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Early Life

Abraham van Helsing (Earth-616) from X-Men Apocalypse vs. Dracula Vol 1 2 001.jpg

Professor Abraham van Helsing was a legendary monster hunter during the mid to late 1800s, where he frequently clashed with Count Vlad Dracula, the king of all vampires.[3] Professor Abraham, at some point, met the ancient mutant Apocalypse and mistook him for a vampire because of his appearance.[4]

Dracula

When Count Dracula arrived at Whitby on the Demeter, almost immediately he began hunting for fresh victims. Count Dracula found Lucy Westenra, a friend of Mina Harker's and began the seduction that will ultimately transform Lucy into a vampire. Lucy’s fiancée, Arthur Holmwood discovers that Lucy is sick, and seeks the aid of Doctor John Seward and Professor Abraham Van Helsing. But neither of them are able to save Lucy's life. Lucy dies and rose from the grave as a vampire. Arthur and Professor Van Helsing went to her tomb and capture her during sunrise. They hammer a wooden stake through her heart, destroying her.

Jonathan and Mina returned from Budapest and learned about everything that has happened to Lucy. Jonathan even sees Count Dracula striding down the streets of London. Johnathan told Professor Van Helsing and Arthur of his trials at Castle Dracula, and Professor Van Helsing understood that Dracula must be the vampire lord responsible for turning Lucy into one of the undead. During the next few evenings, Count Dracula discovered Mina Harker and begins seducing her. Jonathan, Doctor Seward, Arthur and Professor Van Helsing learnt that the only way to save Mina from suffering a fate similar to Lucy’s was to destroy Dracula.

They banded together and flushed the vampire out of London. They trailed him back to his castle in Transylvania where they waited until the sun rose. Catching Count Dracula powerless inside his dungeon coffin, they stabbed at him with wooden stakes and sharp knives until he was apparently destroyed.[5][6]

Apocalypse

Later on, Professor Van Helsing met Apocalypse once again when he joined him, Jack Starsmore, Frederick Slade, and Ozymandias to combat Count Dracula and the undead members of Clan Akkaba.[4] They were at first overwhelmed by the vampires, but eventually emerged victorious thanks to Frederick and Jack.[7][8]

Professor Van Helsing then left Europe to head to the Americas, having heard of large, white furred, man-eating monsters in the north, also known as Wendigos.

Death

He was eventually ambushed by Dracula and killed.[9]

Powers and Abilities

Abilities

Abraham van Helsing possesses vast knowledge of the undead, particularly vampires.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Crucifix

Weapons

Wooden Stake

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

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