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Essential Tomb of Dracula 1
Essential Series Vol 1 #Tomb of Dracula 1
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December, 2003
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Appearing in "The Tomb of Dracula Volume 1"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #1.

Featured Characters:

  • Frank Drake (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)

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  • Jeanie (First appearance) (Main story and flashback) (Undeath)

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Synopsis for "The Tomb of Dracula Volume 1"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #1.

Frank Drake a descendant of the legendary Count Dracula, has come to Transylvania with his girlfriend Jean. Frank has inherited the Count's former home, a castle located in the mountains of Transylvania. Joining them is Frank's friend and Jean's former boyfriend Clifton Graves. The trio are driving in from London and their car breaks down along the way. As they push their vehicle, Frank notices that Clifton has been acting increasingly strange since they left England.

Arriving in a nearby village, they find that the people there are superstitious, believing all the old tales of Vampire lore. Seeking a coach to take them the rest of the way to Castle Dracula, they only find a man named Otto, who doesn't buy into the superstitions of the people in town. Drake and his companions continue their journey despite the warnings from the townsfolk to turn away. Frank is convinced that he can use his inheritance to make Transylvania a tourist spot.

Arriving at the castle on their last ten dollars, the trio are dropped off where Clifton makes an unwelcomed pass at Jean. Looking at the castle, Drake recalls how he he blew the million dollars he inherited along with the castle, and reflects on the summer where he met Jean. With no money to show for himself he would attempt to get loans from his friends to no avail. However, when telling his friend Clifton about his ownership of Castle Dracula, Clifton came up with the scheme to turn it into a tourist trap. Drake spent some time researching his family's past, and reading the diaries of his family and that of Van Helsing as well. Convinced that Castle Dracula could be turned into a tourist destination, Frank agreed to go on this expedition.

Frank and the others enter into Castle Dracula. Inside, the group is accosted by a group of bats, freaking out Jean. The group splits up. Jean considers how their travels have changed both Frank and Clifton, while Clifton explores another part of the castle, hoping to exploit the situation and wondering what he ever saw in Jean. Clifton ends up breaking through some old floorboards and falls through to a lower level of the castle. Following the steps, Clifton leads himself into the Castle's tomb and finds the coffin where Count Dracula's Earthly remains are kept. Opening the coffin, Clifton finds Dracula's bones with a wooden stake jutting out of its chest. While plotting to kill Frank to take over ownership of the castle, Clifton removes the stake from the bones and begins to walk out of the room.

Unfortunately for Clifton, he has unknowingly caused Dracula to return to life, his flesh and blood reforming upon the stake's removal from his skeleton. Dracula attacks Clifton, who tries to kill the Vampire King with rounds fired from his gun. They have no effect, and Clifton is soon knocked out and tossed down a pit for Dracula to summon later.

Transforming into a bat and flying to the upper levels of the castle, Dracula happens upon Frank and Jean who have just come across the portion of the floor that Clifton broke through. When Jean once more panics at the sight of a bat, they are further shocked when said bat suddenly transforms into Dracula himself. Both are astonished, and Jean soon finds herself under Dracula's hypnotic thrall and walks toward the vampire, pushing Frank aside. Drake knocks Jean out. When Dracula attempts to attack, Frank pulls out Jean's silver compact. Silver is one of a vampire's weaknesses, and Dracula is forced to transform into bat form to flee the sceen and find sustenance elsewhere.

Dracula does find it in a girl walking alone in the streets of the village, and quickly feasts upon her before heading back to the castle. When the girl's body is found by villagers, they realize that Dracula is back from the grave, and organize a mob to torch the Castle.

When Dracula returns to the castle, he finds Jean sleeping in a bed all by herself. When he attempts to feed upon her once more, he finds that she is wearing a crucifix, which drives him back. This was all a trap set by Frank, who reveals to Dracula their common ancestry, and attacks Dracula further by showing him a mirror. Getting close enough, Frank tosses Jean's silver compact at Dracula, striking the vampire's brow. Although it causes Dracula pain, it only enrages him and the vampire lord is soon upon Drake, with the intent to kill him.

Jean wakes up to find Dracula attacking Frank, just as the angry mob of townspeople are approaching the castle with torches. Dracula meanwhile, uses his hypnotic gaze to make Jean remove the crucifix from her person and toss it out a window. As the townspeople light the castle on fire, Frank revives to find Dracula feeding upon Jean. Trying to stop Dracula, Frank uses the silver compact once more, forcing Dracula to once again change into a bat and flee the scene. Drank picks up Jean's body and carries her out of the castle where he tells the villagers that Dracula is gone. After the townsfolk leave, Frank sees to Jean and is horrified to find her dead.

His tears are interrupted when Jean suddenly rises up, and explains to Frank that because Dracula did not kill her, she was transformed into a vampire instead. Seeing Dracula flying off, Jean then follows after him leaving Frank to mourn over his loss.

Appearing in "The Fear Within!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #2.

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  • Fritz
  • Bart (a bar patron) (First appearance)
  • Carl von Harbou (First appearance) (Dracula's former assistant)
  • Ellie (a bar patron) (First appearance)
  • Gort (a valet) (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Fear Within!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #2.

Frank Drake has returned to the burnt out ruins of Castle Dracula with a valet named Gort, hoping to get revenge on his immortal ancestor, Count Dracula who had succeeded into changing Drake's lover Jean into a vampire. Taking Gort into Dracula's tomb, he explains to the man-servant the events that led up to Dracula's resurrection and the vampire lords subsequent escape after he turned Jean into a vampire and the local towns folk had lit Castle Dracula ablaze. Hearing cries for help, Frank and Gort find Clifton Graves trapped in a pit and help him out. Brought up to speed, Drake explains the first part of his plan to get revenge against Dracula: stealing the vampire lords coffin.

While down in the village below, Dracula stalks and kills another girl to feed upon her blood. Afterwards, Dracula pays a visit to Carl Von Harbou, a man who, as a boy years ago had been a loyal servant to Dracula prior to his recent death. Dracula asks Von Harbou to help conceal his pale skin tone in order to more easily pass as a normal human. With the process done, Dracula then feeds upon Von Harbou, revealing that he knew that it was Carl -- as a boy -- who betrayed him to the men who killed him last.

Days later, Frank Drake and Clifton Graves arrive in London, having brought Dracula's coffin with them, Drake ready and confident that Dracula will come to them and that he will be ready to stop his murderous ancestor. That night, Drake is visited by Jean who attempts to tempt Frank into becoming her next victim. When they are interrupted by Clifton, Clifton is too drunk to realize that Jean is really a vampire until Frank pulls out a crucifix, causing Jean great pain.

Listening from below, Dracula has faith that Jean will succeed in killing both Drake and Graves, and walks off when he spots another girl to make his next victim. Following her into a pub, Dracula uses his power to charm the woman until he is interrupted by the man's boyfriend Remo. When Remo attempts to pick a fight with Dracula, the vampire easily overpowers and leaves with the girl. Luring her into a dark alley, Dracula feeds upon her, her screams drawing Remo and the other bar patrons who stand in utter horror as they witness Dracula transforming into a bat and flying away. Dracula returns to his hide out where he boasts over Drake's error in planning: Having Dracula's coffin is not fatal to the vampire at all, it's not the coffin but the dirt inside which Dracula needs to be able to sleep and laughs as this will lead to Drake's defeat.

Back at Drake's apartment, Frank has tied up Jean, who continues to try and convince Clifton that Frank has gone crazy. Clifton, still jealous over the fact that Frank had won Jean's love away from him decides to betray Frank in order to get Jean back and drugs Frank's coffee. With Frank knocked out he unties her as Dracula arrives to reclaim his coffin. As they go into the other room to take the coffin, Frank revives and enters the room with a crucifix in hand.

Dracula sends Clifton to attack Frank, the struggle takes the crucifix out of Dracula's sight long enough for the lord of the vampires to attack his ancestor, knocking the holy symbol away. With Frank preoccupied with Dracula, Jean then turns on Clifton. Managing to struggle from from Dracula, Frank sees that Jean is about to feed upon Clifton and grabs a broken table leg and rams it into her back. Realizing that the dawn is rising, Dracula decides to retreat and transforms into a bat and flies away.


With the sun rising, Jean begins to disintegrate, he final words are her pleas to Frank that she does not want to die this way. Her pleas are useless as she eventually burns up in the sun leaving Frank to weep for her passing.

Appearing in "Who Stalks the Vampire?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #3.

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Synopsis for "Who Stalks the Vampire?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #3.

Continued from last issue...

Appearing in "Through A Mirror Darkly!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #4.

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Synopsis for "Through A Mirror Darkly!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #4.

Continued from last issue....

Dracula has come to the home of Ilsa Strangeway who has purchased Castle Dracula from Frank Drake in the hopes that she can find the secret to restoring her youth. Dracula has come to take his property back by force however Ilsa manages to hold him back with a crucifix. She then asks to make him a deal. She confirms that the words in Bram Stoker's Dracula were true, that being turned into a vampire would make her immortal. Dracula confirms this, and Ilsa asks Dracula to turn her into a vampire, and in exchange she will give him a dark mirror, the only occult artifact she had purchased that was not a fraud. She suggests to Dracula that the mirror could bring him salvation.

Dracula accepts the bargain, and Ilsa tosses the crucifix away, allowing Dracula to feed on her. Hearing his mistresses screams, Ilsa's butler goes to investigate the noise and comes upon Dracula with Ilsa's lifeless body. He tries to attack Dracula and is easily knocked back. The butler comes around later in a hospital where he tells his story to Frank Drake and Rachel Van Helsing, who have come to aid the Scotland Yard in the investigation. After hearing the story, the trio go to Ilsa's home and find that she had been moved out of the location and they begin to track her.

While not far away in an abandoned bunker, Clifton Graves had moved Dracula and Ilsa's bodies here to sleep away the day. As night falls, Dracula rises and finds that Ilsa has been resurrected as a vampire as well. With the hunger full upon her, she attempts to feed on Clifton, however Dracula stops her as he has claim over Clifton's life. He then demands that she tell him the secret of the mirror. She explains that she purchased the mirror in an auction and that she had researched on it, learning that the mirror has the occult power to transport people through time. Not wishing to use it to escape to the 19th Century as Ilsa had reasoned would be his use for it, Dracula is however satisfied with their bargain and they go out to feast leaving Clifton Graves to return to the mansion to wait for them.

