Monday, May 2, 2016

Dracula Lives #2 - Neal Adams, Jim Starlin art

Dracula Lives v1 #2, 1973 - Neal Adams illustrates a modern day retelling of Dracula's origin as a Transylvanian prince. Even in black and white, the artist excels in both visual storytelling and draftsmanship (see interior page below). The tale opens with an exceptional splash of the vampire, his mouth agape, displaying his fangs. His dark cape billows open to reveal himself in scene from the past, leading a cavalry charge to battle. The magazine's printing used red as a secondary color on certain panels. Two fall upon Adams' pages, but neither adds nor detracts from the already stunning artwork (this was later reprinted in Dracula Lives annual #1). By contrast, Jim Starlin's drawings are poorly executed, even with the dependable inks of Syd Shores. Other artists in this issue include Gene Colan, Dick Giordano, Fred Kida, Joe Sinnott and Jordi Penalva (cover). This is number 1 of 3 Dracula Lives issues with Adams art and/or covers and 1 of 1 Dracula Lives issues with Starlin art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Adams, Starlin or Dracula Lives issues. See also this blog's Adams checklistTop 10 Adams comicsStarlin checklist or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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"That Dracula May Live Again!" Adams story pencils and inks 13 pages (black and white) = *****
"The Terror That Stalked Castle Dracula" Starlin story pencils (Syd Shores inks) 11 pages (black and white) = *
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Neal Adams
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More Adams posts:
Spectre #2
Weird Western #12
Art of Neal Adams #2

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