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1408: Tomb of Dracula #3 (v1)

" Who Stalks the Vampire? "
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Tomb of Dracula #3 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Gil Kane, Tom Palmer
Writers: Archie Goodwin
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: Tom Palmer
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: July 1972
Release Date: April 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 260                 Times Rated: 166
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
After losing his girlfriend, and his best friend to the archfiend Dracula, Frank Drake allies himself with the infamous vampire hunter, Van Helsing.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Frank Drake
Frank Drake last appeared in Tomb of Dracula #2 (v1). Frank Drake next appears in Tomb of Dracula #4 (v1).
  Rachel van Helsing
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Rachel van Helsing in the mainstream continuity. Rachel van Helsing next appears in Tomb of Dracula #4 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Taj Nitall
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Taj Nitall in the mainstream continuity. Taj Nitall next appears in Tomb of Dracula #4 (v1).
  Inspector Chelm
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Inspector Chelm in the mainstream continuity. Inspector Chelm next appears in Tomb of Dracula #6 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Whitby in the mainstream continuity. Whitby next appears in Tomb of Dracula #4 (v1).
  Godfrey Langston
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Godfrey Langston in the mainstream continuity.
Dracula last appeared in Tomb of Dracula #2 (v1). Dracula next appears in Tomb of Dracula #4 (v1).
  Clifton Graves
Clifton Graves last appeared in Tomb of Dracula #2 (v1). Clifton Graves next appears in Tomb of Dracula #4 (v1).
  Ilsa Strangway
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Ilsa Strangway in the mainstream continuity. Ilsa Strangway next appears in Tomb of Dracula #4 (v1).
Group Appearances
Metropolitan Police Service
Metropolitan Police Service last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #95 (v1). Metropolitan Police Service next appears in Tomb of Dracula #4 (v1).
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Issue Review
   December 8, 2013
New regular characters kick some life into the series, and the cliffhanger ending is very strong. 6/10
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  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-07 12:37:15  
  Assembling a team of vampire hunters seems to be the route the series is going to take. Nicely handled.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2014-07-06 14:05:55  
  I am really surprised that I enjoy this comic. The art is great, and the pacing is done very well. Nothing seems rushed.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2014-12-29 04:12:16  
  This is the best one so far. Colan's work is a bit more abstract here and a lot less messy than the previous 2 comics. This most likely due to superstar inker Tom Palmer. The funny thing is Colan drawing a cute bat with bunny ears for the Count's animal altered state. The coloring is the star here. The script is an ok read, except for Dracula's overbearing posturing. This story is developing nicely, even though the premise here seems to rely heavily on all the legend's cliches. (3+)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-04 11:48:42  
  Great story, intriguing cliffhanger and awesome art.  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-02-24 07:26:41  
  Nice seeing Van Helsing enter the action. I liked the turn at the end as well.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-03-02 19:14:17  
  Was concerned that after the first couple of issues they'd run out of "the usual" vampire stuff to do and the book would be listless, but it seems that they actually had some stories in mind when they decided to re-undead Drac, so hopefully the book stays strong.  

  sbcolt15 Says:    
  2015-05-31 11:11:06  
  Random theory that probably never plays out:
Frank Drake is a relative of Bobby Drake and therefore Iceman is a relative of Dracula. So Dracula is a mutant and vampirism is just a mutation.

  MattzLadd @ sbcolt15 (original post):    
  2016-03-21 17:49:23  
  I'm not convinced in the slightest.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-04-18 18:30:48  
  4 stars for Dracula fighting for his land!!!

Proper - I asked in TOD #1, when does Van Helfing become Van Helsing...now I know!

Daryl - Sweet of Rachel to bring out the crossbow!!!

Citizen's Arrest - It looks like the hotel clerk is wearing a bobby!! (p12,p5)

Sweet Dreams - Ahhh, Dracula looks so adorable when he is sleeping!!

'Nuff Said - "A box...a large oblong box."-Clifton Graves

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-02-23 06:48:08  
  Rachel is alright, but she's no Buffy.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-03-11 20:36:27  
  I am really enjoying this book so far. The plot is getting downright compelling, and the introduction of new characters with their own motivations is keeping things fresh. Good job so far, Marvel.

I wouldn't mind hunting vampires with a cutie like Rachel myself. Seriously, she comes across like she knows her stuff and hopefully doesn't turn into the typical Marvel damsel in distress. I get that this book is supposed to imply Frank as the hero, but he's going to need Rachel if he's going to win.

And Ilsa strikes me as the typically vain female who values her looks over anything, but that's a downright evil look on her face in the final panel. Nice job with that one, Gene. She could give Frank fits in his mission.

4 stars. Pretty solid story all around. This arc is getting better as it progresses.

  benmason486 Says:    
  2018-02-01 13:00:12  
  I'm really enjoying this story. It's not very original, but it seems to be a fun story. Wouldn't Drake just fall out of his coat if Taj grabbed it like that at the beginning?

"Linger" by the Cranberries just came on. Now I want Dolores O'Riordian to come back as a vampire and continue creating music.

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   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   December 7, 2017 fragsel Added Godfrey Langston to the issue.
   May 6, 2017 fragsel Updated the listing for Metropolitan Police Service.
   March 22, 2016 MattzLadd Added Whitby to the issue.
   March 21, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Metropolitan Police Service.
   March 21, 2016 MattzLadd Added Ilsa Strangway to the issue.
   November 8, 2015 fragsel Added Metropolitan Police Service to the issue.
   February 21, 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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