Category Archives: Comics A-To-Z

“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.

Honorable Mentions:

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“S” Is For …

… The Saga of the Swamp Thing! (1982)

After wandering in the alphabet wilderness these past several days, we are back at last to some hard choices. The letter, “S” might as well be for “slaughterhouse” when you look at the good books that I have to step over to select Saga of the Swamp Thing.

Hard choices, here, but I am content. Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing added decades to my life as a comics reader and fan. If Moore hadn’t turned my head inside-out with “Anatomy Lesson” I might well have drifted away from comics for good. Instead, Moore showed how to reinvent a character in a way that reinvigorated not just one series, but an entire publisher. DC was absolutely the place to be in the mid-1980s, and I still wonder how things might have turned out if DC didn’t run Alan Moore out of town, and conclude from the success of The Dark Knight Returns that every damn book should be grim and gritty.

But I digress.

Swamp Thing is special enough that he makes this list twice, both in the form of Moore’s paradigm-shifting interpretation, and in the original Lein and Wrightson version listed in my long roll call of honorable mentions, below. Which “S” title is your favorite! Let me know!

Honorable Mentions:

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“R” Is For …

… Red Sonja! (1977)

Not a great book by any stretch, but Red Sonja is Conan-adjacent, and it isn’t much of a stretch to imagine how Frank Thorne’s interpretation might appeal to an adolescent boy.

(I also read the recent Dynamite Red Sonja strip but don’t much remember it, sadly).

Help me build a reading list for the letter, “R!” Give me your ideas in the comments section, below!

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“Q” Is For …

… The Question! (1987)

Not a lot of “Q’s” out there, folks!

I did actually read and collect the Question … I had a dozen of the books, so I must of liked it. But the book is a (wait for it) question mark for me. I don’t remember a thing about it, and the issues went out in one of my many purges.

What did I miss? Or is there some other “Q” I should pursue? Tell me in the comments, below!

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“P” Is For …

… Power Man & Iron Fist! (1978)

I was fostered into this book.

Power Man wasn’t a book I followed, but I was definitely an Iron Fist fan. When Iron Fist was spliced into Power Man as an experiment to improve the sales of both lagging books, I was spliced into Power Man, too. I’d be lying if I said my time with the book lasted much beyond the departure of Claremont and Byrne, but I did enjoy the team-up, and the friendship that developed between the heroes (and grew into one of the great partnerships in all of Marvel).

Returning to this book to more thoroughly enjoy the run is perpetually near the top of my “to read” pile. Should I do it? Should I pursue some other “P” book? Let me know!

Honorable Mentions:

  • Paper Girls (2015)
  • Power Girl (2009)

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