Along the way he is ambushed by Frank Drake, Rachel Van Helsing and Taj who easily knock him. While Rachel has Taj deal with Clifton, she and Frank enter the bunker. There, Rachel places crucifix's in the two vampires coffins and then sends Frank and Taj to wait for Dracula at the mansion while she waits in the bunker for Ilsa's return.

In the village, Ilsa goes on a hunt for humans, believing that drinking their blood will restore her youth. As Dracula makes his way back to the mansion, he spots Frank Drake and attacks him. The king of the vampires is however forced away when Taj shines a flashlight with the shape of the cross on Dracula. Hiding in the mansion, Dracula attempts to escape once more but is once more blasted by a crucifix shaped flashlight. With nowhere to flee, Dracula decides to make his retreat through the dark mirror and heads to the mansions upper level.

Meanwhile, Ilsa has returned to the bunker unaware that Van Helsing is waiting for her with a bound up Clifton Graves. When she finds that her coffin has a crucifix put in it, she realizes that her hands are still aged and withered and realized that becoming a vampire had not restored her youth and that when one becomes a vampire they become immortal they do not gain their youth. When Clifton mocks Ilsa about how Dracula fooled her, she also reveals that she had tricked Dracula as well: That the mirror would only travel one back to a time where the mirror already existed, any attempt to travel to a time prior to the mirrors existence in the earthly world would send the traveler to a world of demon creatures.

She furiously attempts to slay Clifton, however she stops herself realizing what she gave up for the cost of immortality. Noticing Rachel Van Helsing, Ilsa asks the vampire hunter to kill her out of mercy, and Van Helsing complies by firing her cross bow and impaling her with a wooden stake.

Rachel rushes back to the mansion to rendezvous with Frank and Taj and finds Frank and learns that Taj went inside after Dracula. Rushing in after him, Rachel and Frank are horrified to arrive just in time to see a struggle between Taj and Dracula take a turn for the worse when the fight sends them through the mirror.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Death to a Vampire-Slayer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #5.

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Synopsis for "Death to a Vampire-Slayer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #5.

Dracula drags Taj through the black mirror, protecting him in case his food supply should not be plentiful. They travel to 19th century Transylvania, and the Count stores Taj in a Marble Sarcophagus for later consumption. Drake and Rachel follow, rescue Taj, and arrive at the Van Helsing manor in time to save Rachel's grandfather, but Dracula and his flunky, Lenore, manage to escape back into the mirror.

Appearing in "The Moorlands Monster!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #6.

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Synopsis for "The Moorlands Monster!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #6.

Continued from last issue....

Dracula and Lenore have travelled through the Demon Mirror out of 19th Century Transylvania to find themselves in the English Moores of the modern era. Becoming hungry, the two vampires decide to go out and feast, unaware that they are being watched by some strange creature. Dracula finds a victim in a young girl who is walking in the fog alone, feeding upon her and leaving her for dead. Her body is found by the strange creature and is carried off. Lenore finds her own victim, a young man walking home from the pub.

While at the home of the late Ilsa Strangeway, Frank Drake, Rachel van Helsing, and Taj return to their own century through the mirror to learn from the Ilsa's butler that Dracula did not come through the mirror before them. Whitby tells them that Dracula must have appeared elsewhere through another mirror. Leaving the Strangeway mannor, they come upon Inspector Chlem who tells them of stories of a shaggy man, as well as exsanguinated victims in the English Moores.

Going to investigate, Rachel, Frank and Taj meet with the couple who came across the dead bodies, Lord and Lady Dering. They learn that they do not know much. The trio decide to journey out to find either the shaggy creature or Dracula and split up to cover more ground. Rachel comes across some footsteps and tracks them to a nearby chapel, spotting bats flying into it Rachel decides to investigate.

Inside, Rachel is attacked by Lenore, the young vampire hunters screams are heard across the way sending Frank and Taj to her rescue. Along the way, they find Dracula's last victim whom, but continue forward. They come across both Dracula and Lenore standing over Rachel, with Lenore about to feast on her. When Frank attempts to fire a stake at Dracula, the vampire lord pulls Lenore away before she can feed on Rachel and uses her as a shield for the stake meant for him. The shot is true, impaling Lenore in the heart, killing her, and Dracula manages to escape in all the confusion. Dracula vows that he will kill the three vampire hunters, unaware that he is being stalked by the shaggy creature that has been prowling the Moores.

Returning to the Derin's manor with their deceased servant, confirming to the Dering's that the death of their servant was at the hands of a vampire. Lord Dering however explains the origins of the shaggy creature out in the Moores. He explains that a recessive gene in the family tree causes some males in the Dering family to inherit Rachitis, a genetic disorder that causes a twisted form and a body full of hair. Lord Dering explains that his son Randolph was the most recent family member stricken with this affliction and is the creature out in the bogs. He further explains that they hid the boy in the nearby chapel and sent the servant girl to feed it, and that the monster grew fond of the girl.

With the story told, Lord Dering suggests to the vampire hunters to search for Dracula in Hagscroft Castle, an abandoned castle that has a tomb full of coffins ideal for Dracula to sleep in. Deciding to check this out, the three vampire hunters head toward Hagscroft unaware that Dracula is already hidden there and is planning a death trap for them.

When the trio arrive, Dracula ambushes them, knocking Taj out by throwing a cement lid at the strong man. Dracula then easily over powers both Frank and Rachel, tossing them into a pit. Before covering it over with the lid, Dracula mocks Frank, taunting him with the fact that they share a similar heritage and suggests that someday Frank himself may become a vampire before closing them in. In the pit, the two finally express their feelings to one another and share a kiss.

They are rescued shortly after by the arriving Monster of the Moores, who's superior strength allows it to lift the lid off the pit and toss down a rope for them to climb out of. Once out of the pit, they find no trace of Dracula and that Taj is unharmed and coming around. With their chase ended, the three hunters follow the shaggy man out of the castle. Frank is lost in thought over Dracula's parting words and wondering if there isn't some truth behind them.

Appearing in "Night of the Death Stalkers!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #7.

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Synopsis for "Night of the Death Stalkers!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #7.

Dracula has returned to London on a snowy night, seeking out a fresh victim in his bat form under the cover of snow. Dracula would happen upon Edith Harker, who unknown to Dracula is the granddaughter of his old foe Jonathan Harker. When Dracula attempts to attack the girl, he finds that she is wearing a crucifix. Unable to feed upon her, Dracula knocks her out and summons rats to feast on her as he goes out to seek a new victim elsewhere. Edith is rescued by her father, the wheelchair bound Quincy Harker and his dog Saint, who fight off the legion of rats and take Edith home. Quincy decides to get in touch with Rachel van Helsing to tell her that Dracula has returned to London.

Elsewhere, Dracula returns to his hideout, where his slave Clifton Graves waits for his masters return. Dracula surmises that his foes Frank Drake and Rachel van Helsing will find him soon, and when Graves offers his aid Dracula angrily strikes him away calling him a coward.

Dracula's anticipation turns out to be correct, as Rachel, Frank and Taj receive a telegram from Quincy Harker at the home of Lord and Lady Dering and head into London immediately. On the train ride in, Rachel explains Quincy Harker's family background and how both the Harkers and van Helsing's have been working together to fight vampires over the years.

Arriving at Quincy's home, Frank is introduced to the crippled vampire hunter, who shows Frank and the others the various devices he uses to hunt vampires even though he is confined to a wheelchair. Quincy explains his family's legacy fighting Dracula, and asks Frank if he will join their fight to vanquish Dracula once and for all. Frank agrees, telling Quincy that he will fight with them until the end.

That night, in Dracula's hide out, Clifton goes to awaken Dracula, who angrily pushes the slave away and begins his next plot against the vampire hunters that seek to destroy him. Going out into the town, Dracula comes across a group of children playing ball and uses his hypnotic powers to put the children in his thrall, intending to use them as an army of assassins against his enemies. Dracula takes them back to Clifton's residence intending to use them later.

Later in the evening as a drunk man stumbles home from the pubs, Dracula has an army of rats herd the man to where he can attack and feed upon his hapless victim. The mans dying screams alert Quincy Harker and the others, who go out looking for Dracula. Quincy's dog Saint finds Dracula first and soon, the other vampire hunters are upon the vampire king as well. Their attack fails to stop Dracula who turns into mist and escapes in bat form. They all pile into Quincy's car, to chase after Dracula, leaving Edith behind to man the radio in case they need back-up.

Chasing Dracula back to his hide out, the vampire hunters wait for Dracula to retire for the coming dawn and break into the mansion. Finding Dracula's coffin they attempt to put a stake through Dracula's heart when they find him apparently sleeping in his coffin. However, this turns out to be a trick as they soon find Dracula standing behind them laughing how easily he fooled them with a dead body disguised to look like himself.

Dracula then calls forth his army of hypnotized children to attack Quincy and the others, and escapes. Before Dracula can get away however, Quincy manages to strike him with a wooden dart laced with a lethal poison. Dracula does get away, leaving the heroes to deal with the children who now prepare to attack them.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Hell-Crawlers"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #8.

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Synopsis for "The Hell-Crawlers"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #8.

Continued from last issue...

Dracula has left the vampire hunters to die at the hands of an army of hypnotized children, however not before Quincy Harker has struck Dracula with a poison tipped dart. Although it cannot kill Dracula, it has indeed poisoned him and will continue to poison him for all eternity unless he can get it expunged from his system. When Clifton Graves tries to offer his master aid, Dracula angrily swats him aside and escapes in his bat form.

Dracula seeks out a doctor named Heinrich Mortte, crashing into his office window when the pain becomes too great and passes out as he resumes his human form. The horrified people witnessing the spectacle are sent away by Heinrich.

While back in Grave's home, the hypnotized children advance on Quincy Harker, Frank Drake, Rachel van Helsing and Taj. Not wanting to harm these innocent victims of Dracula, Quincy orders Rachel to snuff out the candles in the room so they they can escape the children under the cover of darkness. They send Rachel out a window to run around and unlock the door to the room they are trapped in while the others fend off the children. Rachel runs into Clifton Graves who tries to stop her to no avail.

Unlocking the door to the room the others are trapped in provides a distraction enough for the others to break free. Locking the children back in the room, they make their escape, Quincy expressing a need for haste as the children will likely break free of the room and continue to follow Dracula's orders to kill them.

