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Tomb of Dracula #19: Review

Apr 1974
Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan

Story Name:

Snowbound in Hell!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Tomb of Dracula #19 Review by (November 16, 2020)

Review: This issue has less of a plot than most, mainly following Rachel and Drac as they trek through the mountains and argue over things. Thus, there’s more opportunity to revel in Marv Wolfman’s purple prose. Drac’s elegant and arrogant speechifying spills over into the narration for an added bonus to the tale. The big problem is one of continuity: when WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #15 ended, it was Frank and Rachel in the copter, escaping with the magic book. Suddenly in this ish, Rachel is alone with a pilot and Frank is nowhere in sight. And after the crash, Dracula throws away the book as pointless. Well, that’s one way to negate what was a major plot element from the previous two issues. The big revelation is that Blade is immune to a vampire’s bite; this actually does serve as an advance in the character—even if it doesn’t go full Daywalker for him. Things are looking good.

Comments: Part one of three parts. This issue was also released as part of a book and record set published by Power Records.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Tomb of Dracula #19 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Dracula and Rachel van Helsing are trapped in snowy Transylvanian Alps after the vampire pursued van Helsing, escaping in a helicopter from his castle with the magic book that held the secret of his destruction. Dracula threw the pilot to his death and then, because neither one could fly the copter, it crashed in the snow. Dracula bandaged Rachel’s broken leg, tossed away the book because it was of no use to him in their predicament, and journeyed toward civilization with Rachel kept alive for feeding purposes. He is forced to kill a goat to keep her fed and healthy while she plots to kill him….

In the Irish pagoda of Doctor Sun, Lucas Brand is given one last test: flying through flaming hoops treated with garlic. Brand transforms into a bat and neatly completes the task. He is now ready to meet Doctor Sun….

Quincy Harker, finding Blade who was bitten by Dracula (issue #17) is about to stake him when the vampire hunter reveals he is in perfect health. Quincy opines that, his mother having been bitten while he was in the womb, he is now immune to a vampire’s bite….

As they travel through the snow, Rachel tries to kill Dracula and they continue to bicker about his supposed superiority to ordinary humans. Dracula is attacked by a mad goat and Rachel is forced to shoot it to keep her captor alive. Then Frank Drake arrives in a search copter and Dracula seizes the opportunity to turn her but a fusillade of wooden bullets drives him away. Frank rescues Rachel and they pursue Dracula into the storm….

Gene Colan
Tom Palmer
Glynis Wein
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)
Tom Palmer (Cover Inker)
Tom Palmer (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: John Costanza.


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