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Tomb of Dracula #26: Review

Nov 1974
Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan

Story Name:

Where Lurks the Chimera!

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Tomb of Dracula #26 Review by (February 23, 2021)

Review: And Marv Wolfman switches things up once again: a new protagonist, yeshiva student David Eschol, lending a new voice to the story, a Jewish voice this time. Vampires usually appear in a semi-Christian context (crucifixes are a dead giveaway) or totally secular one so this is a welcome addition. There’s also a number of quotes or paraphrases of Scripture, mainly from the Book of Proverbs, through this four-issue arc, befitting the new protagonist. The Taj subplot has been teased for a while but we’ll finally get somewhere in issue #28. The Frank Drake subplot? That goes crazy, climaxing in issue #36.

Comments: Part one of four parts. First appearances of David Eshcol and Chastity Jones. Frank’s old friend, called merely Danny in issue #1, is here listed as Danny Summer, but called Summers (plural) in all subsequent appearances. Joshua Eschol’s lengthy Bible quotation is Proverbs 4:10-19, not sure which translation. King Kull appears in the history of the Chimera. One of the letters in the letter column is by future Marvel editor Ralph Macchio. And oh yeah, the unseen villain at the end is Dr. Sun, last seen in issue #21.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Tomb of Dracula #26 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Pawnbroker Jacob Eshcol shows his son David the three pieces of a statue of a Chimera, which, when assembled, create an object of great power; David, a devout Jew, questions the wisdom of consorting with such an object. A band of thugs break in, kill Jacob, beat David and carry off the Chimera—but they have left behind the tail, one of the three necessary components….

In India, Taj Nital has returned to his hometown and a friend, Ramon, pleads with him to see his wife and son before it is too late. Taj punches him but regrets it immediately….

In London, a band of men have cornered Dracula, having seen him kill a woman they knew. Dracula hypnotizes them into halting their attack on him and then he commands them to fight one another as he takes off, heading to Joshua Eschol’s pawnshop, seeking the Chimera. Peering in a window he sees Eschol’s dead body and he is interrupted by a police officer. Dracula presents himself as a mere curious onlooker and departs. But he saw David, bruised and holding the Chimera’s tail piece. He dispatches his agent Shiela Whittier; she contacts David, claiming to be a representative of the museum Jacob had called to have the Chimera authenticated. They get acquainted….

In London, Frank Drake is approached by Chastity Jones, bringing an offer of a job in Brazil from his friend Danny Summer (seen briefly in issue #1). Franks has a shower and cleanup at Chastity’s apartment and the two sleep together before heading to the airport….

David Eshcol takes Shiela to visit Lydia, an old woman of this acquaintance who is a midwife and expert in bizarre folklore. Lydia gives them the history of the Chimera: Created thirty thousand years ago in Atlantis, it has vanished from history only to reappear after lengthy intervals to spur men to evil and violence. Lydia also explains that David’s father wanted the Chimera to keep it out of evil hands—and that it can be used for good as well as evil….

Dracula follows the trail of the thugs who took the Chimera from Jacob Eshcol to a building where he breaks in. Suddenly steel doors drop barring the exits while a disembodied voice directs him further into the building. There, he is sealed in a room and a vent opens and water begins pouring into the room…holy water….



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

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Sun
Doctor Sun

(Dr. Sun)

Plus: Shiela Whittier.

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