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Paul Beare

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Paul Beare was a superstitious satanist who used his money and influence to have his perfect gravesite picked out according to his astrology. The only problem was that it was occupied by one Duncan Corley. This was no problem to Beare, and he had Corley moved to another gravesite and was buried where he wanted.

The act of moving Corley's skeleton somehow reanimated it with the sole purpose of returning to his final resting place. Corley first removed Beare's dead body and placed it in his home with a note to not bury him again. He then went to Beare's attorney's office to steal the papers that legally granted Beare the right to his final resting place. This was interrupted by secretary Helen Cantler, whom Corley promptly murdered... mostly out of fright.

Corley returned to his resting place only to be dug up by a pair of grave robbers, whom Corley also murdered. From there, Corley appeared to Paul's wife Theresa. Apparently, to add insult to injury, Paul had a necklace made for his wife from Corley's tombstone. Corley, in regaining the necklace and the small bit of his tombstone, murdered Henry Bonney as he tried to protect Theresa Beare.

Trying to return to his final resting place once more, Corley came into conflict with Dracula and the two battled. Dracula, trying to figure out the mystery of a walking Skeleton, was led to Paul's house, where he found his dead rotting corpse with the note attached to it that Corley had left. Trying to rebury Paul, Dracula once again fought Corley before Inspector Chelm of Scotland Yard, who had been witness to all the happenings of the night, figured it out and intervened, allowing Corley to be reburied in his rightful spot.

It's assumed the body of Paul Beare was simply buried somewhere else.

Paul Beare was never seen alive in any issue. During his only appearance in Tomb of Dracula #16, it's as a rotting corpse.

First Appearance: Tomb of Dracula (1972) #16

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