Issue(s): Giant-Size Chillers #1, Tomb of Dracula #23, Tomb of Dracula #24, Tomb of Dracula #25
Published Date: Jun - Oct 74
Title: "Night of the she-demon / The ghost on Haunted Hill! / Demons in the dark!" / "Shadows in the night!" / "A night for the living... a morning for the dead!" / "Night of the blood stalker!"
Marv Wolfman - Writer
Gene Colan - Penciler
Frank Chiaramonte / Tom Palmer - Inker
Giant-Size Chillers #1 introduces Lilith, Dracula's daughter.
Her spirit possesses (and totally transforms) the body of any woman who truly hates and wants to kill her father. This despite the fact that Lilith seems to have come to grips with her father's abandonment of her. Lilith doesn't really figure much into the plot here, even in the issue she is introduced in.
The remaining stories are pretty good, delving more into the personal lives of the vampire hunter cast. We see a little of Taj's life without Rachel in India.
We see Frank Drake finding himself without motivation now that he's under the impression that Dracula is dead.
And we get a story with Blade being a bad ass sex machine, dead vampires in the room notwithstanding.
Blade also agrees to help some friends deal with a vampire only to find out that the vampire is actually Dracula.
The final issue in this collection is a story about Hannibal King...
...a detective who turns out to be a vampire.
The reveal is a little heavy-handed, possibly deliberately nodding to the old horror comics that always had a twist ending...
...but King will become a relatively popular character.
These issues have frequent references to the Dracula Lives series, which told stories about Dracula's past. For a character who is several centuries old, it is nice to see his past being relevant.
Quality Rating: C+
Historical Significance Rating: 6 - first Lilith, first Hannibal King
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
- The vampire hunters believe Dracula to be dead based on the fire in Dr. Sun's lab in Tomb of Dracula #21.
- Dracula killed the gypsy tribe and was turned into a vampire in Dracula Lives #2.
- Frank Drake met Rachel Van Helsing when he attempted suicide after being forced to kill his girlfriend-turned-vampire in Tomb of Dracula #2.
- Hannibal King makes passing reference to Lilith's slaughter of an airplane's passengers in "the current issue of Vampire Tales".
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: Essential Tomb of Dracula vol. 1
Lilith is actually Marvel's 2nd attempt at a Vampirella rip-off, the first being Satana.
In early 1978 it was announced that Marvel would put out an entirely new horror magazine(after all the others had been cancelled for a while) starring Lilith by Gerber/Colan. She wound up appearing in Marvel Preview instead.
FOOM#6 announced an appearance by King Kull in this title about this time.
According to FOOM#17, the Blade story was originally intended for Marvel Spotlight.