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Tomb of Dracula #38: Review

Nov 1975
Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan

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4 stars

Tomb of Dracula #38 Review by (June 1, 2021)

Review: More comical interplay between Harold and Aurora, a lot more talk from Doctor Sun, and…that’s about it. The issue does a good job of setting up the next issue, while bringing us up to date on Sun’s “story thus far.” Sun really does talk a lot in this issue. It’s next issue that has the fireworks.

Comments: Part two of six parts. Dracula gave up the idea of conquering the world as a world of vampires would have no one to feed on; Quincy thinks this should be reason enough for Sun to abandon his plans but Sun’s scheme doesn’t have the same problem as he wants to mind control humanity not vampirize it.


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Tomb of Dracula #38 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Harold H. Harold realizes Dracula is sneaking up on him and, to his relief, the vampire collapses in his arms. Aurora Rabinowitz arrives and helps him put Dracula to bed; the weakened villain gasps for blood and the two realize they need to supply some to keep their visitor alive. Aurora suggests the hospital at Harvard University. Once there, Aurora flirts with a handsome intern to distract him while Harold steals several bottle of blood. Back at the apartment, they feed their vampiric guest….

Frank Drake, Quincy Harker, and Rachel van Helsing see an illusion of Dracula outside their hotel window and pursue it, reaching a darkened brownstone; they enter and are taken prisoner by Doctor Sun’s hulking henchman Juno, who ushers them into the presence of his master. Sun lectures them, trying to persuade them that they are naturally his allies as they all want Dracula dead. Sun also reveals that he has been draining Dracula, not just of his memories, but his powers and strength as well (since issue #21). Quincy Harker points out that Sun’s plans are the same as Dracula’s: conquering humanity; the big difference is that Dracula gave up the idea long ago as a world of vampires would have no one to feed on. Quincy then fires explosive darts from his wheelchair, blowing up the machinery surrounding Doctor Sun. Juno tries to kill Quincy but Frank battles the giant until Sun tells Juno to stand down, only the device draining Dracula’s powers has been destroyed. Sun moves on to plan two: killing Dracula. And he has brought the heroes there to witness the death of their greatest foe, after which they can decide to join him….

Back at the apartment, Dracula is looking better and Harold has just about talked him into sitting for an interview when Juno bursts in, demanding that Dracula accompany him to Doctor Sun. Since Dracula would like very much to see Sun, he accompanies the big man in his car; soon, Dracula stands in the presence of his enemy, who informs him that he will never be permitted to leave….

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


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