While at Dr. Mortte's office, Dracula demands that Heinrich perform a total transfusion to cure him of the poison. When Heinrich initially refuses, Dracula threatens to reveal to his daughter Adrian that her own father is also a vampire. Not wishing his daughter to know his shaming secret Heinrich agrees to perform the transfusion on Dracula. As the operation is being done, Quincy and the others get to Quincy's car to find that the car will not start. As Quincy calls for help, the others continue to futilely start the engine as the children, having broken out of the room, descend on them.

While back at the doctors office, the operation is a success and Dracula is free from the poisons effects. The king of vampires then demands that Mortte dismiss his waiting patients and his daughter as well. With them gone, Dracula orders Heinrich to take him to a device called the Projector. Unable to disobey Dracula's commands, Heinrich takes Dracula to his lab hidden in a cemetery mausoleum, where he gives Dracula the Project. The device would allow Dracula to raise the dead from the graves to create an army of zombie vampires to do his bidding.

While back at Harker's car, the children attempt to break into the car, but to no avail until they start throwing rocks at the windshield. Their attack is stopped however due to the timely arrival of Edith Harker who arrives in a helicopter equipped with a sonic device that knocks out the children. After the others are rescued Quincy assures his daughter that the children will awake back to normal and free of Dracula's control. With the threat ended, Quincy orders the others to go back to Dracula's fortress to wait for his return.

While in the graveyard not far away, Dracula and Heinrich are about to use the Projector, when Heinrich is spotted by his daughter who had come to prey at her mothers grave. Caught by his daughter, Heinrich is forced to explain that he is a vampire and must bow to Dracula's rule. Dracula uses the Projector to raise the dead as an army of vampires and orders them to kill Heinrich's daughter. Horrified, Heinrich grabs the projector and flies off in bat form. Furious, Dracula turns into a bat also and chases after Heinrich. As the two fight, Heinrich drops the Projector on the ground smashing it to pieces. With the device destroyed, all the newly risen vampires dissolve into dust.

With the menace over, Heinrich, no longer wishing to live the life of a vampire then impales himself on the pointed fence posts on the cemetery fence. With his opponent dead, and his plot foiled, Dracula flees the scene leaving Adrian to mourn her fathers death.

Appearing in "Death From The Sea!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #9.

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Synopsis for "Death From The Sea!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #9.

In the city of Liverpool a fisherman pulls up an interesting catch: Dracula, who has been slumbering in the water. Frightened, the fisherman gets some of the locals, not recognizing Dracula for who he really is they decide to take him to the local church thinking that he is dead.

The church itself is run by Father William who swears he sees Dracula's arm move but dismisses the notion. Later when Dracula revives, he is horrified to find that he is in a church. Caused instant pain by the sight of the many crucifix's in the room, Dracula changes into his bat form and tries to break out of the church. However, he prove s to be too weak to escape. Changing back into his human form, the vampire then makes a run for the door and bolts out of the church.

The locals gather around and are shocked to find that the man they pulled from the water was not dead. This causes Dracula to reflect back on the moments that led to him being in the water. He recalls leaving the dead body of Heinrich Mortte to find fresh victims to feed upon. Coming across two young lovers, Dracula attempts to feed on them, but suffers a brief relapse from the poison he was subjected to and is forced to flee the scene. Weakened, Dracula was found by a group of bikers who would attempt to rob him. Finding nothing of value, the bikers would beat him until they are frightened off by a police siren, however they would dump Dracula's body into the water before fleeing.

Relating an amended version of this story so as not to betray his vampiric nature, Dracula introduces himself to Father William as "Mr. Drake". With no trains coming until Saturday, Dracula decides to rest up and get well while he is in Liverpool. When Father William offers Dracula to stay in the church, the lord of the vampires refuse. Dracula however does accept to stay with a young man named David and his mother. This counters David's girlfriend Andrea's desire to talk, however David has decided that he is leaving town in the next week if even if she refuses to join him.

Along the way to David's home, Dracula learns of the boys desire to leave town because he finds that it is a backwater place and that he desires a more exciting life. Arriving at David's home, Dracula is introduced to his mother, Dracula thanks the family for their hospitality, accepts a bowl of chowder and "retires" to the room they have provided him for the night. There, Dracula dumps out the chowder, desiring nothing but fresh blood to sate his appetite.

While out on the prowl for a fresh victim, Dracula happens upon Andrea, David's girlfriend, but decides not to harm her -- for now. He happens upon Gladys, a bar tender who has closed up for the night after turning down one of her patrons named Corker for a night of drunken romance. Hearing Gladys' dying screams, Corker goes to investigate to find her lifeless body. To his horror she revives as a Vampire and feeds off him as well.

Having returned to David's house, Dracula is roused by David who has come to ask Dracula if he might join him when he leaves Liverpool. Dracula tries to talk David out of leaving, telling him that the outside world is full of people who would exploit him. Their discussion is cut short when Corker, now a vampire himself, attempts to feed on Andrea. Her screams alerting David of the danger, he goes to the girls rescue while Dracula watches on.

Meanwhile, in London, with no leads on Dracula's location Quincy Harker and his vampire hunters spend their time training when Quincy suddenly gets a phone call which he has to answer immediately.

Back in Liverpool, Dracula steps in and order Gladys and Corker to cease their attacks on Andrea and David and orders them away. Witnessed by Father William, Dracula suggests that they return to David's home immediately. Realizing Dracula for what he is, Father William gathers the town folk together to kill Dracula and head toward David's home. Hearing Father William's claims from outside, David asks Dracula if it's all true. Dracula confesses and tells David to go outside of the house with Andrea and his mother. While the humans outside are distracted, Dracula makes an escape in bat form out the back window.

Father William and his mob track down Gladys and Corker and stake them, killing them instantly. David then sends the others on a wild goose chase for Dracula, Dracula appears before David and Andrea and thanks David for his help. Dracula asks David for his assistance, however David refuses. Impressed by David's newfound devotion to Andrea, Dracula parts with the lad as a friend, resuming his bat form and flying off into the misty night air.

Appearing in "His Name Is... Blade!"

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Tomb of Dracula #10.

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Synopsis for "His Name Is... Blade!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #10.

On the docks of London, a young couple is trying to spirit off to America when they are attacked by a trio of vampires who refer to themselves as part of Dracula's Legion. Before they can feed on the couple however, they are attacked by Blade, a vampire hunter armed with wooden knives. Blade easily over powers the vampires, stabbing them in the heart with his knives, effectively staking them and killing them instantly. After the battle, Blade is confronted by Quincy Harker and his daughter Edith. Quincy scolds Blade for brashly killing vampires who are part of Dracula's minions, as they could have led the vampire hunters directly to Dracula himself. Blade simply scoffs at Quincy and departs, telling the old vampire hunter that he will hunt by his own methods and kill Dracula on his own terms.

Elsewhere on a private cruise shop that has been rented out by the rich Gabriel Trulaine, Trulaine has a special surprise for his guests: Count Dracula. This is really Dracula, however the vampire lord leaves all present to believe that he is merely an ancestor who suffers from a rare blood disease and requires blood transfusions. After charming his guests (especially the ladies) Dracula retires to his room with his slave, Clifton Graves. When Graves wonders why Dracula doesn't simply destroy all aboard the ship, Vlad angrily explains that he intends to exert his will over the wealthy and influential people aboard the ship to suit his own ends.

Spotting a woman whom he was charming earlier, and needing a quick feeding, Dracula lures the girl somewhere private and drinks some of her blood. He then takes the girl back to his room and charges Clifton with watching her as Dracula intends on draining her dry after he is finished his appointed task and leaves to rejoin the other guests. First, Dracula takes control of the ship, hypnotizing it's captain and getting the passengers attention by giving the ship a quick jolt.

Confronting the gusts, Dracula reveals his true vampire nature and boasts about how he will make all aboard his slaves. When one of the guests attempts to shoot Dracula, the vampire lord laughs off the attempt on his life and throws the man overboard. Dracula then begins ordering the passengers loyalty, totally unaware that Blade has tracked him to the ship and is now secretly boarding it.

Dracula's plan backfires when one of the passengers pulls out a crucifix and trains it on him, causing the vampire king pain, allowing for the passengers to rush him. Meanwhile, back in his quarters, his intended victim revives -- and in a hypnotic trance thanks to Dracula's vampire bite -- knocks Clifton out and leaves the room seeking to find her "lover", Dracula.

Topside, Dracula manage to escape the passengers by turning into mist and flying away from the cross and demands that they deliver his ultimatum or die. Their response comes in the form of Blade, who reveals himself to Dracula and challenges him. The two lock in battle, and Dracula finds that Blade is himself a skillful fighter. However, Dracula manages to over-power Blade, however his attack is distracted when the woman reaches him and calls out his name, with Clifton Graves following behind bellowing apologies over letting her go. Furious at this distraction because it allowed Blade to break free and regain his footing, Dracula throws the girl at him. Dracula then tells all aboard that he ordered the captain to plant explosives aboard the ship and then flees leaving them all -- including Clifton Graves, to perish.

As Dracula escapes in his bat form, Blade ushers everyone to jump overboard leaving only the pathetic Clifton Graves behind begging his master to come back for him. When the ship explodes, all the passengers are safely away from the ship except for Clifton Graves who is seemingly killed in the explosion. Dracula departs vowing to get revenge on Blade in a battle which the vampire killer will not return from alive.

Appearing in "The Voodoo-Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #11.

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Synopsis for "The Voodoo-Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #11.

Following his battle against Blade, Dracula races against the dawn to make back to Surrey Forest where his coffin awaits within a mortuary. He reflects on the events of the night past, and then decides that he will get revenge against the bikers who attacked him a few nights previous before pursuing any of his other goals, and then retires for the day.

Elsewhere, in the mansion of Jason Faust, Lucas Brand (the leader of the gang which occupies Dracula's vengeful thoughts) is taking on a job from Faust, a man trapped in an iron lung. Faust asks Brand to go to seek out banker Oliver Gordon to put the scare in him. Brand rejoins his fellow bikers and speed off to do Fausts dirty work. Along the way, the bikers speedy by Frank Drake and Rachel von Helsing, splashing both of them with a puddle. Frank is upset, but Rachel calms him down by suggesting that they go and check out a play about Dracula that is entering it's finals weeks of it's London engaguement.

Lucas and his goons soon arrive at Gordon's bank where they explain to the man that because he refused to cash bonds before they were due, Faust was unable to pay for an important operation and that he was forced to be confined in an iron lung. This news horrifies Oliver, who is angered when Brand tells him that Faust intends to get revenge via Voodoo. Not willing to be threatened, Oliver reveals that he has a security camera that will record any foul play. Brand then signals Faust via a signal-watch, and Faust (via animatronic arms) stabs a voodoo doll made in the image of Gordon. The resulting stab through the chest of the doll causes Oliver to keel over and die instantly. Brands men then trash the camera, destroying any evidence of their involvement.

