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Comic Book Alphabet of Vampires – S

First Second Books’ Vampire Month is over, but we are still going!

Here is a short-lived vampire!!

Enjoy!

Storm

Storm was involved in one of the most notable Dracula stories outside Tomb of Dracula set in the Marvel Universe (only Roger Stern’s Doctor Strange story comes close, really), as she was seduced by Dracula.

The story began in Uncanny X-Men #159 before continuing in the X-Men Annual #6.

In the story, Storm was attacked by Dracula and slowly turned into a vampire by Dracula.

The story is really odd, as it involves Rachel Van Helsing being turned into a vampire – that was a pretty depressing ending for Van Helsing, one of the stars of Tomb of Dracula.

There are two notable bits – Kitty Pryde’s Star of David hurting Dracula and Rachel breaking free from Dracula’s control to kill him and then ask Wolverine to kill her.

It’s a nice story with great Bill Sienkiewicz artwork (on both the issue and the Annual), although, like I said, it was a disappointing turn of events for Rachel Van Helsing.

Later, in Mutant X, a story set on an alternate Earth, Storm (as a vampire) was a major character…

She went by the name Bloodstorm.

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Another interesting point introduced in # 159 was that Dracula couldn’t be affected by religious symbols unless the person using the symbol believed in it. Which is why Kitty and Nightcrawler were able to use the Star of David and a cross, respectively, to hurt him, while Wolverine could not.

BTW, Brian, I thought Brent Anderson drew # 159…

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Tom Fitzpatrick

June 7, 2008 at 4:49 am

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre,”
“The Letter cannot find the Alphabet,”
“The centre cannot hold, things fall apart.”

-Yeats

I remember those X-men issue with Dracula, even read some of Mutant X.
Didn’t Tom Raney do some Mutant X issues?

Hang on now…although I remember being impressed by both of the religious implications in X-Men #159 (that Kitty’s Star of David was effective, but Wolverine’s “cross” [made from his claws] was not), but surely that wasn’t the first time anybody ever mentioned that in a vampire story, was it? I know I’ve seen other stories where vampires are repelled by faith in things that aren’t a deity — faith in one’s spouse, faith in money, that sort of thing. Was X-Men #159 really the first to do that?

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre,”
“The Letter cannot find the Alphabet,”
“The centre cannot hold, things fall apart.”

It’s “things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,” actually. And “hear,” not “find,” though that one I guess depends upon your change-up.

As a bit of an aside, there were a couple pretty cool “What If . . .?” that followed up that story.

http://www.comicvine.com/comic/what-if/4249/34113/&i=1445

Brain Mac – The reference to having to have faith in the symbol or it wouldn’t work was certainly older than this, being featured in Salems Lot by Stephen King about 8 years before this (I couldn’t say if THAT was the first time the issue was raised)

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 7, 2008 at 11:18 am

Mr. Reed,

You’re right, I was typing from memory. Ah well, I’m not perfect. ;-)

Ian Astheimer

June 7, 2008 at 11:59 am

Didn’t Tom Raney do some Mutant X issues?

The first three and #5.

He was slated to be the regular artist on the series but left shortly after it began. Cary Nord took over in his stead.

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Patrick Joseph

June 7, 2008 at 2:29 pm

“BTW, Brian, I thought Brent Anderson drew # 159…”

He did issue 160 with Belasco that lead into the Majik limited series.

I’ll NEVER forgive Claremont for killing Rachel Van Helsing in an X-Men Annual. She survided so many desperate battles with Dracula only to be killed at an… X-Men annual? NO WAY!

Anyone know who did the covers on the first two issues posted? And if they did the interiors too?

I’ve never read these X-Men stories, nor the Stephen King story–but I heard the faith/religious symbol thing longer ago than what else was mentioned here–I’m not sure how far back it goes—but most likely it long predates Stephen King

Second X-men cover’s a Bill Sienkiewicz. I’m pretty sure he didn’t do the insides.

Patrick Joseph

June 7, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Bill Sienkiewicz drew the X-Men Annual #6 and #159. Joe Rubenstein inked one of them, although I don’t recall which.

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I recall that on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Vampire Willow (from an alternate reality) wasn’t affected by a cross because as a human she was Jewish. Don’t remember it was ever implied on other vampire stories, but I’m not really a follower of these.

Two notable bits? What about Cyclops’ discovery that, when you’re fighting vampires, judo is better than optic blasts.

Tomer, Vamp!Willow was repelled with a cross (and a bottle of Holy Water). Joss Whedon has stated that the usefulness of crosses in his world has nothing whatsoever to do with faith. Despite being either Jewish or Hollywood Wiccan, Willow herself was able to use crosses on several occasions. And most vampires probably aren’t too religious.

I always thought it was Anderson, for some reason. Bill’s style was really “in house” on the issue. Was that some of his first work?

Patrick Joseph

June 8, 2008 at 8:07 am

wwk5d “I always thought it was Anderson, for some reason. Bill’s style was really “in house” on the issue. Was that some of his first work?”

At this point Bill S. had done a year run on Fantastic Four inked by Joe Sinnott, 30 issues of Moon Knight alternately inked by himself and Klaus Janson, and had done some fill ins and covers here and there. He was still in Neal Adams mode, and was still a few months away from his breakthrough work in New Mutants.

Tomer, that Buffy thing you mentioned was probably a callback to Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, specifically the scene where Neville finds that the cross is ineffective against his Jewish neighbor Ben Cortman.

BloodStorm? groan.

I really like the whole thing of storm becoming a vampire I thought it was pretty cool and quick question do any of you guys know where on the net that i can find the next volume for MUTANT X: THE ORIGINS OF BLOODSTORM #14 AND #12 if you can please let me know here is one of my e-mail addresses Buffy_2018@yahoo.com or at animegirl3000@live.com thak you and i hope to here from you soon.

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