Friday, April 16, 2010

DRACULA: The Vampire's Curse (Part One)

Back in January I posted the Dell Movie Classic version of The Creature from the Black Lagoon (click HERE.) Today we resurrect the October - December 1962 Dell version of Dracula, (aka "The Vampire's Curse"), from Movie Classic #231. This is a very different, almost complete re-vamping of the classic Stoker story that we all know, but it's still a decently told, atmospheric tale with unusually moody and occasionally gorgeous artwork from Max Elkan. Come back this weekend for part two!



















To be continued...

14 comments:

Mike H said...

Oooh... thanks for this! This is one Dell Monster book that I don't have! What a gorgeous cover!

OK... off to read it...

Anonymous said...

LOVE THESE DELL MOVIE CLASSICS!

prof. grewbeard said...

not really "Dracula" but still an awesome vampire seduction...

i've been thinking about posting the Classics Illustrated version of Frankenstein but it's just so damn long!...

Anonymous said...

"Revamping!" Thats awesome!

Pappy said...

I'm wondering why I passed these Dell monster books up when they came out. I saw them on the stands but skipped them. I might have been disappointed they weren't the classic monster stories we saw in the movies. Now that you've posted them I see I missed something.

Turok1952 said...

That doofus had better listen to his dog!
That gal is poison!
Trini Lopez the singer was right!
"If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life..."
Irina would be even worse with his credit card! What a blood sucker!
"Delicious"? That'll grab a gal a date!
I can't wait for the rest.

Karswell said...

>What a gorgeous cover!

I agree... anyone know who painted this?

>LOVE THESE DELL MOVIE CLASSICS!

And how about that last nightmare page?

>thinking about posting the Classics Illustrated version of Frankenstein

I've had that one sitting in my "to post" stack for a long time too Prof. And yes, long is the word.

>"Revamping!" Thats awesome!

That one wrote itself!

>I might have been disappointed they weren't the classic monster stories we saw in the movies.

I actually think that's the one really good thing about these Dell Monster comics, that they went off and did their own take. This Dracula issue and The Creature are good examples of making it work, now The Wolfman issue I'm not so crazy about.

>I can't wait for the rest.

It's coming this weekend! And as usual thanks for the comments. The final two weeks of April are gonna be alot of fun, I swear on Irina's grave!

lostcause said...

i know that the lady maid might not be much of a looker, but calling her "MR. Barnes" is a little cold

Karswell said...

>calling her "MR. Barnes" is a little cold

Haha, good point LC! I'm surprised no one else has pointed that out yet here in the comments (including me!)

prof. grewbeard said...

i just noticed that Sir Basil Shawcross resembles Boris Karloff a bit!

Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: Congratulations on hitting 500 followers! Wow, that's really something! You do great work here post after post. -- Mykal

Paperback Horror said...

That cover is beautiful.

Viagra said...

sorry, can you tell me from where come this phrase, "If our former masters would have us kneel again, they shall feel our defiance slashed across their membranes" is from a vampire book I know, but I can't remember from where exactly.

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