As night falls, Dracula is out once more, and spots a woman walking alone in the mist being stalked by a knife wielding prowler. Dracula opts to let the girl go, choosing instead the male prowler to be his next victim, draining his blood before flying away.

While back at the mansion of Jason Faust, Brand returns to report in and Faust explains that two more men will face his vengeance. He tells Brand the story about how he ended up in the iron lung: Years ago he was suggested to make a business trip to Haiti where he was abandoned by his guides and friends and when a local tribe attacked them, taking Faust prisoner. Faust was taken to the tribes Voodoo priest, Molodowi the Hexman, who sought to punish Faust for travelling on sacred land. Immobilized with a voodoo doll, he was tortured for months before he was saved by the military and sent home. However the lasting effects of the torture on his nervous system required that he be confined to an iron lung. Finishing his story, he tells Brand that he wants him to go to the other two men he blames for his condition: Lastman, his ex-partner who abandoned him, and Quincy Harker who suggested that he go to Haiti in the first place.

Elsewhere, at a seedy nightclub, Dracula begins his hunt for the bikers who attacked him those few nights ago. Recognizing one of them in the crowd, Dracula pulls the man outside and forces the information about the gangs plans for the night before he departs to get his revenge. Dracula tracks the gang to Lastman's location to find that they have departed, and that Lastman has already been killed by Voodoo much as Gordon before him.

While at the home of Quincy Harker, Quincy is spending a night alone with his dog Saint when suddenly Brand and his gang burst through the door. They easily knock Quincy aside, however before Brand can activate his watch giving Faust the signal to use the voodoo doll fashioned after Quincy, Dracula bursts through the window. Dracula easily over powers Quincy's attackers and orders all of them except for Lucas to leave, hop on their motorcycles and drive off the nearest cliff.

Dracula tells Harker that his vendetta this night is with Lucas Brand only and that he will spare the crippled old vampire hunter for now. Hypnotizing Brand and escorting him out of Harker's home, Dracula changes Lucas into a vampire and sends him back to Faust. There Faust is waiting with a voodoo doll fashioned after Lucas, just in case Lucas attempted to betray him. Brand attacks him anyway, biting Faust as his his former employer puts a needle through the heart of the doll. Brand drops dead, and Faust is horrified to find that moments later he too has become a vampire. He then waits in absolute horror as the raising sun slowly pours in through the window of the room.

Appearing in "Night of the Screaming House!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #12.

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Synopsis for "Night of the Screaming House!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #12.

Young Elizabeth Langely is about to become one of Dracula's next victims when the vampire lord is interrupted by the arrival of Quincy Harker, his daughter Edith, Frank Drake, Rachel van Helsing, and Taj Nitall. All the groups attempts to kill Dracula are thwarted, and in the battle Dracula manages to grab hold of Edith. When Frank attempts to save her, Dracula swats him away. Dracula tells Harker that he will be in touch at midnight the following evening to tell him the location of his daughter, telling the aged vampire hunter that if he does not appear then, he will never see his daughter again. Dracula then transforms into bat-form and flies off with Edith as his prisoner, leaving Quincy and his band of vampire hunters behind. Quincy is horrified by what has happened, having dreaded this possibility ever since his wife had died.

Dracula takes Edith to the mortuary where he has been hiding out, where he plots to get revenge against Quincy Harker for all the years he has hounded him. When Dracula contacts Harker and the others, he tells them to go to a haunted mansion called Whispering Hell. As the heroes travel there Dracula contacts Blade and taunts him into coming to him. Blade leaves to try and slay Dracula, much to the anger and disappointment of his woman, Safron.

Entering the house, Quincy Harker and the other vampire hunters find the house plunged in darkness, lighting torches they soldier on. When Frank's foot falls through rotting stairs, it rouses an army of bats which attack them, scarring Rachel's face. The bats are fought off by Quincy and Taj, while Rachel and Frank spot Dracula leading Edith away. Leaving Rachel to tend to her wounds, Frank and Taj following after them, they find that Edith has dropped her embroiled handkerchief. Searching further, Frank is startled by the arrival of Blade, who knocks away Frank's gun before Frank can accidentally shoot him. While the two are arguing over how to deal with Dracula, an unseen hand unleashes two poisonous tarantulas which slowly crawl toward Frank's leg.

Taj meanwhile, finds the room where Dracula has stashed away Edith, however before he can go to the girls aid he is knocked out by Dracula. While in the hall, Blade notices the spiders and saves Frank's life, rolling them up in a carpet and tossing them away. Hearing Edith's screams, Blade rushes to her rescue to find her with Dracuala standing over her. Their fight takes them out of the room, where Dracula knocks Blade over the hallway railing to the floor below, however Blade saves himself from the fatal fall by grabbing hold of a chandelier.

Frank attempts to attack Dracula with a fire axe, however this attack fails as Dracula easily overpowers his ancestor. Before Dracula can dispose of him, he is attacked by Blade once more, who manages to slash Dracula's face with his wooden daggers. With his face scarred, the vein vampire lord makes his escape, smashing out a window, turning into bat form and flying out the window.

Then Edith enters the room and reveals that Dracula has turned her into a vampire, and demands that they kill her before the urge to feed overtakes her. Throwing herself off the railing to the ground below, the fall knocks her out. With a heavy heart Quincy Harker does the hardest thing he ever has had to do: kill his own daughter. With the deed done, Frank Drake rushes to the nearest window and vows to the fleeing Dracula that they will destroy him.

Appearing in "To Kill a Vampire!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #13.

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  • Lucas Brand
  • Mr. Lo (First appearance)
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Synopsis for "To Kill a Vampire!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #13.

Story continued from last issue...

Quincy Harker has just been forced to kill his own daughter after Dracula has turned her into a vampire. While Harker mourns the loss of his daughter, Frank Drake is furious and wants to go after Dracula right away. Frank takes out his anger on Blade, who shrugs it off and suggests that they dispose of Edith's body before resuming their hunt for Dracula, an idea that Quincy agrees with.

Meanwhile, Dracula has fled to another part of London where he comes across a man named Skinnee who is advancing on a woman named Cecile who is not interested in him. Dracula interrupts the attempted rape and kills Skinnee, and then uses his hypnotic powers of Cecile. He feeds on her, but doesn't killing her, satisfied with the fact that he can summon her as his slave whenever he chooses. Dracula flies off and decides to learn more about 20th century humanity so he can better understand it for the purposes of conquering it. Dracula decides to make his first visit a nearby sports arena.

While at the Scotland Yard morgue in London, a man named Mr. Lo has come on the behalf of his master Dr. Sun. He bribes the man running the front desk to allow him to see the body of Lucas Brand. Taking the body, Mr. Lo kills the morgue staffer so that no trace of his involvement can be learned.

Back at the sports arena, Dracula enters to find a boxing match going in full swing. Dracula finds this mock battle a pathetic and revolting at the same time, before leaving to return to the night skies.

Later at the home of Quincy Harker just after the cremation of Edith, Blade confides in the other vampire hunters. He explains that he began hunting vampires so that he can track down and kill the one that murdered his mother. He explains that while his mother was pregnant with him, there were complications which necessitated a doctor being called in. Unknown to all until it was too late was that the doctor that came was really a vampire. As Blade's mother was giving birth to him, the vampire fed upon her, killing her in the process. When his mothers friends burst into the room, the vampire fled out the window leaving them to complete the child birth, even though Blade's mother was now dead. When they told him the tale when he was older, they remarked how he never cried after being born, nor has he ever cried once since. With his story finish, Blade tells off the other vampire hunters that they are not in a moral high ground to preach to him about mourning those who died at the hands of vampires.

As Dracula returns to his hide out in his mortuary, he is unaware that Scotland Yard has been tracking his movements as he flies home in his bat form. The Yard then contacts Quincy Harker who travels to the location near where the bat was last sited. They ask the post master if he has seen someone matching Dracula's description, and the man goes into a hypnotic gaze when he is shown a composite drawing.

Realizing that Dracula is near, they track him to the nearby mortuary just as night is falling again. When Dracula rises, his telepathic link with the townspeople warns him that Harker and his friends are coming and prepares for their arrival. As the vampire hunters break into Dracula's hideout, the vampire lord summons all those in his thrall to come to his aid.

However, before these mindless slaves can reach the mortuary, Dracula's foes manage to outnumber him, and eventually Blade gets close enough to the vampire lord to steak him through the heart, effectively killing Dracula.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Dracula Is Dead!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #14.

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Synopsis for "Dracula Is Dead!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #14.

Continued from last issue....

Blade has managed to slay Dracula by impaling him in the heart with one of his wooden daggers. However, before the vampire hunters can get rid of Dracula's body, the villages in Dracula's thrall break into the mortuary and overpower the heroes, taking away Dracula's corpse. They carry the body out, leaving Quincy and the others fearing that they may bring Dracula back to life.

Meanwhile, along the Irish Coastline, Mr. Lo arrives at a mansion with the dead body of the vampire Lucas Brand. Conducting an experiment for his master, Doctor Sun, Lo begins performing experiments upon the vampires inert body. Their initial tests confirm that Brand truly is a vampire.

Back with the heroes, as they collect themselves and begin going after Dracula's body, they find that Taj Nitall (tossed out of a window during their battle with Dracula) is alive and well and he rejoins their band. While not far away, Dracula's corpse, now placed within a casket by his mindless slaves, begins to crumble to bare bones. After this happens, the people snap out of his control and fearfully drop the coffin and flee the scene.

While not far away at the revival tent of the Chruch of the Forever Resurrected, Father Josiah Dawn begins to question his faith due to the diminishing attendance of his revival mission. Tossing his Bible away in anger, Josiah quickly repents and asks his Lord to show him a sign. Be it destiny, or design, Josiah spots Dracula's abandoned coffin nearby and finds Dracula's body within. Finding it as a sign of God, Josiah begins to advertises that during his next revival he will bring a man back from the dead.

The press does indeed fill the revival tent to capacity some time later. When news reaches Quincy Harker and the others, they are horrified to find that the man that Josiah intends to revive is none other than their old foe Dracula himself.

