TOMB OF DRACULA ISSUE NUMBER THIRTEEN
"TO KILL A VAMPIRE!"
Cover Date: Oct. 1973
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Gene Colan
Inker: Tom Palmer
Colorist: Tom Palmer
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Roy Thomas
Main Characters: Dracula, Frank Drake, Blade, Rachel Van Helsing, Taj,
Synopsis: Rachel Van Helsing is dead. Afer being turned into a vampire by Dracula, her father Quincy kills her to spare her from the curse of the undead. Unfortunately for Quincy, there is no time for mourning with Dracula on the loose. Quincy and the Drac Pack set out after Dracula.
Meanwhile, Dracula after slaying a college girl, Dracula ttends a boxing match in order to study humans more closely. He is disgusted by what he considers a wasteful display of violence and leaves.
Back at the Harker estate, Blade tells the Drac Pack how he became a vampire and how he is searching for the vampire that killed his mother. He tells how a vampire attacked his mother while she was in labor. Now, Blade has devoted his life to finding his mother's killer. He tells the Drac Pack that he too knows what it is like to lose a loved one to a vampire.
Shortly afterwards, one of Quincy Harker's contacts in the London Police spots Dracula and alerts Harker. The Drac Pack follow up the lead and track Dracula to one of his lairs in an old home in the countryside. A furious battle ensues in which Dracula realizes he may need help. He summons slaves from the nearby village as he battles Harker and his vampire slayers. The tide of battle seems to turn in Dracula's favor however and he removes the vampire slayers from the battle until he is alone against Quincy Harker. Then to Dracula's surprise, Blade attacks him from behind and plunges a stake into Dracula's heart. Dracula is dead!
NOTES: This issue features the origin of Blade as well as Dracula's first death in TOD. We also see that Dracula keeps human slaves under his hypnotic thrall that he can summon in times of need. Here, some of the villagers come to Dracula's aid when he battles the Drac Pack. From what we see in this issue, Dracula can summon and control these slaves from a distance.