Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dracula Lives #3 - Neal Adams art & cover


Dracula Lives magazine v1 #3, 1973 - Dracula stands poised atop an old castle, holding his victim securely and possessively. Lightning dramatically crackles in the darkening skies, illuminating not only the vampire, but the torch-bearing mob behind him. Neal Adams adds painterly washes to a conventionally drawn foundation, increasing depth and dimension. The beautifully painted storm clouds in the background elevate the mood to dramatic heights. This is Adams' only Dracula Lives cover, arguably the best of the entire run. Though uncredited, the artist is also one of several contributing inkers in a Solomon Kane story. The Crusty Bunkers were a loose-knit group of artists (including Adams) that combined their efforts during the bronze age. While difficult to pinpoint who did what, it is evident that Adams did most of the figures and faces. Combined with Al Weiss' formidable pencils, the final black and white illustrations are exemplary. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema, Alfonso Font, Syd Shores and C.A. Winter (reprint). This is number 2 of 3 Dracula Lives issues with Adams art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Adams or Dracula Lives issues. See also this blog's Adams checklist or Top 10 Adams comics.
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Adams painted cover, pencils and inks = ***
"Castle of the Undead"
Adams partial story inks (Al Weiss pencils) 12 pages = ***
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