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Tomb of Dracula #46: Review

Jul 1976
Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan

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Let Us Be Wed in Unholy Matrimony

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4.5 stars

Tomb of Dracula #46 Review by (August 17, 2021)

Review: And another creative issue. The wedding of Dracula is well portrayed, with a number of points that will be followed up on later. It’s the tale of the Faceless Man that stands out, a creative story of revenge from beyond the grave that only tangentially concerned Dracula, and that only by coincidence. Maybe that was what made Drac so angry: he thought he was the villain and turned out to be only the audience for a moral lesson. Kudos to Wolfman and Colan for an issue focusing on guest characters when it needed to. Kudos also for not putting in Harold H. Harold or Frank Drake and Rachel van Helsing. Nobody cares about them.

Comments: Oddest moment: Dracula is seen walking down a sheer wall, a variation on an action from Stoker’s novel. The letters page includes one by a Mike Perry of Rumford ME; there are several comics artists and graphic designers with that name on the internet, he may be one of these.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Tomb of Dracula #46 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Dracula gathers with the Church of the Damned to celebrate his wedding to Domini as he is worshipped by the cult as their only true god, in defiance of Christ, whose portrait hangs on the wall of the church. The two celebrants allow their wrists to be cut and their blood mingled, joining them as one….

At the offices of American Chemron Industries, a worker, Barry Windom, warns CEO Wallace Slammerkin that he is going to blow the whistle on all of the dishonest company practices threatening the environment; Slammerkin shoots him and has his executive staff help him dump the body into waters contaminated with chemical waste. As his corpse tumbles though the corrosive acids, his facial features are eaten away, leaving him faceless. Yet the creature still lusts for vengeance and so rises from the river….

Elsewhere, Hannibal King and Blade are searching for another henchman of Deacon Frost to learn what the villain is planning to do with a duplicate of Blade….

His wedding concluded, Dracula addresses the Damned and announces his new plan to found a new religious order around them and to father a son, to combat the Son of God, who will also be born on December 25th. Domini submits to all of this and so he carries her off to a honeymoon in hell….

The Faceless Man arrives at the home of Chemron exec Jack Simmons, crashing through the door. He tears out Jack’s left eye and places it into his own face and departs for his next victim….

Dracla leaves Domini with his coffin, as he can’t explain why she has such a hold over his emotions. He flies out into the night in search of a victim and chooses a woman, Jean Hargrove, and decides to stalk her as long as he can….

The Faceless Man comes upon his second victim, executive Fred Anderson, in the steam room of a gym; he chokes the man then removes his right eye adding it to his own face. A third victim, Eli Harris, is out with his wife, feeling guilty about his part in Windom’s death, when the revenant appears and erases Harris’ mouth for his own. Jean Hargrove returns to the Chemron main office where she is having a clandestine affair with Slammerkin. Dracula has been following and through the window, he hypnotizes her into inviting him into the building. Slammerkin shoots the intruder but it does nothing—but another intruder is there, the Faceless Man, who can now speak, having replaced his missing mouth, cries out for vengeance, taking Jean’s nose for himself. He defies Dracula and hurls the vampire out of the window. By the time Dracula re-enters, Windom has taken Slammerkin’s ears and heart for his own, leaving the executive useless for Dracula’s purpose. But now, having regained a heart, Windom knows that his vengeance accomplished nothing and the living corpse melts away into goo, leaving Dracula helpless in his own rage….

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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(Eric Brooks)

Plus: Domini.

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