“T” Is For …
… Tomb of Dracula! (1972)
There are some decent books in the “T” zone but there’s really only one choice for me. Tomb of Dracula remains one of the best examinations of a bad guy in comics.
The long and masterful run by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan, and Tom Palmer was unique for Marvel — a full-fledged comics series where the main character was the villain. What makes it work are the richly-developed cast of vampire hunters that dog Dracula’s heels, and the characterization of Dracula himself as a fallen noble made cruel and evil by the violent life he has led.
Unlike they sympathetic vampires of contemporary literature, Dracula is a genuinely bad guy — he kills random people and chews the scenery with flowery villainous soliloquies that might make Doctor Doom blush. When he’s not busy slaughtering the innocent, he’s busy living up to his title as Lord of the Vampires and fighting with the forces of heaven and hell for dominion over the earth and his own soul. Plus he has a murderous family and a child who is some kind of messiah. It gets pretty wild.
A landmark book … and while it is a little melodramatic, it is still well worth reading today.
- Tales of Suspense (1959)
- Tales to Astonish (1959)
- Tarzan (1977)
- Thor (1966)
- Tarzan (1972)
- Thriller (1983)
Read more about Tomb of Dracula at Longbox Graveyard:
- Tomb of Dracula Gallery
- Reopening The Tomb of Dracula
- Doctor Strange vs. Dracula!
- Tomb It May Concern
Tell me about your own favorite “T” books in the comments, below!
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