At the revival itself, Dawn manages to bring the crowd into a frenzy and works them up to demand he begin the "resurrection" that all believe is the power of God. Having learned of the rival as well, Blade has arrived to attempt to stop it, however he cannot break through the crowd fast enough to stop Josiah from pulling the wooden dagger from the skeletons chest. Blade tries to warn Josiah, who dismisses him as a base blasphemer as Dracula reincorporates into the flesh. When Dracula is completely revived, he boasts Josiah's foolishness and that Blade's warnings were well warrented.

When the people of the church realize what Dracula truly is, everyone in attendance draw crucifix's upon him and begin to rush him. With Blade and the other vampire hunters trying to fight through the crowd, Dracula manages to take advantage of the chaos to turn into his mist form and escape the religious symbols that are causing him pain. In a fury, Dracula summons down a lightening storm, frightening all the revival attendees. Still believing the power of God can help him stop Dracula, Josiah Dawn approaches Dracula with a large crucifix.

Although in pain, Dracula mocks Josiah and his faith, causing the reverend to falter just enough for Dracula to call down a bolt of lightening that strikes and destroys the crucifix. With Josiah dying from the lightning strike, Dracula mocks the priests attempts to try and kill him, and finding his own death in return. Boasting further that he couldn't possibly kill someone who is undead, while he is now dying, never to return. In his dying breath, Josiah still remains true to his faith, telling the vampire lord that his immortal soul will live on long after Dracula is destroyed.

Angered, Dracula snarls that he will win over all, and transforms into his bat form and flies away, leaving the corpse of Reverend Dawn behind.

Appearing in "Fear Is The Name Of The Game!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #15.

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  • Kitty (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "Fear Is The Name Of The Game!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #15.

Following his recent brush with death, Dracula hides out in London and thinks about his escape from the vampire hunters after he killed Reverend Josiah Dawn. Fleeing into the night in his bat form, Dracula would get shot out of the sky by a nearby hunter named Vinnie. Vinnie finds his find strange, but decides to take it as a trophy anyway. Reviving, Dracula is furious that he is been shot and attacks his foe. Vinnie escapes and flees into the woods, however Dracula sends an army of rats, wolves and bats to finish him off.

His reflections then take him back to his first victim as a vampire: Turac, the man who invaded his kingdom, left Dracula in the hands of a gypsy who turned him into the vampire he is today, and murdered his beloved Maria. Dracula reflects with satisfaction over turning Turac into a vampire himself.

His thoughts of his wife makes him reflect on his love of her and his opinions toward how man and woman treat themselves. He recalls how one night not too long ago, he happened upon young Richard and Kitty, a couple that have been fighting. Driving down the road after another argument, Kitty tells Richard that she is having her lawyer write up divorce papers. Not willing to accept divorce as an option, Richard pulls out a gun and shoots her in cold blood on the side of the road, revealing that he never loved her and was only interested in her money. Her dying body found by Dracula, and he asks her if she wishes to get revenge. The girl confirms this and Dracula then feeds on her turning her into a vampire. She would return to the home that she shared with Richard to find him there with another woman, and as expected would feed upon him.

While reflecting on deceptions, Dracula recalls a time when he was deceived by an old man named Orphelus. He recalls how not long ago Orphelus called for Dracula to his home and told the vampire lord about how centuries ago he had found an ancient pool of blood that would restore one to their youth. Orphelus, now a withered old man asks Dracula to take him back to that pool to restore his youth one more time, and in exchange for allowing him to feed out of the pool, making it so that Dracula would not have to feast upon humans again.

Finding the idea intriguing, Dracula would take Orphelus to the pool, however Orpheus reveals his deception: That he did not come to the pool to regain his youth, as the pool in reality only granted immortality, and after 17 centuries of life he wished to end it all. Using a medallion of mystical properties, Orphelus kills himself in destroying the pool, leaving Dracula with nothing for his troubles.

Finished writing down his reflections, Dracula leaves his hiding place to take in the night and reflects back on the events that led to his skeletal remains being found by Frank Drake and Clifton Graves.

It was during the evening in which the first man landed on the Moon, Dracula had prepared a number of coffins to be shipped from Transylvania to London, as he intended to move back there for some time. Returning to his castle for some last minute provisions however, Dracula came upon the Scotsman, the man who would succeed in impaling Dracula with the faithful stake that Clifton Graves would pull from his chest in modern times.

During their struggle, the Scotsman would impale Dracula through the heart, however before Dracula could crumble into mere bones, he would succeed in tossing the Scotsman down into a pit, the fall killing his attacker. Dracula would then stumble into his coffin where his flesh would dissolve off the bones.

With his evening reflections done for the night, Dracula muses that no matter who attempts to kill him he always returns, and that no force can stop him from ever rising from his tomb.

Appearing in "He Swore That He Wouldn't Die -- Return from the Grave!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #16.

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Synopsis for "He Swore That He Wouldn't Die -- Return from the Grave!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #16.
Tomb of Dracula Vol 1 16 001
A clothed skeleton has broken into the home of James Jackson. When his secretary Helen Cantler catches the creature breaking into James' safe, it kills her rousing the attention of James who meets the same fate. Taking from the safe what it had come for, the grim form leaves the mansion. Not long later, the Scotland Yard, led by Inspector Chelm, investigate the scene of this grisly murder.

While within Highgate Cemetery, Dracula rises once more for the evening to look for fresh victims to feed upon. Happening upon two grave robbers, Dracula is about to attack them when the coffin they are opening gives them a rude surprise: The skeletal remains within pops out and kills them before dissolving into ash before Dracula can get revenge on the undead creature for killing his intended meal. Knowing that the dead bodies would bring the Yard, Dracula uses his mental control over the custodian of the cemetery to come and bury the bodies before going out and searching for a new victim. He finds it in young Marie Komph who is out walking alone late at night.

While back at Scotland Yard, Inspector Chelm, suspecting that the murders he's investigating are the work of Dracula calls Quincy Harker for advice. Harker advises Chelm that the double murder doesn't fit Dracula's modus operandi but offers to aid if Chelm needs any additional help. After Chelm gets off the phone, he gets a report of trouble on Coventry Street.

There, the undead creature is attempting to attack a woman wearing a necklace, finding opposition from the pub crawlers that are about the place. Killing all those who get in it's way, the dead creature is stopped from reaching his goal when Dracula spots it and attacks the creature for it's previous interference in the vampire kings nightly feeding. The creature manages to toss Dracula aside and retrieve the necklace before disappearing in the night. Dracula revives just as the Scotland Yard are arriving and is forced to flee the scene in his bat form when the Yard begins shooting at him.

Meanwhile, in Ireland, Mr. Chen reports to Dr. Sun and shows him a newly revived Lucas Brand, proving to Sun the existence of vampires. With Brand under their full control, Dr. Sun offers to gives Mr. Lo anything he desires. Lo asks that Dr. Sun arrange that Lo's father, a prisoner of the Chinese government for years, is freed from captivity. Dr. Sun grants the request, sending his own forces to break Lo's father out of his prison.

While back in London, Dracula returns to Highgate Cemetery, rationalizing that the corpse could only have returned there. He unearths the grave that that the coffin was in, and the creature is once more within the coffin. It attacks him briefly before once more crumbling into dust. Dracula takes note that the tomb stone is in the name of a man named Paul Beare, a man that Dracula knows as a mystic and Satanist who once asked Dracula to help him on a quest, one which Dracula declined to partake in.

Meanwhile, Inspector Chelm has been investigating the series of murders, and realized that there is a connection between the three murdered people, Paul Beare and a man named Duncan Corley, whom Chelm deduces is their mysterious skeleton. As Chelm heads out with his men, Dracula arrives at the home of Paul Beare, and finds his decaying corpse within the home with a note reading "Do not bury him again" pinned to the shirt. Knowing that burying Paul's body would bring the creature out once more, Dracula removes it from the property and takes it back to Highgate Cemetery.

There, Inspector Chelm happens upon the creature, and tries to run it down but it gets back up again. Chelm attempts to kill it with silver bullets he had prepared to fight Dracula with, but the creature would knock the gun out of his hand. Dracula would then arrive with the body of Paul Baere, and resume his fight with the undead being. Dracula manages to beat the creature into submission and prepares to bury the remains of Paul Baere.

Chelm stops him, and explains the situation: That the superstitious Paul Baere wanted to be buried in a place of astrological alignment, however his chosen gravesite was occupied by the grave of Duncan Corley. Paul then had his attorney James Jackson arranged to have the graves switched. This is what caused whatever forces to reanimate the corpse of Duncan. The reanimated corpse of Corley sought out Jackson's paperwork which contained ownership of the plot, and the necklace because part of it was made out of Corley's old tomb stone, and he killed all those who were involved. This the story completed, Chelm manages to convince Dracula of it's authenticity and the vampire lord flees with the corpse of Corley, to return it to it's proper resting place.

Appearing in "Death Rides the Rails!"

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Tomb of Dracula #17.

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Synopsis for "Death Rides the Rails!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #17.

Having spent time in Paris, France, Dracula returns to the secret location of one of his coffins, lined with Transylvanian earth, so that he can rest for the night. However, he arrives to find that this secret location, like many of his other coffins, has been destroyed. Needing to find a coffin lined with dirt from his homeland in order to rest for the night, Dracula becomes furious. He is then attacked by Blade the vampire hunter, who is the one responsible for these coffins' destruction. Blade attempts to once more slay Dracula. Dracula manages to overpower Blade, and feed upon the vampire hunter, before leaving him for dead.

Dracula would flee into the night to the location of a fifth coffin, unknown to the vampire hunters, hidden in the farm house of Henri Verne, one of Dracula's enslaved humans, and his wife, Gerta.

The following night, Dracula begins his travels back to Transylvania, deciding this time to return home by boarding a train in Germany. After resting aboard the train, Dracula would then order the conductor to not let anyone into his quarters, and would then leave to find a fresh victim to feed upon. Also aboard the train are Frank Drake and Rachel van Helsing, who have deduced that Dracula is aboard the train and are waiting for him to strike, so that they might destroy him. The train further houses a man name Gruber and his bodyguard Granet. Gruber has something very important inside a briefcase and is afraid that their enemy is aboard the train and may claim it. However, despite this worry, Gruber sends Granet out to get him a drink. Dracula is walking through the train looking for a drink as well, he passes by the young Jack Russell, who is going to Transylvania for his own reasons, both unaware that fate will have their paths cross in the near future.

Meanwhile, back in Ireland, Lucas Brand is set upon some of Dr. Sun's best warriors, whom Brand is easily able to defeat. Convinced that Brand is of value to him, Dr. Sun welcomes him as part of their organization.

