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Comic Book Alphabet of Vampires – K

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


Hannibal King

King is one of the coolest characters to come out of Tomb of Dracula – he’s a private investigator who was turned into a vampire, but he retained his human conscience, so he fights on the side of the good guys and remains a vampire detective.

During the 90s, when everyone was all bad-ass and “extreme,” Hannibal began to become more hardcore vamp-y.

However, recently, he’s gone back to being a cool regular detective/vampire.

He was especially good in the recent Blade ongoing series.

He was also featured in the third Blade film, as a possibility for a spin-off (it did not happen).


Tom Fitzpatrick

May 30, 2008 at 3:25 am

“It would be a stronger Alphabet,
a stronger loving Alphabet to die in.”

John Cale

“Tom Fitzpatrick isn’t funny”


Interestingly enough, he took time out from being a vampire to draw a few issues of Grendel. He’s multi-talented!

Comic version is cool, movie version . . . Not so much.

Hannibal King’s introduction is Tomb of Dracula #25 is one of the best single-issue stories ever to appear in a mainstream comic. The surprise ending is a knock-out. Then when you read it again you see that Wolfman and Colan had left subtle clues to it all through the story.

It’s a classic!

The Fiendish Dr. Samsara

May 30, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Wait! Hannibal King became a vampire…again?

Tom Fitzpatrick

May 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Whatever became of Hannibal King (the artist) anyway?

I remember that Tim Sale inked his Grendel issues of the 4-part story arc and then did the pencils of the fourth.

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