Writer: Steve Englehart
Artist: Gene Colan
Inks/Colors: Tom Palmer
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Marv Wolfman
Main Characters: Dracula & Dr. Strange
Synopsis: Having just defeated Dr. Strange and drained him of his blood, Dracula throws Strange's corpse into Dr. Sun's cellar. Dracula tells Strange that in three days, Strange will be his slave.
However Dr. Strange has other plans. His astral form floats above his body. Fortunately for Strange, he was able to astrally project his consciousness just as Dracula was putting him under his hypnotic power. Dr. Strange attempts to enter his body but the vampiric transformation process is keeping Strange from entering his body. Dr. Strange mediatates on his situation and prepares a plan to stop Dracula.
Meanwhile, Dracula comes across a deconsecrated church and a homeless woman who is living there. He feeds on the homeless woman but is interupted by the ghost of Dr. Sun. Dracula lashes out at the immaterial form and watches as it disappears from his sight. He then returns to Dr. Sun's lair to check on Strange's body. He finds Strange still lying there and wonders what could be haunting him.
The next night, Dracula then goes to check on the body of Dr. Strange's servant Wong. It has been three days since Dracula attacked Wong and he should now be a vampire. However there is no sign of Wong's body. As Dracula wonders what has happened, he is greeted by the ghost of his beloved wife Maria. Dracula knows that it is an illusion and he calls her a demon. The ghost of Maria tells Dracula that she is a demon will make Dracula pay for his sins. A crowd of people watch Dracula as he battles with a phantom.
As Dracula leaves the scene, the ghost transforms into Dr. Strange's astral form. Strange is the one who has been haunting Dracula the last two nights.
Dracula barely makes it back to his coffin before the sun rises. He then goes after Dr. Strange with a wooden stake. He is going to destroy Dr. Strange just as he becomes a vampire. However Dr. Strange fights back and the two vampires battle one another. Dracula gains the upper hand until he tells Strange that he is his lord. This gives Strange an idea and Dr. Strange calls on the name of Jehovah God to help him. Holy power surges through Strange, burning both him and Dracula. Strange holds on to Dracula until he is a burnt out shell.
With Dracula dead, Dr. Strange brings back his servant Wong and casts a spell that cures him of his vampiric nature. After freeing Wong, he casts the same spell on himself. With both men now free of the curse of vampirism, they leave Dracula's burnt out shell behind.
NOTES: When we last saw Dr. Strange, he had fallen under Dracula's hypnotic spell and been drained of his blood. However in part two of the battle between Strange and Dracula, we learn that Strange astrally projected himself before his body fell victim to Dracula. However Strange is not out of the woods. He must find a way to destroy Dracula.
Steve Englehart does a good job of finishing the story that Marv Wolfman started. Mr. Englehart does a good job of capturing Dracula's character. If one hadn't looked at the credits, one might suspect that this story was written by Marv Wolfman.
Although this is a good story, there are a few unanswered questions. First, what purpose did Dr. Strange haunting Dracula have? Second, in the story's ending, Dr. Strange calls on the power of Jehovah God. This allows Strange to burn Dracula as if he were exposed to a cross. However while Dr. Strange acknowledges that the spell is hurting himself as well as Dracula (because Strange is still in vampiric form), Dr. Strange doesn't seem to get hurt. Finally, Dr. Strange cures Wong and himself of the vampiric curse almost as an afterthought. If the spell was that easy to cast, why didn't Wong cast it on Wong when Strange first discovered Wong's corpse?
Despite this lingering questions, this was a good crossover between Dracula and a Marvel superhero. Dracula had battled sorcerers before (in Dracula Lives! ) so it seemed like a good fit.