Back aboard the Transylvania-bound train, Dracula finds a young mother traveling with her son. Seducing the mother, Dracula leads her back to his quarters alone and feeds upon her. Her screams grab the attention of Drake, van Helsing as well as Gruber and Granet. Dracula manages to flee the area in his mist form before Frank and Rachel arrive and find that the woman is not dead, nor had Dracula fed on her enough to cause her to change into a vampire.

Dracula returns to his room where he curses his mistake, but he is soon interrupted by the arrival of Gruber and Granet who followed Dracula back to his room. Tricking the vampire lord into opening the door by posing as the porter, Granet attempts to kill Dracula by shooting him with a gun. Dracula laughs off this pathetic attack and easily knocks Granet aside. Thinking that Granet and Gruber are in league with Quincy Harker, Dracula kills Granet by throwing him from the train, before he can explain who he really works for, while Gerber flees the scene.

Dracula follows him, but is delayed when he runs into and has to fight past Frank Drake and Rachel van Helsing. He easily manages to get past the two vampire hunters in the tight quarters of the train. He tells them that he will meet them again at Castle Dracula, where he will see to their doom. Finding Gruber, Gruber warns Dracula to stay away, as he is charged with protecting his master's important documents. Not understanding what Gruber is babbling about, he scoffs at the importance a mere mortal's paperwork would have to a vampire. Upon hearing that Dracula is a vampire, Gruber fearfully smashes out a window to his own death. Before Dracula can make sense of what has happened, Rachel appears with a crossbow and attempts once more to stake Dracula. Dracula flees the scene before she can hit her target. Flying off into the Romanian sky, Dracula escapes.

Back down the line, the body of Gerber is found by an agent of Dr. Sun, who retrieves the case that Gerber protected so dearly. Reporting back to his master, this agent of Dr. Sun informs the mysterious man that he has succeeded in his mission.

Appearing in "Enter: Werewolf by Night"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #18.

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Synopsis for "Enter: Werewolf by Night"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #18.

Jack Russell and his lover Topaz are on their way to Transylvania in the hopes that there they can find a cure for Jack's werewolf curse. They are completely unaware that fate has intended that they cross paths with Dracula, lord of the vampires, who has returned to Transylvania that very night after an extended stay in London. Dracula has just returned to his castle where he looks upon old paintings of himself and his long dead wife Maria and reflects over the events that found him transformed into a vampire.

Meanwhile, in catacombs beneath Paris, Quincy Harker comes across the body of Blade the vampire hunter. Seeing that Blade has been bitten by Dracula, and assuming his ally to be dead, Quincy Harker gets a stake out and prepares to ram it through Blade's heart.

While back in Transylvania, Jack and Topaz stop at the Olde Boot Inn to get rooms for the night. There Topaz is approached by a drunk man named Scratcher, who makes a sloppy pass at the girl. Scratcher gets a punch in the mouth from Jack for his trouble, and although he doesn't cause anymore trouble, he vows to get revenge against Jack for that hit. In their rooms, Jack warns Topaz to lock up tight because there will be a full moon and Jack will transform into the Werewolf. Topaz tries to reassure Jack that she can control him like she did last time. Scratcher, meanwhile decides to go up into the room and try and stab Jack. Entering Topaz's room he is horrified to find that Jack has transformed into the Werewolf.

The Werewolf attacks Scratcher, knocking him down into the bar below, and beats the man out of the bar. With Scratcher dead, Topaz arrives and convinces the Werewolf that they must leave before someone finds out that they killed the sailor. They are then confronted by Dracula, who has witnessed the fight. When Dracula attempts to feed on Topaz, he finds that looking into her eyes causes him great pain. Trying to get her to stop looking at him prompts the Werewolf to attack Dracula. The vampire king easily tosses the beast aside, but finds that Topaz's gaze is too strong and flees the scene to find a fresh victim elsewhere.

The next day, Jack (back in human form) and Topaz travel to Russoff manor where they go looking for clues on how to cure himself of the werewolf curse. He reflects back on how his father was similarly cursed and killed by a mob firing silver bullets. They find a locked diary, and when they move it's page marker, they set off a mechanism that opens a secret passage way behind a bookshelf. Following the passage they find it leads to a cavern tunnel that opens up in front of Castle Dracula. Noting a telescope, Jack realizes that his father had an observational interest in the home of Dracula, and is determined to investigate it.

That night when Dracula rises, he finishes his preparation of coffins to be shipped out to new hideouts in London. Furious at having to constantly hide from humanity, Dracula vows to no longer do so an openly wage war against humanity. Spotting Jack Russell and Topaz coming toward his castle, Dracula sweeps down to attack. Just then the full moon rises causing Jack to transform into the Werewolf once again. This however, does not stop Dracula from taking Topaz and flying her into his castle. Inside, Dracula demands to know how Topaz's powers work, however the girl can provide him with no answers as she knows not how they work either.

Just then the enraged Werewolf bursts in and attacks Dracula, as the two battle Topaz attempts to stop the fight when Dracula gains the upper hand. Dracula swats the girl away and then prepares to feast upon the Werewolf.

This story is continued in Werewolf by Night #15....

Appearing in "Snowbound in Hell!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #19.

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Synopsis for "Snowbound in Hell!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #19.

Story continued from Werewolf by Night #15...

Rachel van Helsing finds herself travelling through the winter ravaged Transylvanian Alps with an unlikely travelling companion: Her mortal enemy, Dracula, king of the vampires. In this baron and near lifeless domain, the two have become temporary companions relying on each other both to survive: Rachel so that she can return to relative safety off the mountains, and Dracula so he is not stuck in a winter wasteland without sufficient blood to stay alive.

After Rachel almost falls off the side of a cliff and is saved by Dracula, the two find shelter in a cave. Where Dracula starts a fire and the two talk about their mutual hatred of one another. As Rachel rests, Dracula goes out into the snow once more when he spots a mountain goat. He then feeds upon it, while he finds it's blood revitalizing, he finds the act of drinking non-human blood repulsive. Dracula then reflects back on how they ended up in this predicament: It was following his battle with the Werewolf when Rachel van Helsing stole the Second Book of Sins and made an escape in a helicopter. Following after, Dracula managed to board the copter. His weight throwing the helicopter off course until he managed to throw the helicopter pilot to his death, the two would find themselves miles off course in the Alps. The helicopter would crash. Dracula would find that Rachel had survived, and now finding his need to have the book has passed, and that his continued survival reliant upon Rachel's own survival he would administer first aid and the two would begin their search for rescue.

Finishing his recollection, Dracula brings the dead goat to Rachel so that she can cook it's meat for her own meal. Rachel and Dracula establish that while both need rest at different times, they are in a Mexican Stand-Off situation and that neither can kill the other without dooming themselves. Meanwhile, in Dr. Sun's Pagoda in Ireland, Mr. Lo continues to hone the skills of vampire Lucas Brand, to test the full limit of his abilities for his master Dr. Sun. While back in the mountains, Dracula and Rachel continue to struggle through the Alps. Having to climb a mountain by rope, Rachel has an another near-death experience when she almost falls down the side of the mountain, once more relying on Dracula to save her. This once more leads to an argument over who will destroy whom. Still in a stalemate position, the two once more seek refuge from the snow in another cave to rest.

While in Paris, Quincy Harker is standing over the vampire bitten Blade and is ready to drive a stake through his heart. Before Quincy can strike, Blade suddenly revives and to Quincy's surprise -- Blade has not changed into a vampire. Blade explains that through some twist of fate he is immune to vampire bites due to the fact his mother was bit by a vampire while Blade was being born. Blade vows to use his immunity to his advantage and not let it stop him from destroying all vampires.

Back in the Alps, while Dracula rests, Rachel attempts to slay him with a stake through the heart, however Dracula was waiting for such a move and knocks the girl away. Dracula then pulls her outside and demand that she keep going because he no longer cares about her discomfort in the cold. They are suddenly attacked by a mountain goat, with no choice Rachel realizes that she has to save Dracula or die alone in the cold and so she pulls out a gun and shoots the ram to death.

Just then, Frank Drake (who had commissioned another helicopter and has been searching for Rachel all this time) spots the two down below, and goes in for a rescue. Spotting Frank's helicopter, Rachel flees Dracula. Realizing that she intends to leave him behind, Dracula pounces on her and attempts to feed upon her body. However he is chased away when Frank begins firing upon him with wooden bullets. Frank then rescues Rachel and flies away, heading back to Transylvania, leaving Dracula in the Alps all alone.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Coming of Doctor Sun"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #20.

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Synopsis for "The Coming of Doctor Sun"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #20.

Continued from last issue...

Dracula is trapped in the Transylvanian Alps, low on strength from last of sufficient blood and with Frank Drake and Rachel van Helsing chasing after him in a helicopter. Inside the chopper, Rachel explains that the only meal that Dracula has been able to get recently was a mountain goat and that the vampire lord is possibly at his weakest in years.

Dracula manages to evade them temporarily, however they find him and begin trying to shoot him with wooden bullets. This attack infuriates Dracula, who finds dying in this manner insulting. He manages to flee the chopper, and begins a desperate hunt to try and find fresh blood to boost his strength. Detecting a human being, Dracula arrives too late and finds that the man who's sent he detected recently died due to exposure. Desperate, Dracula feeds on the body anyway, and finds it's blood repulsive to the taste. Venturing further into the cave, Dracula finds a cash of gold and jewels and becomes furious because these things are worthless to him.

While back aboard the helicopter, Frank asks why Rachel is so devoted to destroying Dracula. He explains how her grandfather the late Abraham van Helsing was mortal foes with Dracula. One day when Rachel was still a young girl, Dracula returned to get revenge against the van Helsing family for all his plans they have foiled. He would kill Abraham, as well as Rachel's parents. However, before Rachel herself could become Dracula's next victim, she is rescued at the last minute by Quincy Harker, who's modified wheelchair sends Dracula fleeing the scene. It was then that Quincy took Rachel into his care and trained her to be a vampire hunter like himself. With he story finished, and no sign of Dracula anywhere, they leave the area.

When Dracula notices their departure, he comes out of hiding and tries to fly away in bat form but finds he is too weak to fly in the snowstorm. He is buffeted around until he is finally knocked out of the sky. His last sign before blacking out is a man standing over him.

