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October 17, 2007

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suedenim

That 2002 Superman story was amusing, but odd - sort of a 22-page "Mad Magazine" take on the concept, played straight up to the "surprise" ending. When Superman's yellow-sun-charged blood annihilates the Count, you can almost hear a comedy trumpet going "Wah wah wah WAAAAHHHH...."

The Marvel covers remind me that Marvel Dracula is a character pretty much nobody has ever gotten right after his series ended (even including the '90s miniseries also by Wolfman and Colan, which was surprisingly awful.)

Mark Engblom

I agree...the 2002 Superman/Dracula story was pretty awful. But then again, just about everything appearing in a Superman title at that time was pretty awful. With that particular issue, I don't know what was worse: Jeph Loeb's phoned-in script or Ian Churchill's amateurish art.

You're right about Drac's post Tomb of Dracula apperances as well. Though I liked the handling of him in the Doctor Strange stories (Drac's destruction), most of the time he's more of a one-note caricature than the complex figure presented in Tomb.

suedenim

That really was a pretty horrible period for Superman, one that for me broke a streak of buying pretty much every single ongoing issue of a Superman title since Byrne's "Man of Steel." I think the unreadably incoherent "Our Worlds At War" is what finally did it for me.

One curious thing about Marvel Dracula is that, pretty much, nobody except Gene Colan can make him look right. He always seems a little "off," even when the artist is trying to be consistent, like on the "Giant-Size" cover here. Perhaps that's even the reason why artists made strange decisions with him later, like giving him a beard?

That'd be an interesting thing to look at - characters who, for whatever reason, seem inextricably linked to a particular artist, so much that they don't "look right" when others draw them?

Mark Engblom

"That really was a pretty horrible period for Superman, one that for me broke a streak of buying pretty much every single ongoing issue of a Superman title since Byrne's "Man of Steel."

It nearly drove me away as well...and I have an unbroken line of Superman comics going all the way back to 1955! I blame most of it on the spectacular incompetence of editor Eddie Berganza, but the writers and artists of the time certain deserve their share of blame.

"I think the unreadably incoherent "Our Worlds At War" is what finally did it for me."

Don't get me started.

"One curious thing about Marvel Dracula is that, pretty much, nobody except Gene Colan can make him look right."

I think you're absolutely right on that. What I loved the most about Colan's Dracula was his almost ethereal presense. Much of that came from Colan's already fluid, somewhat sketchy style (like shifting fog and shadow), but for Dracula himself, he seemed to amp it up just a bit more. Another visual hallmark of the Colan Dracula was the truly frightening expressions he could give the Vampire Lord...especially when his eyeballs would turn a glassy black with fangs bared. Just off-the-wall spooky stuff....which nobody's managed to surpass.

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