Sunday, July 5, 2009


Dracula Lives was a magazine-sized, black-and-white-interior
comic from the 1970's, part of Marvel's larger effort to dominate
the comic-magazine field and do away with pesky rivals like
Warren Publishing. The effort was a failure, but some interesting
issues did come out of it, especially those devoted to horror and
monster themes.

Dracula Lives was on the shelves at the same time as the
longer-running Tomb of Dracula comic. The continuities of the
two overlapped, with storylines often weaving between the two;
most of the time, however, the magazine tales were stand-alone
stories, more generic adventures of the Count. Because of the
magazine format, DL could afford to be a little racier - but,
unfortunately, it rarely was. Instead, what we got were Dracula
stories by various creative teams from the Marvel stable,
alongside a partial adaptation of the original Bram Stoker
novel and articles on the Count's doings in the movies.

This provided a fairly decent mixture of material, but the
main meat of the magazine - the comic stories - were only
slightly above average most of the time. It was interesting
to see the King of Vampires in various historical periods and
different situations; but what this also meant was that the
internal consistency and continuity of stories was uneven
and ultiamately unsatisfying.

Dracula Lives ran for thirteen regular issues and one annual,
which contained reprint material.

You can see a gallery of Dracula Lives cover images here.

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