Rachel Van Helsing (Marvel)
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Van Helsing has no super human powers. However, she is an excellent fighter and trained in the arts of many different kinds of weapons. She is also trained parapyschologist, knowledgeable in the occult, particularly in the area of vampirism. She had also observed Dracula for many years and had developed a keen awareness of his psychological profile
Rachel Van Helsing is the grand-daughter of vampire Abraham Van Helsing (as described in Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula"). Rachel was raised by vampire hunter Quincy Harker after Dracula murdered her parents in front of her, an event that no doubt traumatized the young girl. On her 16th birthday, she was confronted by Dracula who used his hypnotic powers in an attempt to turn her. Fortunately, Quincy Harker saved her from the vampire lord but Rachel never forgot the encounter and the effects of Dracula's powerful will. These two encounters no doubt contributed to her study of parapsychology, a field she excelled in.
Rachel Van Helsing battled Dracula and his legions for many years and was one of his most persistent foes. She traveled around the world as she hunted down Dracula. During one of her sojourns abroad, she saved an Indian man named Taj from Dracula and his legions. Taj joined her for a time and acted as her protector as he aided her in her fight against Dracula.
Through the years, Van Helsing had developed a fierce hatred of Dracula which was constantly threatening to consume her. Fortunately for her, she met Frank Drake, a descendant of Dracula's who was ready to kill himself after Dracula turned his girlfriend. She saved Drake's life and he soon joined her in her fight against Dracula. It wasn't long before she fell in love with Drake and this passionate relationship helped her maintain her humanity as she was subjected to the tragedy and sorrow that Dracula left in his path.
Rachel was a loyal aide to Quincy Harker as well as a good friend. She helped support Harker in his most trying moments, including the death of his daughter Edith at Dracula's hands. It was this loyalty and friendship that saved Van Helsing's life after she had been abducted by three of Dracula's minions. Harker had to choose between killing Dracula and allowing Van Helsing to be freed. He chose Van Helsing over her protests and allowed Dracula to escape.
Many years passed as Van Helsing watched her mentor and friend growing older and closer to death. As time passed, Van Helsing found herself growing colder and colder as her relationship with Frank Drake seemed to be crumbling before her eyes. Drake had changed from an uncertain man to someone was self-confident, perhaps to the point of arrogance. Van Helsing began distancing herself from Drake as well as Harker, a fact that Harker was all too aware of.
Rachel's emotional descent was finally halted after the death of Harker. Harker had managed to kill Dracula but before he left, he had prepared a letter for Van Helsing. In the letter, he warned Van Helsing not to lose her humanity as he had after battling Dracula for so many years. Rachel realized that Harker was right and she vowed to hang on to her humanity. Perhaps her greatest battle was won when she opened up to Frank Drake and allowed herself to grieve at Harker's death.
First Appearance: Tomb of Dracula (1972) #3
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Book and Record Set (45 rpm) (1974)
PR15 Die Spinne Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
- 'Dracula: Terror in the Snow!'
