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Essential Tomb Of Dracula Volume 4 TPB Paperback – Apr 13 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (April 13 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785117091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785117094
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.5 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xab600bf4) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb63926b4) out of 5 stars Reprinting all of Marvel's black & white "Dracula" stories May 10 2005
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was surprised there was a Volume 4 of the "Essential Tomb of Dracula" because once they got to the end of the run of the Marvel comic book mostly written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Gene Colan, I figured that was it. But there were some black & white magazines being put out at the same time and it is largely the Dracula stories from those titles that are collected here. However, there is also the original pencil art for the pages that Wolfman and Colan had to excise from "Tomb of Dracula" #70 when the finale was finally decided to be a double-issue. Half the pages have dialogue and there is an issue break, so you can have some fun figuring where these pages would have gone. But at least fans of the comic book get a little something new here even if they are familiar with all of the reprints.

What we have in Volume are stories from issues #2-6 of "Tomb of Dracula" magazine, "Dracula Lives" #1-13, and "Frankenstein Monster" #7-9. However, the neat thing about this collection is that the stories are, for the most part, arranged "chronologically" according to the "life" of Dracula. After an article on "Bloodline: A Probable Outline of the Career of Count Vlad Dracula" compiled by Peter Gillis we go back to 1452 with the Marvel origin of the character in "That Dracula May Live Again" by Marv Wolfman and Neal Adams. There are six stories from the 15th century, another dozen before Stoker's "Dracula" in 1890, a three-part encounter with the Frankenstein Monster in 1898 (already reprinted in the "Essential Monster of Frankenstein"), and then 20th century stories from 1903, 1926, and 1944 (the Nazis meet Dracula) before we get to "Today" and the final eleven stories.

This is an uneven collection of stories, which is to be expected with other Marvel writers and artists getting into the act in telling Dracula stories. The best of the bunch are "Sanctuary" by Roger McKenzie and Colon, the Adams drawn story mentioned above, "Suffer Not a Witch" by Roy Thomas with art by Alan Weiss and Dick Giordano, the Civil War tale "A House Divided" by James Shooter and Colan (okay, any time Colan draws a Dracula story it just looks so much better than, say, Frank Robbins), the short "Bounty for a Vampire" by Tony Isabell and Tony DeZeuniga," and "A Night in the Unlife" by Gerry Conway and Alfredo Alcala." But "This Blood Is Mine," a story that has Dracula meeting up with the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, is particularly disappointing as do most of the attempts to introduce the Count into a particular time and place (e.g., the Fascist Rome of 1926 passing for gangland Chicago).

This has to be the last volume in the collection and it certainly qualifies as complete from my perspective. I appreciate having "The Tomb of Dracula" completed, but if they would just get further along with the "Essential Fantastic Four," "Essential Thor," and "Essential Daredevil" I could be even happier.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6392abc) out of 5 stars Graphic SF Reader Sept. 2 2007
By average - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The end of the Tomb of Dracula series is contained in this volume. There are other things like Dracula magazines and other bits and pieces put in to fill it out.

Note that it has been discovered that the excellent original artwork has been altered and censored in some cases. That sort of prudishness in very disappointing in something that was always aimed at adults.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6392b34) out of 5 stars Surprisingly good. Oct. 2 2006
By B. Leblanc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This volume could be suspected of being solely for completists, since it reprints little-known short stories from Marvel's many horror mags. In fact, before reading it, I feared it might feel like a lot of inventory material. I was quite happy to be proven wrong.

Editorial care was taken to present these stories in chronological order, giving them a biographical flavor (we follow Dracula from the late XVth century to the present). The artwork is unequal, but we're treated to some good work by Neal Adams, John Buscema and Alan Lee Weis, by many Filipino artists whose art never looks so good as in black and white, by a young Paul Gulacy and by Dracula's best illustrator ever, Gene Colan.

This final Essential Dracula tome can not compete with the previous three, since they presented the brilliant run of the main Dracula title by Wolfman and Colan; however, it certainly makes a welcome companion. And as ever, at the price, it's a bargain.
By kevin j spear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
if you have the first 3 of essential tomb of Dracula you must have this one also. great graphics. my one problem is that sometimes the white lettering is a little hard to read. the price is worth it, the paper it is printed on is just like the early days of the '70's, but don't get me wrong I do like todays stuff. if you got the originals and never got the magazine, (shame on you) this has great stories from them. also it has stories from monster of Frankenstein that you'll enjoy also
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6392ef4) out of 5 stars The Blood is the Life! Dec 13 2013
By Jack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great stuff. I have some Tomb of Dracula books but never collected them. Now I don't want to pay an arm and a leg to get back issues but want to read the stories. This is a great way to get great stories and great art (though all in black and white). Highly recommend.