‘Tomb of Dracula’: When the Terror Got Real

img_0316In 1973, just a few months at the helm, Marv Wolfman was already shaking things up at Marvel Comics’ “Tomb of Dracula.”  He had introduced Blade, arguably one of the most important characters in the Marvel Universe, in TOD No. 10. Of course, we only know that in hindsight.

But Wolfman wanted readers to know the horror title would live up to its grim potential. This wasn’t going to be the typical Marvel book in which the characters get pummeled one issue and are fine the next. Violence would have consequences.

Some bad things were going to happen. And no one was safe.

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Introducing Blade – and the Marvel Universe Would Never Be the Same

Blade gets ready to shank our undead star in "Tomb of Dracula" No. 10.
Blade gets ready to shank our undead star in “Tomb of Dracula” No. 10.

Marv Wolfman had only been writing Marvel Comics’ “Tomb of Dracula” for a few months when he created the most dynamic, dangerous character in the horror comic’s supporting cast – one who would help launch Marvel from the printed page to box-office success.

Welcome Blade – the vampire-slayer!

Or the vampire killer.

Your call. The comic flips between both.

One thing is obvious: Blade is nothing like the other hunters chasing Dracula.

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