Cover Date: September 1978
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Illustrators: Gene Colan & Tom Palmer
Letterers: John Costanza
Colorist: Michele W.
Editor: Marv Wolfman
Consulting Editor: Jim Shooter



Main Characters:  Dracula, Domini, Ann Keats, & Francis Leroy Brown
Synopsis:  Dracula walks the snow covered streets of New York in search of his daughter Lilith.   Dracula is determined to find her so that she can transform him back into a vampire.   Unfortunately being human is proving difficult for Dracula.   With no money, he is forced to rob a couple who happen to be walking by him.   Dracula takes the man's money and is shocked by his actions.   Has he been reduced to a common thief he wonders.   The man who was robbed points out Dracula to some passerbyers and they chase after Dracula.   Dracula manages to elude them and hides out.   A priest asks Dracula if he needs help but the former Lord of Vampires ignores him.

Dracula's hunger takes him to a disco bar where he orders a hamburger.   He finds himself hit on by a divorced woman named Ann Keats.   Keats invites Dracula to join her and the two leave the bar.    When Dracula tells her that he is looking for his daughter, Keats mentions that she has friends who help track down teen runaways.   However when he gets there, Dracula realizes that he has no information to give them as he has no idea what female form Lilith has adopted.

Dracula leaves the office and steps out into an alleway.   There, he is accosted by a trio of thugs who attempt to rob him and Ann.   Dracula fights them off and leaves them lying.   Ann is shocked by what she sees.   She asks Dracula who he truly is and he tells her that he is Dracula.

Atop a building overlooking the alley, an assassin by the name of Francis Leroy Brown watches Dracula finish off the robbers.   Brown hired the robbers so that he could observe Dracula in combat.   Now that he has seen Dracula fight, he knows what to expect.

Ann takes Dracula back to her apartment where Dracula calls Domini to let her know where he is.   Domini tells him that she will pray for him but she wonders if it is too late for him.  

Suddenly, Francis Leroy Brown breaks into Ann's apartment.   He goes after Dracula, shooting him in the arm.   Despite his wound, Dracula fights back, knocking Brown through a window.   Brown manages to catch onto a fire escape as he falls.

Brown shoots at Dracula but misses.   Dracula lashes out at Brown but he realizes that he doesn't have the strength to continue his battle.   Dracula staggers out of Ann's apartment and makes his way to the apartment building's rooftop.   The nighttime air invigorates him and when Brown follows him to the rooftop, Dracula manages to defeat Brown, hurling him from the top of the building.

Ann Keats races to the roof where she sees Dracula tending to his wounded arm.   She tells Dracula that an ambulance is on the way.  Dracula collapses before her.

The next day, Dracula's picture appears in the newspaper.   A woman reading it takes note of the man.  The woman is Lilith, the daughter of Dracula.   She wonders what has brought her father to New York and wonders why he is no longer a vampire.

NOTES:
Dracula's experience as a human one continues to be a painful one for the former King of Vampires.   Not only does he find himself plagued by hunger but he finds himself being stabbed and shot (again).   Luckily for Dracula, his wounds are not fatal.  

Dracula's brush with Francis Leroy Brown proves to be almost anticlimatic.   Dracula doesn't have too much trouble dispatching of him nor does he have any problem handling the three thugs hired by Brown to test Dracula.   Here we see that Dracula is a mighty warrior even when he doesn't have his vampiric powers.

The difficulty of Dracula's search for Lilith is not overlooked in this story.   As Dracula wanders the streets of New York City, it's clear that he recognizes the futility of his search (since Dracula does not know what host body Lilith has taken possession of) even when Ann Keats gets him professional help to track Lilith down.

Finally it's clear from this issue that Dracula is attractive to women, with or without his vampiric animal magnetism.