TOMB OF DRACULA ISSUE NUMBER TWENTY THREE

"SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT!"

Cover Date: August 1974

Writer: Marv Wolfman

Pencils:: Gene Colan

Inker: Tom Palmer

Colorist: P. Goldberg

Letterer: John Costanza

Editor: Roy Thomas

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Main Characters: Dracula, Shiela Whittier

Synopsis: Through the assistance of his slave Lord Henry, a powerful member of England's parliamentary House of Lords,Dracula has obtained diplomatic immunity in England as well as possession of Castle Dunwick a castle inhabited by a terrified young woman named Shiela Whittier.

Dracula takes the girl under his protection and begins to investigate what is troubling her.  He learns that she inherited the castle and moved in with her lover only to watch as he died in a freak accident in the castle. Dracula soon discovers that the castle is haunted by Shiela's father.  Dracula destroys the idol which binds the ghost's spirit to earth and saves Shiela's life.

Elsewhere in India, Taj returns home to answer his family's distress call.

NOTES: This story was continued from Giant Sized Chillers #1 (featuring Lilith, Daughter of Dracula).  More or less a ghost story, this issue is interesting in Dracula decides to use Shiela Whittier as a willing servant rather than using a vampirically controlled one like Clifton Graves.  By befriending Whittier, Dracula hopes a person with a free will who is manipulated by him will end up more useful to him than a mind-controlled slave.  Once again, Marv Wolfman tries a story other than "Dracula on the run".  Like TOD#22 , Wolfman effectively puts Dracula in the middle of a traditional horror story as a kind of antihero.  #22 dealt with Dracula battling a vampire while this issue sees Dracula in a haunted house.  Once again Wolfman shows the wide variety of stories that can be told with Dracula.

Wolfman also drops another clue about an upcoming story when we see one of Dracula's mind controlled servants (Lord Henry) somehow break free of his hypnotic thrall.

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