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Tomb of Dracula #67: Review

Nov 1978
Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan

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At Long Last—Lilith!

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3 stars

Tomb of Dracula #67 Review by (January 11, 2022)

Review: So they finally put Lilith into the comic, her black and white showcases having all been cancelled when Dracula suddenly locates her in all of NYC to cover the months supposedly spent in searching between issues. The result is a bit disappointing. I don’t know what I expected but somehow a lame fight that Lilith doesn’t win while they hurl invectives at one another wasn’t it. Really, Lilith’s grievances against her father go back 500 years and he is now a mortal; why doesn’t she kill him? In fact, she gives up entirely, going home with the matter left open. And I have finally discovered why Harold H. Harold is still in the comic: it’s because his usual nebbish shtick is sometimes better than what’s going on in the serious bits, like this pointless battle/plug for the author’s friends’ play. A surprising dud. And I wanted to see more of Ann Keats.

Comments: Part three of three parts. Lilith was introduced in GIANT-SIZE CHILLERS #1; this is her first (and last) full appearance in the series. Angel O’Hara was introduced in the same issue and subsequently showed up in Marvel’s black and white titles; Martin Gold first appeared in VAMPIRE TALES #6 and several of the B&W comics. See note about colorist Francoise Mouly on issue #64. Special thanks are given to Bob Hall and David Richmond, authors of The Passion of Dracula, the play in the story, a real production which opened in 1977 at the actual Cherry Lane Theater in New York City.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Tomb of Dracula #67 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Sensing that his daughter Lilith is inside, Dracula enters a Greenwich Village art gallery. Knowing she inhabits a series of host bodies, he is drawn to Angel O’Hara, but learning she is pregnant and has a boyfriend, he decides he was mistaken. But he follows Angel and Martin Gold home and enters, hypnotizing Martin into immobility and confronting Angel in the shower; she is, indeed, Lilith. And she reiterates how much she hates him, will do nothing to help him, and intends to kill him in a most human manner. He flees and she pursues in bat form he curses her for being the only one with the rightful heritage to turn him back to a vampire. She leads him to the Cherry Lane Theater where the play The Passion of Dracula is being performed. In the audience is Harold H. Harold with Darlene, an attractive actress he is (vainly) trying to impress….

In Boston, Domini is still worried about Dracula; Janus arrives and yet again they talk about his destiny to kill his father, while she regrets the situation….

Dracula and Lilith take the stage to battle, their ancient hatreds coming out and confusing the audience. As the theatergoers all flee (save for Harold), Lilith sends a swarm of rats to attack her father. She flies up to the roof and calls down a storm, sending a pack of dogs to occupy him along with several hypnotized humans. Harold calls Quincy Harker in Boston and is told he is in New York; he phones the hotel and informs Quincy, Rachel van Helsing, and Frank Drake as to what is going on….

When the vampire hunters arrive, Harold points out Lilith, in bat form, and Rachel is certain that Dracula will never escape them….

Meanwhile, Dracula flees through the night, determined to find Janus and learn what else awaits him….

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


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