Tomb of Dracula (1972) - #27
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Gene Colan - 'Adam Austin'
Thomas 'Tom' Palmer Sr.
Linda Lessmann - 'Linda Lessmann Reinhold'
Thomas 'Tom' Palmer Sr.
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Cover Date: December 1974
Cover Price: US $0.25
Issue Tagline: A City in Flames -- Beneath the Hand of a Vampire!
Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages
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Letters Column: Tomes to the Tomb!
The mute vampire hunter known as Taj has returned to his home in India but not willingly. His estranged wife has summoned him home where their son has lived in restraints ever since his transformation into a vampire. Bound with garlic and kept alive with blood donations from the local villagers, Taj's son is an undead memorial to the vampire attack that crippled Taj' wife and left him speechless. Taj's wife tells him that the villagers are growing more concerned about their son escaping and the village has decided to destroy him before he escapes and attacks his neighbors. Taj looks on his son with revulsion as his wife pleads with him to save his child.
Outside of London, Dracula and his two companions Sheila Whitier and David Eschol are the prisoners of an unknown opponent who his used them to lead him to a powerful artifact known as the Chimera. A lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail-these are the three components that when united form the powerful magical artifact known as the Chimera. Each desires the Chimera for their own reasons-Dracula for power, David for revenge on his father's murderers, and Sheila for reasons known only to her. The Chimera's power is used to show the deepest fears of each captive. The Chimera's power is demonstrated as an Asian woman Mae Li ( a servant of the mysterious enemy who has captured Dracula) uses it to manipulate Sheila's emotions and turns her love for David into hate. Then it summons a vision of David's dead father who tortures him by telling him that his faith is a lie. Sheila is caught in an illusion where Dracula reveals his love to Sheila only to be revealed as a corpse. Then Dracula finds himself attacked by some of his most hated foes-Quincy Harker and the Drac Pack. Dracula sees through the illusion and fights the power of the Chimera, freeing himself from captivity and seizing the Chimera. Mae Li takes Sheila hostage, holding her at knifepoint and offering her life in exchange for the Chimera. Dracula refuses her demands and instead hypnotizes her. Dracula then orders her to kill herself and laughs as she plunges a knife into her own heart.
The Chimera is now Dracula's. He tells Sheila that it is time to leave but first he must eliminate David Eschol. To Dracula's surprise, she grabs the Chimera from him and shatters it against the wall. Dracula watches on in complete disbelief as Sheila rebukes him. Dracula commands her to his side but she refuses, telling him that she is not his servant. She thought she loved Dracula but she has finally seen through him and realizes what he truly is. The Chimera is far too powerful for Dracula or even David Eschol. Sheila abandons Dracula, leaving with her new lover David.
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