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Comic Book Alphabet of Vampires – G

Again, coinciding with First Second Books’ Vampire Month, here’s the next in our alphabet of comic book vampires!

This is definitely one of the more off-beat vampires on the list!!


Greenberg the Vampire

Oscar Greenberg was a writer who also happened to be a vampire.

He was the star of J. M. DeMatteis and Steve Leialoha’s early 1980s feature, Greenberg the Vampire.

He first appeared in the pages of Bizarre Adventures, but then was given his own Graphic Novel, and he is really ripe for a reappearance (I do not know if DeMatteis has any creator rights – if he does, come on, Marc! Bring him back!!).

The thing about vampires in the Greenberg world (DeMatteis was clear that Greenberg was not part of the regular Marvel continuity) is that they’re really just normal people – normal people who need to drink about eight ounces of blood a day to survive. Luckily, Oscar’s brother is a butcher, so he keeps Oscar filled.

Oscar was courted at his own Bar Mitzvah by the evil Lilith, but the one who actually got him was Denise Keaton, who transformed him into a vampire when she lost control of herself while they were having sex and bit him – three days later he rose as a vampire.

They continued dating, and over a series of years, ended up moving in together.

Oscar was caught up in a number of adventures (and some action!) but mostly he was just a normal guy.

It was a really fun feature by DeMatteis – I’d love to see more of it!



May 25, 2008 at 3:02 pm

I remember reading this, and still have my copy.
It may have been one of the first stories where I could really “hear” DeMateis’ “voice”.

Soon after this, I read his “Moonshadow” & “Into Shamballa” (the Doctor Strange graphic novel).
And from there, I was hooked on all things that he would do.

Grenberg’s a good, offbeat choice.
I can onlt hope that H is a certain long-standing background character with the initials; H.H.H.).



May 25, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Oh… but then what would become of HELLCOW?

Ah well… whatever you choose should be interesting.


If I remember correctly, I think it was Mark Badger who was JMD’s artistic collaborator on this very, very fine book. I still take that out and read it at least once a year and it never fails to bring a tear to my eye.

Tom Fitzpatrick

May 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Battle not with Alphabet, lest ye become an Alphabet.
and if you gaze unto the Alphabet, the Alphabet gazes also unto you.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Just checked Amazon, and you can get a new copy of a Greenberg The Vampire graphic novel for as little as 7.95. I might have to look into that; it looks incredibly interesting.

I really and truly hope that H is Hellcow.

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