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Tomb of Dracula (1972) - #42
"A Final Battle Waged!"
Marvel


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  Writer(s):
Marv Wolfman

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Gene Colan - 'Adam Austin'

Inker(s):
Thomas 'Tom' Palmer Sr.

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Thomas 'Tom' Palmer Sr.

Letterer(s):
John Costanza

Editor(s):
Marv Wolfman

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Gene Colan - 'Adam Austin'
Dan Crespi
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Cover Date: March 1976
Cover Price: US $ 0.25

Issue Tagline: Blade & Dracula to the Death, Against Doctor Sun!

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages

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Letters Column: Tomes to the Tomb!

Synopsis:
Dracula and Blade have joined forces destroy the evil Doctor Sun, who has taken control of a military unit with hypnotic powers he stole from the vampire lord. As they fight through the soldiers that defend Sun, they are unaware that the vampire whom Blade has been hunting is secretly watching their confrontation. As the battle rages on, Doctor Sun opens a trap door under Blade's feet sending him falling into a pit of spikes, however Blade manages to stop his fall by bracing himself against the pits walls. However, this proves to be a short lived solution as his hands are skinned against the concrete and the forming blood is causing him to slip toward the spikes. Dracula finally makes his way to Doctor Sun and the two prepare for their final battle. While back at Harold H. Harold's apartment, Frank Drake believes that they have waited too long for the battle to end and decides that they should take a more active role in the battle. All agree to join him except for the cowardly Harold, who is once more guilted into tagging along by Aurora, and Quincy who stays behind. While back in the pit, Blade manages to brace himself with his feet, preventing his slow descent toward the spikes and begins working his way out of the trap. Dracula meanwhile, is battling Dr. Sun: Sun is using his powerful mind bolts to try and force Dracula to assume his mist form, however Dracula resists the transformation. As Frank Drake and the others sneak into Sun's hideout, Blade makes it out of the deathtrap that almost kills him. He is confronted by a bunch of enslaved military soldiers, and as he fights them he notices the vampire who killed his mother watching them. Distracted by this, he is knocked out when one of the soldiers strikes Blade with the butt of his rifle.
Back in Doctor Sun's chambers, Dracula manages to fight off the forced transformation into mist, and Sun attempts another means of destroying Dracula: light beams in the shape of crosses. Dracula manages to fight this off by asking for aid from the dark gods and is able to fight off Doctor Sun's attack and advance on his foe, threatening that he will be destroyed once and for all. As Dracula reabsorbs the power that Sun had stolen from him, Blade revives to see the soldiers slowly become free of Dr. Sun's control and also notes that the vampire he saw earlier is gone. While down below, Frank Drake and the others arrive to witness Sun's machines explode. When the smoke clears they see Sun's brain, blown clear from it's protective casing on the ground. Dracula appears and reveals that he is still alive and that he is now back at his full strength, having regained the powers that Sun had stolen from him. Blade suddenly enters, distracting Dracula and Frank points out that Sun needs to be finished off. When Harold approaches Dr. Sun's brain wondering how a disembodied brain can still be a threat, he is pulled away by Dracula just in time to stop Sun from killing him with a mind bolt. The bolt strikes Sun's machines causing another explosion, the flames of which consume Dr. Sun's brain, seemingly killing him. With Doctor Sun seemingly killed Rachel van Helsing wonders if he has indeed been destroyed for good and who exactly Sun was and what were his motives. Blade interrupts by making demands to Dracula: Help him find the vampire who killed his mother, or die by his hands.

by Nick Peron

Reprinted/Collected in:
Essential The Tomb of Dracula (2005) TPB vol. 02
Le tombeau de Dracula (1973) #42
Tomb of Dracula (1972) HC Omnibus vol. 02

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