TOMB OF DRACULA ISSUE NUMBER THREE 

"WHO STALKS THE VAMPIRE?"

Cover Date: May 1972

Writer: Archie Goodwin

Artist: Gene Colan

Inker: Vince Colletta

Colorist: ?

Letterer: John Costa

Editor: Stan Lee

* Note: The credits on this issue are not too clear on page one.

Main Characters: Dracula, Frank Drake, Clifford Graves, Rachel Van Helsing, Taj,

Inspector Chelm

Synopsis: Frank Drake is ready to jump off the London Bridge after having been forced to kill his former girlfriend Jean after she had been turned into a vampire.

NOTES: Frank steals Dracula's coffin, thinking that Dracula needs it to survive.  But as Dracula notes, it is not the coffin that is vital, but the native soil inside.  Still, the coffin holds something special (as we find out in later issues) and Dracula is eager to retrieve it.

          Dracula still has his chalky white skin in this issue.  A possible inconsistency, Jean is destroyed by sunlight and yet Dracula flees out into the very rising sun that destroys Jean.  A possible explanation is that Dracula is able to resist the sunlight since he is Lord of the Vampires. Thus it is established that Dracula cannot stand in direct sunlight, a weakness from the film version but not Stoker's novel. Of course, the early TOD issues are full of inconsistencies as the writers tried to figure out what vampire myths to use.

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