Tomb of Dracula is a horror comic book series published by Marvel Comics from April 1972 to August 1979. Horror fiction is broadly Fiction in any medium intended to scare unsettle or horrify the audience A comic book (often shortened to simply comic and sometimes called a comic paper or comic magazine) is a Magazine or Book of narrative Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc The 70-issue series featured a group of vampire hunters who fought Count Dracula and other supernatural menaces. Vampires are fictional characters found in the Marvel Universe. Dracula is a Fictional character, a Comic book Supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. The term supernatural or supranatural ( Latin: super, supra "above" + natura "nature" pertains to entities events On rare occasions, Dracula would work with these vampire hunters against a common threat or battle other supernatural threats on his own, but more often than not, he was the antagonist rather than protagonist. A vampire hunter or vampire slayer is someone who specializes in finding and destroying Vampires In Dark An antagonist (from Greek ανταγωνιστής - antagonistes, "opponent competitor rival" is a character or The Protagonist or main character is the central figure of a story. In addition to his supernatural battles in this series, Marvel's Dracula often served as a supervillain to other characters in the Marvel Universe, battling the likes of Blade, Spider-Man, Werewolf by Night, the X-Men, and even the licensed Robert E. Howard character Solomon Kane. A supervillain or supervillainess is a variant of the Villain character type commonly found in Comic books, Action movies and The Marvel Universe is the fictional Shared universe where most of the comic stories published by Marvel Comics take place Blade ( Eric Brooks) is a Fictional character, a Superhero Vampire hunter in the Marvel Comics universe. Spider-Man is a Fictional character appearing in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Werewolf by Night (birth name Jacob Russoff, legal name Jack Russell) is a Fictional character, an Anti-heroic Werewolf in the The X-Men is a team of fictional Superhero characters in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Robert Ervin Howard ( January 22 1906 &ndash June 11 1936) was an American pulp writer of Fantasy, Stories Most of the Solomon Kane stories were first published in Weird Tales.
In 1971, the Comics Code Authority relaxed some of its longstanding rules regarding horror comics, such as a virtual ban on vampires. The Comics Code Authority ( CCA) is part of the Comics Magazine Association of America (CMAA and was created to regulate the content of comic books in the United Marvel had already tested the waters with a "quasi-vampire" character, Morbius, but the company was now prepared to launch a regular vampire title as part of its new line of horror books. After some discussion, it was decided to use the Dracula character, in large part because it was the most famous vampire to the general public, and also because Bram Stoker's creation and secondary characters were by that time in the public domain. Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912 was an Irish writer of novels and short stories who is best known today for his 1897 horror
The entire run of Tomb of Dracula was penciled by Gene Colan, with Tom Palmer inking virtually all (although Gil Kane drew many of the covers for the first few years, as he did for many other Marvel titles). A penciller (or penciler) is one of a number of types of Artists working within the Comic book industry Eugene "Gene" Colan (born September 1, 1926) is an American comic book artist. The inker is one of the two line artists in a traditional Comic book, or Graphic novel. Eli Katz ( April 6, 1926, Riga, Latvia – January 31, 2000, Miami Florida, United States) who Colan based the visual appearance of Marvel's Dracula not on Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, or any other actor who had played the vampire on film, but rather on actor Jack Palance. Béla Lugosi (October 20 1882 &ndash August 16 1956 was an iconic Hungarian stage and film actor best known for his portrayal of Count Dracula in the American Christopher Frank Carandini Lee CBE, CStJ (born 27 May 1922 is a two-time Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated Saturn Award-winning English Actor Jack Palance (born Volodymyr Palahniuk; February 18, 1919 – November 10, 2006) was an Oscar -winning American Ironically, Palance would himself go on to play Dracula in a television production of Stoker's novel the year after ToD debuted.
At first, ToD was plagued by an inability to keep a steady writer, with the first half-dozen issues written by Gerry Conway, Archie Goodwin, and Gardner Fox. Gerard F "Gerry" Conway ( September 10, 1952 -) is an American Writer of Comic books and Television shows Archie Goodwin may refer to Archie Goodwin (fictional detective, created by Rex Stout Archie Goodwin (comics (1937-1998 comic book Gardner Francis Cooper Fox (Speed Saunders was initially credited to "E But the title gained stability and hit its stride when Marv Wolfman became permanent scripter on the seventh issue. Marvin A "Marv" Wolfman (born May 13, 1946) is an award-winning American Comic book Writer.
The color title was succeeded by a black-and-white magazine that lasted six issues. An earlier magazine, Dracula Lives!, ran for two years. The color comic was also supplemented by a "Giant-Size" companion quarterly that ran for five issues in the mid-1970s.
Tomb of Dracula ran for seventy issues, until 1979. As cancellation loomed, plans were made to wrap up the storyline and lingering threads by issue #72. However, when management decided at the 11th Hour to terminate the title with #70 instead, the final three issues' worth of story and art had to be compressed into one double-sized book, culminating with Dracula's apparent death and dispersal.
