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1615: Tomb of Dracula #8 (v1)

" The Hell-Crawlers "
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Tomb of Dracula #8 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: John Buscema
Writers: Marv Wolfman
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: Ernie Chan
Colourists: Glynis Wein (Oliver)
Letterers: Charlotte Jetter
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: May 1973
Release Date: February 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 236                 Times Rated: 157
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Frank and the others have found themselves in an impossible situation with little hope of a solution. Meanwhile, Dracula seeks out an old acquaintance to set a new dastardly plan in motion.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Frank Drake
Frank Drake last appeared in Tomb of Dracula #7 (v1). Frank Drake next appears in Tomb of Dracula #9 (v1).
  Rachel van Helsing
Rachel van Helsing last appeared in Tomb of Dracula #7 (v1). Rachel van Helsing next appears in Tomb of Dracula #9 (v1).
  Quincy Harker
Quincy Harker last appeared in Tomb of Dracula #7 (v1). Quincy Harker next appears in Tomb of Dracula #9 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Taj Nitall
Taj Nitall last appeared in Tomb of Dracula #7 (v1). Taj Nitall next appears in Tomb of Dracula #9 (v1).
  Edith Harker
Edith Harker last appeared in Tomb of Dracula #7 (v1). Edith Harker next appears in Tomb of Dracula #9 (v1).
Saint last appeared in Tomb of Dracula #7 (v1). Saint next appears in Tomb of Dracula #9 (v1).
  Heinrich Mortte
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Heinrich Mortte in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
  Adrian Mortte
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Adrian Mortte in the mainstream continuity.
Dracula last appeared in Tomb of Dracula #7 (v1). Dracula next appears in Tomb of Dracula #9 (v1).
  Clifton Graves
Clifton Graves last appeared in Tomb of Dracula #7 (v1). Clifton Graves next appears in Tomb of Dracula #10 (v1).
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Issue Review
   December 15, 2013
Good art, but everything else is pretty poor. Dracula is a cartoon villain here, the jeopardy that our heroes find themselves in is fairly weak and is resolved in ridiculous fashion, the device featured in the story is silly, and the new vampire’s backstory and motivations are childish. The series now seems slapdash and badly thought-out. 3/10
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  Kez Says:    
  2012-10-02 07:45:08  
  I really wanted to hate this for bringing in zombies, but actually I quite liked it.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-13 16:18:57  
  Zombie Vampires! From before zombies were cool.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2014-08-05 18:47:57  
  Someone should tell that doctor that humans' life depends on blood too.  

  Magik_Rune Says:    
  2014-09-02 10:35:14  
  Dracula is such a boring vilain, this is embarrassing.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-03-12 19:59:54  
  I'm really impressed with this title. I forgot how much I liked it. The stories are not contrived, and are pretty exciting.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-05-14 17:21:09  
  I'm surprised that the heroes took a pretty passive role in this issue. Sure they locked the kids in the room like I suggested, but other than that, they sat around waiting to be rescued while some characters we've never met thwarted Dracula. Still played out well though.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-01-09 22:33:51  
  3 stars for Mortte M.E. saving the day; while Quincy M.E. was getting in a round of golf!!!

Cloves - Oh now, Quincy uses the net with the garlic...

Hawkeye - Nice shot by Rachel snuffing out the flame!!!

Ruh-Roh - I love the look on Saint's face in the car!!! (p7,p5)

Home Movies - I've always knew that projectors were instruments of the damned!!!

Chatterbox - I'm surprised Dracula let Mortte ramble on like that!!

MI6 - I wonder if the mysterious agent is really Q?!!

Fright Night - The most awesome bat fight ever!!!

The Living Undead - Like other have mentioned, I think Marvel didn't realize what they had here with Vampire Zombies!!!

'Nuff Said - "Curse Dracula--his plan is flawless..."-Quirky Quincy

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-04-29 07:31:49  
  Now Playing "Dracula" Brother Lynch Hung  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-05-23 12:38:46  
  This issue was flawed but fun. Having Quincy call for help every time the group gets trapped smacks a little deus-ex-machina-ish, but the story was still a little riveting and Dracula actually had a solid plan going. However, as one commenter suggested last issue, if Dracula rids humans in favor of the undead, what will be their source of food? Animal blood probably doesn't have the nutrients vampires need, let alone that satisfying aftertaste.

The highlight of the issue had to have benn that bat-fight; that was downright awesome! We all knew Mortte had to lose, and the group will never know that he prevented Drac from raising the dead. So were all those zombies vampires? If a vampire is killed, could be have been raised by that machine? Makes it even harder to kill vampires if true, but fortunately with the machine destroyed, it's all moot.

3 stars. Now we're just waiting for Quincy and Rachel to serve Drac a nice fancy stake and garlic dinner!

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-06-04 21:27:12  
  I love Mortte worrying about what he's going to tell his patients about all the blood being gone. Imagine going to the doctor and being told you need a blood transfusion, but unfortunately they can't do it because they gave all their blood to Dracula.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2018-02-18 19:55:14  
  This issue continues some of the themes from the last issue, but it just didn't really work in this one.

The kids were a cool idea in the last one: Potentially threatening, but the primary problem being you can't fight back. In this issue the set upon the car like wolves or zombies - a legitimate threat, and I felt it undercut the horror of possessed kids being set against you.

Last issue had Harker showing off his technological weapons for vampire hunting. Like the cross lanterns, this makes sense for fighting against an old, anachronistic villain. This issue had Mortte's...zombie ray? Beyond that not making sense, and being thematically muddy, when and how did Dracula learn of this? Hadn't he been trapped, staked in his castle, for the better part of 100 years?

This was by no means the worst comic I've read in this order (I'm looking at you, Captain Marvel #24), but I did spend most of the issue with one eyebrow raised in skeptical disbelief.

On the plus side, the art was mostly good, the partial transformations on page 16 notwithstanding, and the story kept a good pace with the two threads running concurrently.

  Marksman Says:    
  2018-03-10 22:52:16  
  Clever they named the doctor Mortte, as in Mort for death. This is the original Dr Death, as opposed to Kevorkian.  

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   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   September 26, 2015 fragsel Added Adrian Mortte to the issue.
   September 26, 2015 fragsel Added Heinrich Mortte to the issue.
   May 1, 2013 Xythe Changed comic details.
   April 30, 2013 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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