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Tomb of Dracula #48: Review

Sep 1976
Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan

Story Name:

A Song for Marianne

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Tomb of Dracula #48 Review by (August 31, 2021)

Review: The second story is just a place keeper, reminding us that the heroes exist and contributes nothing to the ongoing plot other than sending Frank, Harold, and Rachel into whatever they are going to face next time. The third story is even briefer, following right on issue #46 and skipping over #47 to introduce a new villain. It’s the first story that holds all the magic, yet another history of a character whose life intersected with Dracula’s and tragedy ensued. Intense and moving.

Comments: Doing the math, we learn that Marianne was 54 years old when she became a vampire, yet she looks much younger; a vampire does not get younger than they were when they were vampirized, a lesson learned by Ilsa Strangway way back in issue #4. So what’s the deal with Marianne?


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Tomb of Dracula #48 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

A vampire named Marianne tells her story, wanting to die a second time….

At three years old in 1875, Marianne was the daughter of a pirate who took her on his voyages. During a fateful encounter, Captain Cutlass discovered that a ship’s treasure was a coffin containing Count Dracula. Annoyed at being disturbed, Dracula killed the Captain and made him a vampire and Marianne saw it all….

In Madrid 1903: An adult Marianne had finally found her vampire father and kept him prisoner in her home. She stole blood from a hospital to feed her father without harming anyone and on her way home she was accosted by Dracula. She dropped the blood and Dracula was enraged to see it going to waste and attacked her. Her father came to the rescue, intending to kill Dracula with a wooden stake but the Lord of the Undead killed him and flew away….

Rome 1926, Marianne was married to Count Marcos de la Triana who had made an enemy of Dracula. The Lord of the Undead recognized Marianne and took delight in biting her husband, who, after three days returned and made her his first victim. They were together for fifty years until Blade appeared and killed Marcos and now, grieving, Marianne asks Dracula, accompanied by his bride Domini, to drive a stake into her heart that she may be reunited with her beloved husband. Dracula agrees….

“Lost: One Vampire!”
Writer: Marv Wolfman. Pencils: Gene Colan. Inks: Tom Palmer. Colors: Michelle Wolfman. Letters: John Costanza.
Synopsis: Frank Drake is commiserating with Quincy Harker, Harold H. Harold, and Aurora Rabinowitz, unable to understand why Rachel van Helsing dumped him. No one has an answer so Frank decides to go out hunting for Dracula. Aurora demands that Harold go along and bring back her beloved Dracula or she will never speak to him again. He insists she kiss him goodbye and she does. Rachel is watching outside, determined to follow them, expecting Frank’s arrogance to lead to disaster. After Aurora goes home, Quincy has a heart episode but reaches his pills in time….

Writer: Marv Wolfman. Pencils: Gene Colan. Inks: Tom Palmer. Colors: Michelle Wolfman. Letters: John Costanza.
Synopsis: Blade and Hannibal King, on the trail of Deacon Frost, track him to a Boston apartment. Smashing the door down, Blade comes face-to-face with—not Frost but his own exact double, only a vampire….

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


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