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Essential Tomb of Dracula, Vol. 1

(Essential Tomb of Dracula #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  490 ratings  ·  25 reviews

The name alone is enough to inspire nightmares.

The legendary Lord of the Undead first appeared in the Marvel Universe in the early 1970s--and Tomb of Dracula, the most popular of the House's horror titles, scared up an estonishing seven-year run. Now, Marvel collects the first 15 issues of the classic, spooky series--plus Werewolf by Night #15 and Giant-Size Chille
Paperback, 560 pages
Published November 10th 2004 by Marvel Comics Group (first published January 1st 1983)
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Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
The Essentials reprints are the best bang for the comic buck, period. The Tomb of Dracula is a favorite of mine and I am proud to state that I have the entire run.

These stories were fair, trying to be modern but still holding onto the campy elements from the 1940s Universal movies. The character of Dracula had a solid presence in this work, but modern horror fans of things like the SAW films have to understand these were made for a youth audience in the 1970s, so there is power but no gore.

Before Werewolf by Night, or Ghost Rider, or even Monster of Frankenstein, there was the Tomb of Dracula. "Tomb of Dracula" began with a standard love triangle. Frank Drake, an American descendant of the infamous Count Dracula, who has inherited Castle Dracula. He shows up in Transylvania to check out the property, along with his girl friend Jeannie, and his supposed friend Clifton Graves, Jeannie's ex-boyfriend and a guy out to make a buck. Cliff sees Castle Dracula as a tourist trap that he ex ...more
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I grew up in the 1970's, and oh how I LOVED reading comics. The local 7-11 was the main place I went to get my issues. Sometimes I'd get them at the grocery store too. It seemed like the titles changed from month to moth, which made it tough to keep up with multipart stories.
The 'Horror' comics of the 70's were very hard to keep up with. I did love Werewolf By Night!!! The Tomb Of Dracula was another fave-I had the Power Records adaptation for issue 19, and played it to death! I also had some o
Aug 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
Starts off kind of rough due to revolving door creative teams, but once it gets settled with writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan, it starts to really take off. Colan, especially, is the superstar here, since his art is perfectly suited for the black & white reproduction of the Essential line. Just gorgeous stuff, and it looks far better in b&w than it ever did in color (to think that for all those years I claimed not to be a Colan fan, it was actually his colorist I had the grudge ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
La serie parte come "risvegliammo Dracula per caso e ora gli diamo la caccia", ma per fortuna evolve molto meglio. Nelle prime storie infatti i protagonisti sono un gruppo eterogeneo di cacciatori di vampiri, ma quando verso il decimo episodio il team artistico è consolidato, Marv Wolfman porta Dracula al centro della scena, come deve essere visto che la serie porta il suo nome. Gli altri, ossia i buoni, vengono correttamente relegati al ruolo di ottimi comprimari.
Di tanto in tanto si incappa i
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
These Marvel Essential volumes are great ways to read classic comics and see art by your favorite writers and artists without breaking the bank trying to find original issues.

My only gripe (and it is a minor one) is that these are reproduced in black and white. This, and the newsprint-y paper, is how they are so affordable. But (and this is a big but) you get a lot of reading in each volume.
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I've been a fan of Marvel's Dracula since I first read his encounters with the X-Men as a kid, and I wanted to check out his solo title. I also wanted to read something that many fans consider to be among writer Marv Wolfman's best work. (I have no nostalgic attachment to the Teen Titans, so when I read his work on that book recently it didn't do much for me.)

Apparently this collection has been out of print for a while and some copies were listed on eBay and amazon at $100 (not sure if they actu
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Atmosphärische Zeichnungen, wenig gruslige Geschichten

Gene Colan. Das reicht. Allein die Zeichnungen in diesem Band sind den Preis schon locker wert - dass hinter derart atmosphärisch dichten Darstellungen die Plots weit zurückbleiben, ist wohl verständlich. Während "Tomb of Dracula" schon ein großer Schritt vorwärts im Vergleich zu DC's "House of Mystery" ist in Bezug auf "Grusligkeit", ist es halt immer noch für erwachsene Leser eher Schmunzellektüre, und es fällt einem schwer, sich auf so kli
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Entertaining adventures bringing Dracula into the then modern times (1970s). The book focuses on Dracula and the vampire hunters trying to stop him. A couple of the hunters should be familiar if you know the Bram Stoker novel, as they are descendants of characters from the book. The stories are mostly broken into two types: vampire hunters chasing Dracula and managing to mostly spoil his plans, and Dracula as an almost anti-hero stopping a villain at least as bad as Dracula. I like that througho ...more
Willow Redd
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tomb of Dracula has always been one of my favorite comic series. Growing up, I loved anything featuring the classic Universal Horror characters, and Marvel was using just about all of them. The Werewolf was featured using original character Jack Russell in Werewolf By Night, Frankenstein's Monster had his own title for a while, and of course, Dracula himself would have his own book (and would later even take on the X-Men).

