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Tomb of Dracula #7: Review

Mar 1973
Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan

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Night of the Death Stalkers!

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Tomb of Dracula #7 Review by (July 27, 2020)

Review: Marv Wolfman, the first permanent writer, starts off his run with a bang—or at least some snowfall; Marv goes back to vampire lore to bring back the monster’s power to control weather (watch Drac butt heads with Thor with a weather battle in THOR #333!). And the next thing is that Drac summons rats, also a little-known power of vampires. And as if that weren’t enough, Marv brings in Quincy Harker, mentioned on the last page of the original novel, to be the leader/financier of the team, to provide some continuity—and also to give Drac an active role in the proceedings, setting a trap for the heroes. And what a trap! More next issue but it’s a pretty cool one.

Comments: First issue written by Marv Wolfman who would continue with the series until the end at issue #70. First appearances of Quincy Harker and Edith Harker, though Quincy’s birth was noted in the epilogue to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Presumably, Buckley Granger survived his attack by Dracula as the heroes don’t mention staying to stake him—in fact, they don’t mention him at all. And Gene Colan still can’t distinguish a cross from a crucifix (see issue #1).


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Tomb of Dracula #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Dracula calls down a snowstorm on London as a prelude for his hunting one dark night. He summons rats to drive a young woman into his waiting arms but her crucifix drives him away. He leaves her to the rats but her father, an old man in a wheelchair, and his dog drive them off. He then sends a message to Rachel van Helsing that Dracula is in London….

Meanwhile, Dracula makes his plans to trap his enemies while berating his servant Clifton Graves….

Rachel van Helsing, Frank Drake, and Taj Nital come to London to see Quincy Harker; Rachel explains that Quincy is the son of Jonathan and Mina Harker and he has a scientific approach to vampire-hunting. Frank is introduced to Harker and his daughter Edith and they return to the Harker estate. Harker shows off his latest tool, a tube that fires a net weighted down with garlic-filled balls, designed to trap Dracula in bat form. Harker gives a short history of vampire-hunting and Frank commits himself to the mission….

At nightfall, Dracula rises, abuses Cliff Graves some more and heads out to hypnotize a group of young boys into serving him. As bait for his trap, Dracula preys upon a drunken fellow named Buckley Grainger near Harker’s home; the man’s scream brings the vampire hunters. After a wild struggle, Dracula flies off and the others pursue in their car until their quarry enters an old fortress. They creep in, overpower and bind Cliff, and drive a stake into Dracula’s heart as he lies in his coffin. But it turns out to be a double and the vampire springs his trap: he unleashes his pack of hypnotized boys to kill them, knowing they will be hesitant to fight innocent children. As Dracula leaves, Harker fires a round of poisoned darts, one of them striking Dracula and then they face the children….  

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

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