DOCTOR STRANGE #57-62 (1983): Strange kills Dracula

The world figures out that Clea is gone, so everyone and their brother wants to be the new disciple to the sorceror supreme.  Except for Dr. Doom.  The above crosses over with Fantastic Four #258, where we see this:

Isn’t that cool?  It’s not “important” or anything, but it’s cool.

This story also has the first appearance of Jimaine Szardos, a mystic woman who will later be revealed as Amanda Sefton.

She’s one of the ones vying for Clea’s abandoned disciple title. Among others…

but the real story here is Dracula. Hannibal King arrives at Strange’s house, advising that Drac looking for the Book of Darkhold, which has the power to destroy all vampires.

Strange banishes the book to Baron Mordo’s house, to protect it.

And so Dr. Strange fights Dracula, in a story that also touched on in issues of Thor and The Avengers.

It offers the opportunity to have a bunch of cameos and guest stars, which always helped pump sales in the 1980s. 

Along the way, Dracula sends an army of rats to assault The Avengers Mansion.  Lots of people storm the mansion, but this is the only rat attack I know of. Only Captain Marvel and Scarlet Witch are home, but they’re actually two characters who are well suited for a Dr. Strange team -up.

Look at how beautiful that Dan Green cover is!  It was one of the ones I hung on my wall, I liked it so much.

There’s a cult of Drac-followers, which is an interesting idea, and the world’s leading vampire is a pretty good choice for  Strange villain.  I could do without there being a mystic “book” called The Darkhold that Strange and Drac are fighting over, but I guess it’s as good a device as any to move the plot along.  The idea is that the book holds the secret to destroying all vampires on Earth–The Montesi Formula.  So Strange is engaging in a sort of ethnic cleansing.  And he’s successful.

Technically, Drac is a human who became a monster, so this is an example of a superhero killing someone. Hence, the tag below.

There’s a cult of Drac-followers, which is an interesting idea, and the world’s leading vampire is a pretty good choice for  Strange villain.  I could do without there being a mystic “book” called The Darkhold that Strange and Drac are fighting over, but I guess it’s as good a device as any to move the plot along.  The idea is that the book holds the secret to destroying all vampires on Earth–The Montesi Formula.  So Strange is engaging in a sort of ethnic cleansing.  And he’s successful.

Except, of course, we all know that vampires and Dracula eventually come back.

Blade is one of the guest stars.  Nice!  Especially since once the vamps are gone, there’s really no point to his character.

Overall, a very cool story. 


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