While back in Ireland, now fully completed his training Lucas Brand is finally allowed to meet Dr. Sun. Brand is taken to Sun's laboratory and is shocked to find that Dr. Sun is merely a brain encased inside a glass container. Elsewhere, Dracula revives to find himself in a strange location bound to a pillar with cloves of garlic. He is met by a man named Professor Morgo, an aid of Dr. Sun. He explains that they have been attempting to learn and capture Dracula for the past four years. Morgo reveals the person who has helped Sun track Dracula down: Clifton Graves.

Graves reveals himself, and strikes at Dracula and mocks the defeated vampire king. He explains that after being left to die on an exploding cruise ship he was rescued by the forces of Dr. Sun who were trying to track Dracula. They would recover Grave's body and give him immediate medical attention, saving his life even though he would be horribly scarred for the rest of his life. When Graves mocks Dracula further by spilling blood in front of the hungered vampire, Dracula strikes Clifton with his foot. Morgo stops the fight by impaling Dracula through the chest temporarily.

While outside, Frank and Rachel discover a man-made structure on the mountains and decide to search it to see if Dracula is inside. Inside this self same building, Dracula breaks free and fights off both Graves and Morgo. While Graves is down, Dracula feeds on Morgo getting his much needed blood. Resuming his attack on Graves, the battle is interrupted by the arrival of Dr. Sun's guards and Frank and Rachel. Rachel attempts to stake Dracula with an arrow, however Dracula sings Clifton around and uses his body as a shield.

With Clifton and Sun's guards are dead, Frank and Rachel prepare to resume their attack on Dracula when suddenly Dr. Sun arrives with Lucas Brand and they use a device to paralyse them. Dr. Sun then explains to Dracula that he intends to challenge the immortal for the throne as king of vampires.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Deathknell"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #21.

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  • Chinese soldiers (Only in flashback)
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Synopsis for "Deathknell"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #21.

Continued from last issue...

Frank Drake, Rachel van Helsing and Dracula have been captured by Dr. Sun and Lucas Brand. Sun has been attempting to capture Dracula for some time to try and take his mantel of lord of the vampires. Sun has Brand explain his origins to the others: That in 1966 he was a prisoner of the Chinese government during the Cultural Revolution and forced into an experiment where his brain was removed from his body and placed into a anti-matter container and wired into a computer in the hopes that his powerful mind would be used as a weapon for the Chinese government. However, they got more than they bargained for as Dr. Sun would exert his massive mental powers to kill the men who did this to him. He would soon learn that his brain required fresh blood to survive, much like a vampire, and devoted himself to learning about vampires since he learned of their existence and created his own army to carry out his wishes.

With the story done, Sun orders Lucas Brand to bring him the blood of Rachel van Helsing, however as Brand seeks to carry out this task, Sun unleashes Dracula as a final test of Brand's abilities. Dracula and Brand lock in a fight to the finish, during the fight Brand picks up a wooden stake and rams it into Dracula's heart.

While back in London, England, at the home of Quincy Harker, Quincy tries to convince Blade to stay and continue their quest to destroy Dracula. Blade declines the offer, feeling that he should get back on the case of the vampire responsible for killing his mother, and departs.

Back at the headquarters of Dr. Sun, Dracula has had the stake removed from his chest and he has been wired up into a machine. Dr. Sun explains further of his need to constantly have fresh blood pumped into his body and seeks to have dominion over all vampires so that he can have an army of minions that could collect bodies for his own blood needs. As part of his plot, he had one of his men seek out the body of Lucas Brand to learn all he could about vampires in the hopes of learning a way to best Dracula and seize control of all the worlds vampires.

Having Brand hook himself into the devices as well, Dr. Sun intends to transfer all of Dracula's memories into not only Dr. Sun's data banks, but also into the mind of Lucas Brand in the hopes that Brand would become his medium to control the vampires of the world.

With the majority of the information transferred over to Brand, Lucas decides to break free early and destroy Dracula. Dracula is freed and the two fight, with Brand having the upper hand due to Dracula's weakened state. Dracula breaks free and feeds upon one of Dr. Sun's scientists regaining some strength and continues his fight with Brand.

Deciding that utilizing Brand is a failure, Dr. Sun decides to terminate his project and frees Frank and Rachel and gives them their weapons. As the battle between Dracula and Lucas continues, Brand knocks Dracula into some equipment causing an explosion which starts a massive fire. When Rachel and Frank attempt to kill both vampires, Brand grabs and destroys their weapons.

Brand then turns on Dr. Sun and attempts to kill him but is struck down by a mental bolt. As the fire rages on, Dr. Sun teleports away while Frank and Rachel escape in their helicopter, believing that Dracula is dead. Dracula, however is far from dead, and makes his own escape by changing into bat form and flying away seconds before the mountain explodes.

Appearing in "In Death Do We Join!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #22.

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Synopsis for "In Death Do We Join!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #22.

In the village of Kamenka, Moldavia in the USSR one night Ulsa and Peter Vornik are sent running into the homes when they hear the screams of their daughter Petra, who is being attacked by her ex-husband Gorna, who is a vampire. Peter manages to drive Gorna away, who vows that he will eventually come back to claim his wife as a vampire.

While no far away, Dracula has exited the Alps and arrive nearby. Feeling his hunger, Dracula finds a young couple having a romantic moment in a bar. Dracula kills the boy and then feeds on the young girl.

Back at the Vornik home, Petra awakens to a scream and her family reassures her that she is safe. Petra recounts how her husband Gorna was an abusive man who would be treat her poorly. Extremely jealous of anyone who showed her attention, Gorna even once killed a man for talking to her in the street. One day, Gora fell sick and on his death bed he vowed that he would kill any man that she would see. After the funeral, a man who was a prior suitor for Petra was killed the night after he visited her at the funeral for Gorna. It was then that she realized that Gorna had become a vampire.

Dracula, meanwhile, has arrived at the local cemetery, where he comes across Gorna. Gorna is insolent and orders Dracula away and that he has no loyalty to the king of the vampires. Dracula attempts to attack Gorna, who inturn summons down a bolt of lightning to strike Dracula before fleeing. Dracula vows to get revenge against Gorna for his disobedience and follows after him.

Gorna has come back to the Vornik home and once more attempts to feed upon Petra. His feeding is interrupted when Peter enters the room and stabs him with a flaming stake. The inflamed Gorna then flees from the scene. Dracula arrive shortly after, swatting Peter aside and using his hypnotic powers to get the full story out of Petra. Still unsure how it is that Gorna manages to resist his commands, Dracula goes after to destroy his disobedient vampire foe. As Dracula searches for his enemy, the people of the village begin to decide if they should take an active role in dealing with Gorna and end being the pawn of a the undead.

While back in London, Frank Drake and Rachel van Helsing return to Quincy Harker's estate to tell him that they believe Dracula is dead (believing that he was destroyed during their battle against Dr. Sun.) Quincy tells them that he was attacked by a woman claiming to be Dracula's daughter, they also remark on how Taj had left, leaving a note behind explaining that he has left to go back to his home in India.

Finally, back in Kamenka, Dracula has tracked down Gorna, who has been horribly scarred from the nights earlier burning. As the two fight, the towns people gather and begin a huge fire around the cemetery. Dracula easily over powers Gorna and tosses him in the flames where he is incinerated, and Dracula departs.

Appearing in "Shadows In The Night!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #23.

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Synopsis for "Shadows In The Night!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #23.

Story continued from Giant-Size Chillers #1...

Dracula and Shiela Whittier are standing over the body of Lord Henry, the British politician under Dracula's control whom they believed to be the one who has been tormenting Shiela. However, after recounting his night to Shiela, Dracula realizes that this assessment was wrong as Shiela suddenly has a cut across her face. Dracula takes Shiela to bed to rest, and finds that she will be a more suitable than the late Clifton Graves. Reflecting on his encounter with Lilith, Dracula is interrupted by a knock at the door, answering it he finds nobody there but is being pulled out by some unknown force.

Meanwhile in Jajpur, India, Taj Nitall arrives in his home town where he is taken to the home of his wife for a long over due reunion.

Back in London, Dracula fights off this phantom force that attempts to destroy him. The ghosts in the mansion wake Shiela up and cause her to scream out. Dracula comes to her side and she explains that she is haunted by the ghost of Alestar Dunwick. After another disturbance from spectral forces, Shiela explains that when when he Uncle Dunwick and Aunt Henrietta had died, she was willed the house. Shiela would move in with her boyfriend Freddy, but would feel uneasy about the house. Her fears would be proved valid when Freddy meets his death when unknown forces push him down the stairs.

With Shiela's story done, Dracula tells her that he must attend to some business and goes out to find a fresh meal. He finds it in a woman named Caroline Bascombe, who is driving through the night. Allowing her car to strike him, Dracula feeds upon her when she checks to see if he's been injured.

While Dracula is away, Shiela looks around her mansion when she is visited by the spirit of Alestar Dunwick. Alestar explains that he is not her uncle, but in reality her father, who was murdered for the inheritance. He explains that he sold his soul years ago, and remarried after Shiela was born. He spent the years keeping track of her in hopes of sacrificing her soul to his master. Shiela refuses to believe anything, however the ghost of Dunwick takes her to the basement where he finds that she finds bodies of those she has sacrificed before her in an attempt to reanimate

When she refuses to allow herself being sacrificed willingly, the spirit of Dunwick attempts to levitate objects and smash her, however Dracula shows up. Dracula fights off the animated objects and then grabs Dunwick's corpse and throws it against a wall. Upon the bodies destruction the spirit of Dunwick is banished back to Hell.

Appearing in "A Night for the Living... A Morning for the Dead!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #24.

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Synopsis for "A Night for the Living... A Morning for the Dead!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #24.

Standing on a bridge over the Thames River, Frank Drake reflects with Rachel van Helsing about how three years ago he attempted to commit suicide on the very same bridge they stood on. Frank wonders if he really should have been grateful that both Rachel and Taj were there to save him. Frank, still believing that Dracula is dead wonders what to do with his life.

Unknown to Drake and van Helsing, Dracula is alive and well searching the streets of London for another fresh victim, while his new familiar Shiela Whittier, completely unaware of Dracula's true nature waits for him in her manor estate. Elsewhere in London, Blade the vampire hunter returns to the apartment that he shares with Saffron to find that a vampire has broken in and is attempting to feed upon Saffron. Blade easily destroys her attacker.

Shortly thereafter, they are visited by Trudy, a woman who works as a showgirl with Saffron. Saffron needs to talk to Blade about a strange encounter she had earlier that night: That she performed before an audience, and among the crowd was the vampire lord Dracula. Dracula would seduce her and eventually attempt to feed upon her however she managed to get away by placing a crucifix on his forehead causing him to jump back in blistering pain. She then fled the scene only to be stalked by Dracula in his bat form, when she tried to go to the police for help, they would refuse her aid, and the only other person she could think to seek for help was Saffron's boyfriend, Blade.