#18 Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
- 'Die Augen des Zauberers'
#9 Giant-Size Chillers Featuring Curse of Dracula (1974)
- 'That Was Then... This is Now'
#1 Le tombeau de Dracula (1973)
- 'Night of the She-Demon'
#3 Nova (1976)
- 'Au travers d`un miroir malefique!'#4
- 'Qui pourchasse le vampire?'#5
- 'Mort a un tueur de vampires!'#6
- 'Le monstre des marais!'#7
- 'La nuit des pieges de mort!'#8
- 'Les reptiles de l`enfer!'#11
- 'La nuit de la maison en clameur!'#13
- 'On tue un vampire!'#14
- 'Dracula est mort!'#17
- 'La mort prend le train!'#19
- 'Enneiges dans l`enfer!'#20
- 'L`arrivee de Dr Sun'#21
- 'Le glas de la mort'#22
- 'La mort nous reunira!'#24
- 'Une nuit pour les vivants...Un matin pour les morts!'#27
- 'Feu de nuit!'#28
- 'La folie de l`esprit!'#29
- '«J`ai ma vengeance!» dit le vampire!'#31
- 'Dix Lords morts-vivants!'#32
- 'Et certains le traitent de...fou furieux!'#33
- 'Du sang sur mes mains!'#34
- 'Reglement de compte dans le sang!'#36
- 'Vol d`epouvante!'#37
- 'Le vampire s`en vient! Le vampire s`en vient!'#38
- 'Alerte au sang!'#39
- 'La mort de Dracula!'#40
- 'Cauchemars d`un mort-vivant!'#41
- 'On livre une derniere bataille!'#43
- 'Paul Butterworth, l`explorateur de la nuit!'#46
- 'Feux croises!'#47/48
- 'Patrimoine: La mort!'#55/56
- 'Requiem pour un vampire!'#57/58
- 'L`homme de toujours!'#59/60
- 'Le dernier traitre!'#61/62
- 'Le chemin de l`enfer!'#65/66
- 'Ou aucun vampire n`est alle auparavant!'#67/68
- 'Des ailes de chauves-souries sur la Transylvanie'#71/72
- 'Les seigneurs des morts-vivants'
#23 Silver Surfer vs. Dracula (1994)
- 'From The Dregs Of Defeat!'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#14 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Book of the Dead and Inactive 2 : Marvel Boy to Zuras'#14 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Book of the Dead and Inactive 2 : Marvel Boy to Zuras'
#20 The Tomb of Dracula Magazine (1979)
- 'Book of the Dead (Stick to Zuras)'
The Uncanny X-Men (2004)
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- 'Love and Madness'TPB
- 'Legacy of the Lost'
#3 Tomb of Dracula (1991)
- 'Who Stalks the Vampire?'#4
- 'Through a Mirror Darkly!'#5
- 'Death to a Vampire-Slayer!'#6
- 'The Moorlands Monster!'#7
- 'Night of the Death Stalkers!'#8
- 'The Hell-Crawlers'#9
- 'Death from the Sea!'#11
- 'The Voodoo-Man!'#12
- 'Night of the Screaming House!'#13
- 'To Kill A Vampire!'#14
- 'Dracula is Dead!'#16
- 'Return from the Grave!'#17
- 'Death Rides the Rails!'#18
- 'Enter: Werewolf By Night'#19
- 'Snowbound in Hell!'#20
- 'The Coming of Doctor Sun'#21
- '-- In Death Do We Join!'#24
- 'A Night for the Living...A Morning for the Dead!'#27
- '"Vengeance is Mine!" Sayeth the Vampire!'#31
- 'Ten Lords a Dying!'#32
- 'And Some Call Him... Madness!'#33
- 'Blood on My Hands!'#34
- 'Showdown of Blood!'#36
- 'Flight of Fear!'#37
- 'The Vampire is Coming! The Vampire is Coming!'#38
- 'The Death of Dracula!'#40
- 'Nightmare of a Living Deadman!'#41
- 'A Final Battle Waged!'#43
- 'Paul Butterworth -- The Night-Staker!'#45
- 'Birthrite: Death!'#48
- 'A Song For Marianne!'#49
- '...And With the Word There Shall Come Death!'#50
- 'Where Soars the Silver Surfer!'#51
- 'The Wildest Party'#52
- 'Demons in the Mind!'#53
- 'The Final Glory of Deacon Frost'#54
- ''Twas the Night Before Christmas'#55
- 'Requiem For a Vampire!'#57
- 'The Forever Man!'#58
- 'Undead by Daylight!'#59
- 'The Last Traitor!'#60
- 'The Wrath of Dracula!'#61
- 'What Lurks Beneath Satan's Hill?'#63
- 'The Road to Hell!'#64
- 'Life After Undeath'#65
- 'Where No Vampire Has Gone Before!'#66
- 'Showdown in Greenwich Village!'#67
- 'At Long Last -- Lilith!'#68
- 'The Return to... Transylvania!'#69
- 'Batwings Over Transylvania!'#70
- 'Lords of the Undead!'
#1 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Book 1: Day of Blood! Night of Redemption!'#2
- 'Book 2: Day of Blood! Night of Redemption!'#3
- 'Book 3: Day of Blood! Night of Redemption!'
Vampires: The Marvel Undead (2011)
Werewolf by Night (1972)
#15 Wolverine Saga (1989)
- 'Death of a Monster!'
- 'Book Three: The Man Reborn'
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