Friday, April 30, 2010

The Tomb of Dracula Black-and-White Comic!

This short-lived black-and-white version of Marvel's color Dracula comic was another attempt to grab the market Warren Publications had a hold on!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Monster Madness Game!

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Here's one of the few board games I own with Dracula represented -- haven't played it yet, though!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Fright Comics #1 by Atlas Comics!

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So, if you're not a comics geek, you're probably wondering what the heck "Atlas Comics" was. I'll try to be brief.

In the 1950s or so, Marvel Comics was actually calling themselves Atlas Comics (I think they were in the late 1940s, too, and Timely before that). Even back then, the company was owned by Martin Goodman.

In the 1970s, Martin Goodman decided the time was ripe to sell Marvel Comics off to another company, with the understanding that his son, Chip Goodman, would take over as publisher, or editorial director. However, the new owner (Cadence Industries) didn't do that. (There is some disagreement on this point, by the way). So, Goodman started up the Atlas imprint in 1974 (the publishing company was actually named Seaboard), and produced a whole line of comics that basically copied Marvel's style, as well as many of Marvel's characters!

Part of the way they did this was by hiring as many of Marvel's talent as possible... Larry Lieber, for example (Stan Lee's brother) was one of them. The line didn't survive for too long, far from the goal Goodman had of putting Marvel out of business!

If you want to read more about Atlas Comics, you can check out the Wikipedia entry or the The Atlas Archives website.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Dracula's Daughter Lobby Card!

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Clicking on this photo should give you larger viewing options!

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Haunt of Horror #12!

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Once again, here's Dracula's Daughter, Lilith... I'm sure that in no way is it possible that Marvel introduced Lilith as some kind of competition for Warren Magazines' Vampirella... I mean, they would never do something like that, would they?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Horror of Dracula 8mm Film and Record!

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Here's one way to add sound to a silent 8mm home movie...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Nightmare Yearbook #1!

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Can't really tell you anything about this comic, other than that Drac appeared on the cover, as seen above!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Giant-Size Spider-Man #1!

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I told you Dracula appeared in a comic with Spider-Man! Usually, though, Spidey's vampire encounters were with Morbius, the Living Vampire, who wasn't a supernatural vampire -- actually, Morbius was suffering from a rare blood disease, and underwent an expirimental treatment to cure himself that turned him into a "living vampire," with most of the vampire powers (although lacking the ability to change form, his newly-hollow bones allowed him to glide, thanks to the wings on his costume).

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Giant-Size Dracula!

No, the title didn't mean Dracula became giant-sized... it was just a giant-sized comic book (that is to say, it was thicker than the standard comics of the time). This title started off as Giant-Size Chillers (As seen below), and changed titles with the second issue!

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Dracula Still!

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I almost ended up using this photo as the basis for the blog's header graphic!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Doctor Strange #60!

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It was the beginning of the end -- or was it just the end? -- for Dracula in Marvel Comics. Someone (probably editor-in-chief at the time Jim Shooter) decided that, since they'd already cancelled "Tomb of Dracula," there was no reason to keep vampires around in the pages of Marvel comics at all... and so it was that in the pages of Doctor Strange (the Master of the Mystic Arts, and Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Universe) would discover a spell that would forever destroy all vampires on Earth.

This, of course, put him once again into conflict with the Lord of the Undead, the Prince of Darkness.

The women on either side of Doctor Strange are the Scarlet Witch (not really a witch, she's a mutant character who got her start in the X-Men comic book as a villain) and Captain Marvel (Marvel's second character by that name, and at least the fourth by that name in comics at that point).

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Legion of Monsters Dracula Page by DIck Giordano!

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Yes, Legion of Monsters was another Marvel black-and-white magazine-style comic that Dracula appeared in!