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Quote1 You've sealed your end, my friend -- for, whoever strikes Dracula -- strikes Death! Quote2
-- Dracula

Appearing in "Dracula"

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

Featured Characters:

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

Supporting Characters:

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

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Races and Species:

Locations:

Synopsis for "Dracula"

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.

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • 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.

Trivia

  • This issue includes pin-ups of the retouched artwork from the covers to Tomb of Dracula #1-2, by Gene Colan. The pin-ups are re-colored by Sarra Mossoff.

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