Here we have the first of four Essential collected editions featuring the
Jul 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, horror
I'm not quite through (about six issues left of Vol. 1) but I have to say these Marvel Essentials are just about the coolest things ever, and The Tomb Of Dracula is perfect for this series. I missed the first run of this comic during the seventies, but have had a blast discovering it in this vast book of reprints. The art is top-notch, and the stories are wild and imaginative, especially considering what would, at first glance, be a limited concept.

Is some of the dialog is a little silly? Yes,
Nicholas Kaufmann
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
There are a lot of reasons why I shouldn't have liked this collection. It's extremely text heavy for a comic. The plots are repetitive. The prose is ultra-purple. Characters needlessly narrate in dialogue the action that's happening right there in the panel. Blade, one of only two main characters of color, speaks mostly in jive. The other, Taj, doesn't speak at all. And yet...I kind of loved it. There's an unintentional campiness to the pervasive gothic atmosphere that I very much enjoyed. It's ...more
Aug 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: vampire fanatics, dracula completists, fans of marvel in the '70s
Shelves: comics
If I could give this three and a half stars, I would -- but really, that's a cop-out.

Once Wolfman takes over the writing chores, this gets ... maybe not *good*, exactly, but a lot of fun. Dracula talks way too much, the Dracula hunters consistently scuttle their own plans by talking rather than doing ... but it works. It strikes a tone and runs with it for all its worth. I'd like to say Buffy did it better, but then I wonder if Buffy's going to feel just as dated in 20 years.

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Dan Weiss
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It was $2. Don't judge me.

Update: Standard 70s kitsch but with Blade. Blade makes it awesome. White people are morons who hunt Dracula at NIGHT and wonder why their plans fail. Oscillates between Dracula as antagonist and protagonist so there is more complexity than a lot of these compilations. Originally in color but the B/W gives it a nice "noir" feel which works great. Lots of experimentation with pacing and toeing the line on sensuality, violence, gore, and good v. evil.
Leila Anani
Classic 70's Marvel, most notable for the introduction of vampire hunter Blade - so funny to see him with an affro! Thoroughly enjoyable series of stories in which Dracula escapes death time and again to pit his wits against his nemeses; Rachel Van Helsing, Frank Drake and Quincy Harker and all manner of supernatural foes from a werewolf to disembodied megolomanic brain Dr. Sun.

Doesn't have the compexity or emotional depth of some of the other Marvel stuff I've read, but rip-roaring fun.
Shannon Appelcline
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
The comic starts off weak, with its constant back and forth between Dracula and its hunters. However, it gains strength midway through the volume when Wolfman gains the confidence to write about Dracula without the hunters. Unlike most essentials, the art is crisp enough to survive the change to black & white.
Tara Hall
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I grew up reading TOD, and having the issues all collected was a wonderful way to revisit one of the fun parts of my youth. While some of the issues are pretty formlua-riffic, I enjoyed reading this several times now and will reread it again.
Oct 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
It had a very rough start, but once the full creative team was in place, this became the best horror series comics have even seen. It gets better from issue to issue, and even 30 years later is a fresh, interesting read. Highly recommended.
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
la edición de panini adolece de una de las rotulaciones más putamierda que recuerdo en un comic, la fe de erratas daría para un volumen anexo.
Sobre el comic en si: guiones regularcetes y rimbombantes pero dignificados por la maestría en el dibujo del genial Gene Colan.
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Remember when these were written, and so skirt the lurid overwriting. Enjoy, instead, the atmospheric artwork, especially once Gene Colan comes aboard.
Feb 06, 2012 added it
Still holds up pretty well considering it's a comic from the 70's. That being said, it's still a comic from the 70's.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Marvel Comics did a good take on the Dracula legend in this comic series. The awesome Gene Colan art was perfect for the story. Recommended.
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous atmospheric art from Gene Colan and wonderfully over-the-top dialogue from Marv Wolfman make this collection great fun!
Suzy Marnell
Aug 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Good but a little repetitive. Everytime they almost kill Dracula...poof..he dissolves into mist. Again and again and again...
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Marvin A. "Marv" Wolfman is an award-winning American comic book writer. He is best known for lengthy runs on The Tomb of Dracula, creating Blade for Marvel Comics, and The New Teen Titans for DC Comics.

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