Several years later, Dracula resurfaced in an issue of The Uncanny X-Men. Uncanny X-Men, first published as simply The X-Men, is the flagship Marvel Comics Comic book series for the X-Men franchise However, in appearance, this lord of the undead did not much resemble the Dracula of the Tomb series, and there remains some discussion among fans over whether or not this was the same Dracula. Although Wolfman and Colan's version had been established as inhabiting the regular Marvel Universe (and battling such super-heroes as Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and the Silver Surfer), there are some who feel that the redesign of the character in the X-Men story was an attempt to establish that the ToD version lived in his own alternate universe, apart from the mainstream Marvel world and characters. The Marvel Universe is the fictional Shared universe where most of the comic stories published by Marvel Comics take place Spider-Man is a Fictional character appearing in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Doctor Strange is a Fictional character, a Comic book sorcerer and Superhero in the. } The Silver Surfer is a Marvel Comics Superhero created by Jack Kirby. Parallel universe or alternative reality is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with one's own
Although Dracula (and all other vampires in the Marvel Universe) were eventually destroyed by the mystical "Montesi Formula" in the pages of Doctor Strange, the vampire lord was revived. Doctor Strange is a Fictional character, a Comic book sorcerer and Superhero in the. Marvel published a four-issue Tomb of Dracula miniseries, reuniting Wolfman and Colan, under its Epic Comics imprint in 1991, and revived Dracula and his foes in the short-lived Nightstalkers and Blade series in the 1990s. Epic Comics was a creator-owned Imprint of Marvel Comics started in 1982 lasting through the mid-1990s and being briefly revived on a small scale in the mid-2000s The Nightstalkers is a fictional trio of preexisting characters in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Blade ( Eric Brooks) is a Fictional character, a Superhero Vampire hunter in the Marvel Comics universe. Most recently, Dracula took the title role in the miniseries Dracula: Lord of the Undead.
In 2004, Marvel published a four-volume, black-and-white Essential Tomb of Dracula collection, with the first three collecting the 70 issues of Tomb of Dracula plus selections from the black-and-white Tomb of Dracula magazine, and the fourth reprinting the comics stories from Dracula Lives and the remainder of the stories from the Tomb of Dracula magazine. Following the success of these reprints, Dracula returned in three new four-issue miniseries. Stoker's Dracula continued and concluded the adaptation of Dracula that had begun in Dracula Lives twenty years prior, and a new Tomb of Dracula miniseries followed, in which Blade joined a new team of vampire hunters to prevent Dracula achieving godhood. Apocalypse vs. Dracula featured Dracula battling the immortal foe of the X-Men in Victorian London.
Some unresolved plot threads from Tomb of Dracula were addressed in the final three issues of Nightstalkers. The Nightstalkers is a fictional trio of preexisting characters in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. These included the fates of Dracula's bride Domini, their son Janus, and vampire-hunter Taj Nital. Janus is a fictional Comic-book character in the Marvel Comics universe.
The comics have been collected as part of the Essential series of trade paperbacks. Essential Marvel is a line of American Comic book reprints It consists in a series of black-and-white paperbacks containing about 20-30 issues of mostly In Comics, a trade paperback ( TPB or simply trade) refers to a collection of stories originally published in comic books, reprinted in book format The volumes are:
Some of the nudity has been removed from the fourth volume  and Dan Buckley, the publisher, had this to say on the issue "That wasn't because we were going to bookstores, or because we were exclusively going to hobby shops. Panini Comics is an Italian Comic book publisher (a division of Panini Group which also makes collectible stickers — see Panini (stickers) that publishes Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc Panini Comics is an Italian Comic book publisher (a division of Panini Group which also makes collectible stickers — see Panini (stickers) that publishes Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc Panini Comics is an Italian Comic book publisher (a division of Panini Group which also makes collectible stickers — see Panini (stickers) that publishes Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc Panini Comics is an Italian Comic book publisher (a division of Panini Group which also makes collectible stickers — see Panini (stickers) that publishes Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc Dan Buckley is the Publisher of Marvel Comics and the Chief operating officer of Marvel Entertainment 's publishing division It probably had more with where we were at from a ratings standpoint and the editors felt that was the appropriate thing to do, considering how we communicate what's going on in our books from a packaging standpoint. . . . We generally avoid nudity, unless it's a Max title. MAX is an Imprint of Marvel Comics for adult audiences launched in 2001 after Marvel broke with the Comics Code Authority and established its own We don't want to take an Essential volume and start calling it Max; then you get into branding issues. "  Kurt Busiek has said "They wanted to sell it to the same audience who bought the first three volumes. Kurt Busiek (born September 16, 1960) is a Comic book Writer. "  but retailers' opinions on the matter are split. 
In 1980, an animated TV-movie was made based on Tomb of Dracula. Much of the main plot was condensed and many characters and subplots were truncated or omitted. It was animated in Japan and sparsely released on cable TV in North America by Harmony Gold under the title Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. Harmony Gold' is a television production and distribution company established in 1983
Deacon Frost and Hannibal King from Tomb of Dracula are in the Blade movies, albeit in heavily revised forms. Blade is a 1998 vampire Action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the published stories
In the movie Blade: Trinity, Hannibal King shows a comic of Tomb of Dracula to Blade. Blade Trinity, is a 2004 vampire Action film, written and directed by David S Also in the movie, Drake seems to be a young version of the Marvel Comics Dracula, though having a different origin and powers. Dracula is a Fictional character, a Comic book Supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. He was played by Dominic Purcell. Dominic Haakon Myrtvedt Purcell (born 17 February 1970 is a British-born Australian actor most active in the United States
Given Drake's age and origin, he, more than any other Vampire that followed, can harness a much greater and more dynamic range of abilities. He possesses unnatural strength, much greater than that of Blade, and also incredible speed. Like those he sired he is capable of leaping great distances and seems to be knowledgeable of sword fighting techniques, even rivaling Blade himself.
Drake's true power though is derived from his origin as the first of his species, the manipulation of energies which lead to his first resurrection left Drake with two forms; human, and a demonic alter ego.
In this form Drake is much stronger, resilient to all forms of damage and much taller than his human self. He also possesses very keen senses, allowing him to catch an arrow mid-fight.