With the story over, Blade agrees to help and agrees to go out looking for Dracula. Putting on his vampire hunting gear, Blade goes out into the night streets and is soon attacked by Dracula in his bat form. Dracula knocks him down into the street with a car speeding toward him. While in India, Taj Nitall visits his wheelchair bound wife, who is pleased that he has come. The silent vampire hunter strikes his wife across the face and walks out on her.

Back in London, Blade battles Dracula across the city, their fight takes them to a sporting goods store. Dracula is forced to retreat when Blade manages to partially impale the vampire lord in the chest with a broken ski pole, and then later with one of his wooden daggers. With the battle over, Scotland Yard lets Blade walk away from the scene, and he returns home to Saffron and Trudy and tells them he'll explain everything in the morning.

Meanwhile, back at Castle Dunwick, Dracula returns home to wish Shiela Whittier a good night before going to his coffin for a good nights sleep. While outside of the Harker estate, Frank Drake decides that he has to leave to figure out who he is and departs but not before giving Rachel van Helsing a farewell kiss.

Appearing in "Night of the Blood Stalker!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #25.

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Synopsis for "Night of the Blood Stalker!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tomb of Dracula #25.
Tomb of Dracula Vol 1 25 001
A woman named Adrianne Brown Walters enters the London office of private investigator Hannibal King. She wants King to investigate the murder of her newlywed husband, Fred Walters, whom she believes was killed by an otherworldly beast. Adrianne describes the case in detail, including the fact that she witnessed a man bite her husband across the throat before disappearing out of sight.

King automatically knows that Adrianne is describing the actions of a vampire. He goes down to the "Lucky Inn" and begins asking questions. The bartender invites Hannibal into the back parlor where he subsequently attacks him. King easily beats the man down, and discovers two small bite marks on the man's neck. The bartender is obviously in service to a vampire.

King begins investigating Fred Walters' employers, Wyandanch Limited. Walters worked as an accountant for their international shipping interests. He sneaks into the dockside shipping office where he encounters Dracula conspiring with one of his underlings. Dracula turns to attack him, and King fires a gunshot into the vampire lord. The bullet passes through him and strikes Dracula's servant, O'Brien. Dracula pushes Hannibal out of a two-story window.

King gets up and goes back inside, but Dracula is gone. He interrogates O'Brien and asks him about his latest shipping manifest - specifically, the destination of a wooden coffin. O'Brien tells him that one was shipped to a warehouse in Kensington.

Hannibal goes to the warehouse and finds Dracula as well as several of his followers. He fights off each of the vampires, sending most of them to their final reward. Dracula hears police sirens in the distance, and realizes that he doesn't have time to fool around with King any longer.

The following evening, Hannibal meets again with Adrianne Walters. He tells her everything that he learned, and explains that Dracula killed her husband to cover up the paper trail concerning the exportation of his various coffins. Adrianne leaves, without ever learning the true reason why Hannibal King knows so much about vampires. He is a vampire.

Appearing in "Death of a Monster!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Werewolf by Night #15.

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Synopsis for "Death of a Monster!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Werewolf by Night #15.

Story continued from Tomb of Dracula #18....

Travelling to Transylvania to try and find clues to cure his werewolf curse, Jack Russell and Topaz have found themselves in the home of Count Dracula, and the vampire lord had kidnapped Topaz only to face the Werewolf in it's full feral fury. Struggling within Castle Dracula, the Werewolf is easily over-powered by Dracula who then prepares to feast upon the beast, when Topaz's uncontrollability to cause Dracula pain hits him again, allows the Werewolf to fight Dracula off. Being knocked off a balcony to the outside of the castle Dracula escapes to find a fresh victim elsewhere.

With Dracula occupied with feeding on a young woman, Topaz manages to lead the Werewolf out of Dracula's castle not wishing to be there when the vampire king returns. As they leave, Frank Drake and Rachel van Helsing arrive near the castle in a helicopter, searching for Dracula in the hopes they can destroy him once and for all. They spot Dracula in his bat form returning to his castle and give him chase. Dracula spots them and flies into their helicopter, attacking Frank. This causes their helicopter to spin out of control. Frank and Rachel get the chopper back under control and just barely manage to avoid a crash, however Dracula has escape them in the confusion.

The next day at Russoff manor, when Jack has awaken back in his human form he and Topaz decide to give the diary of Gregory Russoff some closer inspection. Topaz uses her magics to release the locking mechanism in the diary and they begin reading it's pages. He learns of a story about his ancestor Gregor Russoff, who's first wife was slain by Dracula in the 1700's. Wanting revenge, Russoff would go to Dracula's castle during the day and drive a stake through the vampire lords heart. Lining the coffin with garlic and tossing it into a river, Russoff would then return to Dracula's home and wreck the place. In his rampage, he would find a woman named Lydia locked up in one of the rooms. She would explain to him that she was made prisoner of Dracula and taken from her parents. Freeing the girl and taking her out that night, the full moon found Lydia transformed into a werewolf, who bit Gregor infecting him with the curse of the werewolf. Finishing the diary passage the two come to realize that Dracula likely confined the girl, and subsequently had to physically fight Jack in werewolf form because the vampire lord had no power over the werewolves.

Meanwhile, in Dracula's castle, Rachel and Frank continue their search for Dracula. Frank vocalizes once more he determination to destroy Dracula once and for all. As they talk, Dracula sneaks into the room in his mist form and attacks Rachel, and then Frank before fleeing as he has learned that Jack and Topaz have found old Russoff's diary and that the vampire lord seeks to obtain it himself. However, before he goes to retrieve it, he plans on sabotaging their helicopter.

While back at the Russoff manor, Jack prepares to change into the Werewolf once more with the coming full moon. He tells Topaz to guide the feral Werewolf during the coming battle with Dracula and the two set out to find the vampire lord. The Werewolf finds Dracula at the helicopter just before Dracula has a chance to wreck it and the two begin to fight.

During the fight Dracula sees that Topaz has the book he seeks and he throws the Werewolf aside so that he might collect the book from the girl. Taking it from her, Dracula is about to escape when an arrow fired from Rachel van Helsing's crossbow knocks it out of Dracula's hand. When Rachel grabs the book, Dracula attempts to retrieve it but finds himself once more attacked by the Werewolf. When Dracula finally fights off the beast again, he is too late to stop Frank and Rachel from returning to their helicopter and flying off into the sky. Furious at himself for not wrecking the helicopter when he had the chance, Dracula turns into bat form and flies after them, leaving Topaz and the Werewolf behind.

Appearing in "Night of the She-Demon"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Chillers #1.

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Synopsis for "Night of the She-Demon"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Chillers #1.

Events of this issue happen between Tomb of Dracula #22 and 23...

Dracula has returned to London, England, and his first stop is the British Parliament where he pays a visit to Lord Henry, a politician under his thrall to discuss matters. He requests the Lord work into getting him diplomatic immunity so that he is no longer haunted by the police while operating in Britain. Dracula then begins discussing the acquisition of a castle just outside of London, one owned by Shiela Whittier.

Up north from London is a cemetery where a grave begins to stir for the first time in 30 years. Not too far away is the home of Martin O'Hara, who is once more doling out punishment on his daughter Angela, who is getting punished for allowing her boyfriend Ted Hannigan to get her pregnant out of wedlock. Ted tries to stop Martin from hitting her daughter anymore, and is knocked aside, he dies from a fatal blow to the head. As Angela cries over the death of her lover, the spirit of Lilith, the daughter of Dracula rises from a nearby grave and takes possession of her body. Changing Angela's body into her own form, Lilith then attacks and feeds upon Martin before flying off in bat form.

While at the home of Quincy Harker, Quincy receives a phone call from Frank Drake and Rachel van Helsing who report that Dracula has been killed in an explosion. Quincy reports this good news back to Taj, who silently retires to his room where he finds a letter from his homeland in India, it's contents prompting him to pack his things and leave to return to his mother country. A short while later, Lilith arrives at the home of Quincy Harker, taking on the form of an innocent woman, she knocks on the door and asks Quincy for help, with a fake story about her father dying. When Quincy has his back turned to her, Lilith resumes her vampire form and feeds upon him, then leaves.

Later that same night, Dracula arrives at Castle Dunwick, the home of Shiela Whittier. Entering the estate, Dracula rouses Shiela, a woman with mysterious scars all over her back. She comes to find out who is in her home and finds Dracula greeting her with a purposeful smile.

While elsewhere in London town, Lilith frequents the Red Bull Tavern, where she picks up a man and makes him her next victim. With the discovery of the bodies, Inspector Chelm pays a visit to the home of Quincy Harker to tell him of what has transpired to find Quincy alive but unconscious, he has his men call for an ambulance.

Back at the home of Shiela Whittier, Shiela completely submits to Dracula thinking that he is one of her former tormentors. Dracula assures her that he is not, and tries to inquire about her whippings however Shiela changes the subject. When Dracula tells her that he must go, she tries to convince her him to stay, but he does not. Upon exiting the manor, Dracula spots another vampire bat flying in the sky, recognizing it as his daughter Lilith.

Surprised that she is alive once more, Dracula follows after her across the countryside to London. He follows her to a football game, and confronts her. The two talk about their past together, about how he does not care for her as she was the daughter of a forced marriage to a woman named Zofia. Zofia, centuries ago was thrown out of Dracula's palace where she would take her daughter Lilith to Lianda, the gypsy woman who would eventually turn Dracula into a vampire. When Dracula would get revenge against her by feasting upon Lianda's own son, Lianda would cast a spell that would turn Lilith into a vampire that was bent on causing her father as much trouble as possible.

With the reflection over, Lilith asks Dracula to drop their grudge toward one another and asks him to form an alliance so that they can rule vampires together. Having other more pressing concerns, Dracula rejects this idea and leaves by changing into bat form. With Dracula's departure, Lilith vows to get revenge against Dracula.

As Quincy Harker recovers in the hospital, Dracula returns back to the home of Shiela Whittier just in time to save her from a fall down the stairs. He learns that someone is in the house and has been tormenting her. Rushing upstairs he finds his slave Lord Henry, who tells his master that he has been brought to do horrible things. Admitting to being the one who tormented and tortured Shiela, he pulls a gun out and kills himself, unable to find any other way to stop from doing it ever again.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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