Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dracula: The First Comic Book Adaptation

Dracula, Van Helsing and several other characters from Bram Stoker's novel first appeared in comics in the pre-Code series "Eerie" in August, 1953, published by Avon Periodicals (this is a different series from the more widely-known publication from Warren, which was published from 1966-83).

With art by Gene Fawcette, this is a rather faithful adaptation that begins with Jonathan Harker arriving at Dracula's castle--but ends in typical staking fashion.

"Classic Comics" (Gilberton, 1941-47) had previously brought two literary horrors to life--Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1943, and Frankenstein in 1945--but they cancelled their plans for an adaptation of Dracula. Therefore, this makes the Avon version the first comic book adaptation. I've posted the entire comic to Flickr; just connect, then go full screen. Happy reading!

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