Dracula’s Revenge is an episode of the US animated TV series Spider-Woman. It was first aired on US television on November 23rd 1979.
Spider-Woman is a Marvel Comics character originally created in 1977 by Stan Lee. She first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #32 (cover-dated Feb. 1977), and 50 issues of an ongoing series followed.
At its conclusion she was killed, and though later resurrected in an Avengers story arc, she fell into disuse, supplanted by other characters using the name Spider-Woman.
The animated TV series ran for sixteen episodes, many of which featured monsters of interest to horror fans.
‘Pyramids of Terror’ featured her combatting an alien invasion in Egypt led by the Mummy Khufu that climaxed in a very odd-looking London and featured Spider-Man too.
In ‘Realm of Darkness’ the powerful demon Dormammu emerged on a Pacific island, threatening to enslave mankind.
‘The Lost Continent’ was set in the Bermuda Triangle, and featured a mad scientist controlling dinosaurs that eventually attack New York.
‘The Kongo Spider’, which also guest starred Spider-Man, involved a lunatic film director, a giant spider (in a plot inspired by King Kong) and, in Paris, a giant robot spider.
Other episodes featured a mutated human fly villain (an obvious nod to The Fly), a giant scorpion, Viking ghosts, an alien race of human spider creatures and the Loch Ness Monster.
According to the title sequence, Jessica Drew (voiced by Joan Van Ark) was bitten by a poisonous spider as a child; her father saved her life by injecting her with an experimental “spider serum,” which also granted her superhuman powers.
As an adult, Jessica is editor of Justice Magazine, with two other employees featured; sexist photographer Jeff and Jessica’s teenage nephew Billy. When trouble arises, Jessica slips away to spin around and change into her secret identity of Spider-Woman.
The episode Dracula’s Revenge is a monster mash that highlighted the evil Count’s plans to turn the world’s population into vampires, werewolves and clones of Frankenstein’s monster. The Wolf Man turns photographer Jeff and Billy the kid into werewolves with death rays that emerge from their eyes and Spider-Woman herself is changed into a half-vampire/half-werewolf before she concocts a serum to turn her back into a ‘normal’ super heroine. and therefore inevitably defeat the undead.
Cheap, cheerful yet fun, with knowing jokes about sexism, the Spider-Woman animated series is worth watching.
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