Volume: 1
number: 1
Cover date: April, 1972
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Writers: Gerry Conway
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: Gene Colan
Cover artists: Neal Adams
Cover inker: Neal Adams
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Stan Lee
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"Dracula" is the title to the first issue of the ongoing horror comic book series The Tomb of Dracula, published by Marvel Comics. The story was written by Gerry Conway and plotted by Roy Thomas. It was penciled and inked by Gene Colan and lettered by Jon Costanza. The story was edited by Stan Lee. This issue shipped with an April, 1972 cover date and carries a cover price of .20 cents per copy.

Synopsis Edit

Frank Drake has just inherited an ancient family castle. The castle is historically notorious as the ancestral home of the legendary vampire, Count Dracula. Frank, his friend, Clifton Graves, and girlfriend Jeanie, travel to a small village in Transylvania. Unable to traverse the mountain pass, they hire a coachman to bring them the rest of the way to Castle Dracula. Many of the locals are superstitious of the vampire legends, but the Coachman, Otto, doesn't hold to any of that and agrees to transport them.

They enter the castle, and Jeanie takes an immediate dislike to it. She becomes particularly apprehensive when a bat flutters by, frightening her. The three split up and decide to explore separate areas of the castle.

Clifton Graves schemes to arrange an accident for Frank, so that he can gain control of the castle. As he's wandering, he stumbles through a weak floorboard, and falls into a secret hidden chamber. Inside the chamber is the coffin of Count Dracula. Graves opens the coffin and finds Dracula's skeletal remains. A wooden stake is sticking upward from his chest. Cliff doesn't believe in the legend, so he pulls the stake out and turns to leave.

Dracula's physical form reconstitutes itself and he attacks Graves, hurling him into a deep cavern. He then takes the form of a bat, and flies upward towards another section of the castle. Upon finding Frank and Jeanie, he takes human form and accosts them. Frank manages to keep Dracula at bay by way of a silver compact. As the vampire is vulnerable to silver, he changes back into a bat, and flies out the window.

Dracula flies down into the nearby village, and attacks a barmaid walking home from work. Another villager finds her blood-drained body, and declares that she has the "mark of the vampire" upon her. More villagers gather together and form a lynch mob.

Dracula returns to his castle and assaults Frank once again. During their struggle, he discovers that Frank is actually one of his own direct descendants. Frank hurls the silver compact at him, striking Dracula in the head. Dracula lunges at him and grips him by the throat. Jean tries to defend her lover, but she falls prey to Dracula's hypnotic commands.

Meanwhile, the lynch mob arrives at the Castle and set fire to it. The flames quickly rage throughout the building, and Frank is forced to find cover. Dracula takes the opportunity to attack Jeanie and drinks her blood. Frank manages to get her away from Dracula, but it is too late. She is now a vampire. Dracula flies away, and Frank pulls the vampire Jeanie out of the burning building.

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Minor characters Edit

  • Abraham Van Helsing (In flashback only)
  • Burgeister
  • Danny (In flashback only)
  • Drake
  • Fritz
  • Jean
  • Otto
  • Paul (In flashback only)

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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This issue is the first Marvel Comics appearance of Dracula. The character of Dracula is based on the literary figure featured in the eponymous 1897 novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. Stoker in turn, based his vampire character on the historical Vlad Tepes, a 15th century Wallachian prince known for his brutality and his penchant for impaling his adversaries on pikes on the perimeter of his castle.
  • Dracula's actual first appearance was in the seventh story in Suspense #7 entitled "Dracula Lives". This issue was published in 1953 by Atlas Comics. Dracula's appearance in Suspense #7 is considered part of Marvel mainstream continuity as indicated in his profile in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Horror, 2005.
  • Dracula chronologically appeared last in a flashback sequence from Before the Fantastic Four: The Storms #3. The events from that issue take place after Dracula's apparent "death" at the hands of a Scotsman in Tomb of Dracula (Volume 1) #15.
  • Stoker's original novel was adapted by Marvel Comics in Marvel Classics Comics #9. Although written from an out-of-continuity perspective, all of the events portrayed in that issue are common to Marvel's Earth-616 continuity as well.
  • First appearance of Jean; turned into a vampire in this issue.

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