Adventure into Fear with The Man Called Morbius, The Living Vampire #28-31 (1975)

The great thing about this book is you really have no idea what’s going to happen after you open the cover.  The bad thing is…Don Heck.

Vampire hunter Stroud learns from the police that the house Morbius is staying in is haunted.  Morbius learns its haunted when he’s attacked by a creature made of eyes who goes by the name Hell-Eyes.  Hell-Eyes transports Morbius into another dimension and eventually Stroud joins him.  Then halfway through the story Bill Mantlo comes about to bring the book to closure (he knew the series was going to be cancelled when he came on board).

Yeah, in the early 1970s if you saw Bill Mantlo’s name in the credits, you knew it was either a series-ender or a fill-in. It’s too bad because this book showed a surprising amount of potential, and Mantlo is a good writer.  The series goes out with an all-out vampire battle, with vampire hunter Stroud and Morbius fighting side by side.

Then, at the very end, Morbius’ bloodlust has him turn on his longtime love, Martine.

He bites her and she ends up in the hospital, which for her is the last straw.  She dumps him, and Morbius flies away while Stroud stays behind with Martine.

Yes, Stroud gets his girl in the end.

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