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1385: Tomb of Dracula #1 (v1)

" Dracula "
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Tomb of Dracula #1 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Neal Adams
Writers: Gerry Conway
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: Gene Colan
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: April 1972
Release Date: November 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 25
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 324                 Times Rated: 199
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Frank Drake travels to Europe to claim his ownership of an inherited castle. The final leg of his trip is haunted by rumors of a curse by the villagers, the Curse of Dracula the Vampire.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Frank Drake
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Frank Drake in the mainstream continuity. Frank Drake next appears in Tomb of Dracula #2 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Abraham van Helsing
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Abraham van Helsing in the mainstream continuity. Abraham van Helsing next appears in Tomb of Dracula #5 (v1). Appeared in research.
  Danny Summer
Cameo Appearance First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Danny Summer in the mainstream continuity. Danny Summer next appears in Tomb of Dracula #27 (v1). This is flashback appearance. This is a cameo appearance.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Jean in the mainstream continuity. Jean next appears in Tomb of Dracula #2 (v1).
  Fritz Burgeister
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Fritz Burgeister in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Otto in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Dracula in the mainstream continuity. Dracula next appears in Tomb of Dracula #2 (v1).
  Clifton Graves
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Clifton Graves in the mainstream continuity. Clifton Graves next appears in Tomb of Dracula #2 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 28, 2013
A story that manages to hold the interest, even if none of the characters are actually likeable or interesting. The setting works in itís favour. 6/10
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  Wady Says:    
  2012-10-30 18:37:30  
  Looks interesting  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-06 16:19:13  
  I've never read the Dracula comics but have heard plenty of raves about them. This is one of the series I've been looking forward to following in the Order. Great start!  

  CrangTheCimmerian Says:    
  2014-05-25 21:48:29  
  Many first appearances lately. That's good and refreshing.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2014-07-01 14:09:39  
  I thought this was going to be super cheesy, but it was actually quite good for the time.  

  bharbeke Says:    
  2014-07-10 11:04:33  
  Even in the year this came out, they could tell this same story much more effectively. It should not be possible for a Dracula story to be this dull.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2014-12-11 12:54:22  
  Gene Colon is just not my taste in art. This book is hurried and messy. We've all heard this story a thousand times, but probably not this corny or eye-rollingly cliche. The script really is terribly weak. I was happy when it ended. (1)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-01 09:13:58  
  This was pretty damn good.  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-02-13 07:39:53  
  Between this and their Werewolf series, I'm really enjoying Marvel's take on horror.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-17 21:08:09  
  Another nice surprise that I hope can keep up the quality. I was afraid they would try to make Drac an anti-hero, but no it looks like he's playing the villain as he should.
What is up with those teeth though? Vampires simply have two fangs, why do these ones look like they have a mouth full of buzz-saw. Also I was amazing that girl got slapped so hard her shirt popped open.

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-05-17 20:21:30  
  It's strange, much earlier in the Order Colan was my favorite artist. But lately he just doesn't seem to be keeping up with John Buscema or John Romita. Despite the artwork, I really enjoyed this story. A nice change of pace from superhero antics.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-04-04 19:38:47  
  4 stars for the 1st app of Count Dracula!!!

Credit Due - I'm still digging Gene Colan's art though. I think he fits right in with Horror comics!!

Splash - Spooky splash page!!

?Question? - When does Van Helfing change to Van Helsing proper??

Knockers - @duncanm: To be fair, she was already popping out of that top!!

Leftovers - You know, if I was Clifton, I would be pissed at Frank and Jeanie too!!!

'Nuff Said - "IDIOT! Did you really think that compact would destroy me?"-Count Dracula

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-02-11 23:28:31  
  Why Conway, why?  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-03-05 12:40:08  
  Now here's a story to really sink your teeth into! (Well, someone was going to say it eventually). Good start to another classic horror series. Conway is building a good story arc here; his storytelling has been improving steadily since his shaky debut. And the art, though not quite Gene Colan's best, does capture the mood well with its slightly blurred lines and shapes.

Again, like the werewolf series we read not too long ago, this still seems a little watered down and not living up to its potential; the CCA may have lifted some restrictions but there's likely still some censorship being enforced here. That said, it probably still scared some younger readers back when it was first published. And it does get some points for atmosphere. I liked that the girlfriend immediately becomes a victim of Dracula; her presence only seemed to piss off her ex and served no other function.

3 stars. An excellent plot brewing, right off the "bat." (See what I did there? Me neither)

  benmason486 Says:    
  2018-01-31 15:16:01  
  Excellent story of the rebirth of Dracula. Sad what happened to Jeanie. Why do guys think that killing a man will get his girl to fall in love with him? That is some pretty Neanderthal thinking there, pal. It's like the bully kicking sand in a guys face at the beach. If your girl goes off with the bully, she wasn't worth your time.

Also, how stupid are you to invite your girl's ex on a trip with you? My wife and I have seen her ex exactly twice in 19 years. That is enough for me.

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Date User Name Update
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   December 5, 2017 fragsel Added Otto to the issue.
   December 5, 2017 fragsel Added Fritz Burgeister to the issue.
   March 14, 2016 MattzLadd Added Jean to the issue.
   March 14, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Clifton Graves.
   November 22, 2015 fragsel Added Danny Summer to the issue.
   May 17, 2015 Drax Updated the listing for Abraham van Helsing.
   September 22, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for Abraham van Helsing.
   September 22, 2014 Robareid Changed comic details.
   January 1, 2014 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
   May 1, 2013 Xythe Changed comic details.
   April 30, 2013 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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