Dracula Lives! – comic magazine, USA, 1973 – 1975

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Dracula Lives! was an American black-and-white horror comic magazine series published by Marvel Comics in the mid-1970s. Thirteen issues and one reprint annual were printed.

Dracula Lives! was released concurrently with Vampire Tales and Monsters Unleashed under the Marvel Monster Group brand in 1973.

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Following Dracula Lives!‘ cancellation in July 1975, an additional instalment appeared in Marvel Preview #8 (“The Legion of Monsters”), comprising roughly one-third of the novel. After a thirty-year hiatus, Marvel commissioned Thomas and Giordano to finish the adaptation, and ran the reprinted and new material as the four-issue miniseries Stoker’s Dracula (Oct. 2004 – May 2005)

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Much of the material in Dracula Lives! was reprinted in a Marvel UK weekly reprint title of the same name. It eventually merged with the Marvel UK Planet of the Apes weekly (!), and with issue 60 the title became Dracula Lives Featuring the Legion of Monsters.

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All thirteen issues of Dracula Lives! were collected for an Essential Marvel edition in 2005.

Running concurrently with the longer-running Marvel comic Tomb of Dracula, the continuities of the two titles occasionally overlapped, with story arcs weaving between the two. Most of the time, however, the stories in Dracula Lives! were stand-alone tales by various creative teams. Later issues of Dracula Lives! featured a serialized adaptation of the original Bram Stoker novel, written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Dick Giordano.

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The magazine format did not fall under the purview of the Comics Code, allowing the title to feature stronger content — such as moderate profanity, partial nudity, and more graphic violence — than Marvel’s “mainstream” titles. The larger format allowed the interior artists to “stretch out” a bit more. Painted covers of the series were done by artists like Boris Vallejo, Neal Adams, and Luis Dominguez. Dracula Lives!‘ text and photo articles were mostly of the Count’s various film appearances. The title of the magazine’s letter column was “Dracula Reads!”

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