Vampire Tales #6 is dated August, 1974 and features a striking portrait cover of Lilith, Dracula's Daughter by Boris Vallejo. This is one of his best compositions, but the figure of Lilith is pretty memorable.
Lilith had been introduced in Giant-Size Chillers #1 one of Marvel's earliest forays into that format which was a mere thirty-five cents. In a story which is fully within Dracula's continuity by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan (with Frank Chiramonte inks) this story introduces us to Angel the abused daughter of an Irish brute who in a fit of rage kills her lover and attempts to beat her when the essence of Lilith rises from the grave and inhabits the poor girls form giving Dracula's daughter new life. It turns out Lilith is the pre-vampire daughter of Vlad Dracula by his first wife who killed herself when he rejected them both. Lilith is then transformed into a vampire by way of a gypsy spell and so is not quite the same as her estranged undead father.
In the story by Marv Wolfman with art by Bob Brown and Tom Palmer in Vampire Tales we meet her after she has migrated to New York City and we find her once again assuming the role of Angel to meet and seduce a man named Alan Gold who has himself just lost his fiance to a malicious axe murderer. The axe murderer returns to menace Angel and Lilith appears and takes care of the threat.
"A Novel Way to Die" by Chris Claremont is the fifth and final part of his long-running review and summary of The Vampire: His Kith and Kin by Montague Summers. This time the focus is on fictional vampires specifically Polidori's The Vampyre and the most famous of all Bram Stoker's Dracula which Claremont seems to have limited regard for save for the initial chapters comprised of Harker's famous journal. I cannot agree with this assessment, but it's surprising given the focus on vampires this magazine reasonably has that the iconic novel is held such limited esteem. The adaptation by Roy Thomas and Dick Giordano (which wouldn't be finished for many years to come) is suggested as a good way to access the story.
"Angie's Soul" by Claremont and the artist Balcells is a grim tough modern story of a vampire who is cleaning up the mean streets of New York City and with some grudging support from the local populace. This story had a glimmer of the magic of The Night Stalker in it, and I don't know if that was intentional or not.
"Blood Death" with shimmering artwork by Alfredo Alcala is a splendid little horror opus about a disgruntled husband who seeks out a vampire to help him cheat death and his spouse. That it doesn't go as planned will not be a surprise to most readers.
"Dark Shadows" by Gerry Boudreau takes a long look at the very popular daytime soap opera which made Barnabas Collins one of the most famous pop culture icons of the time. How that show rose to fame and then went away is detailed.
"The Color of Crimson Gold" by Doug Moench and Vincente Alcazar is a period piece about a vampires in a deep cavern and the deal they make with a avaricious human to deliver them their necessary repasts. A gypsy gets involved and ends up regretting it.
"Devil's Den" by Carla Joseph closes the magazine with info on movies such as The Exorcist and Hammer's Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunters among other flicks. Books and even a college course are also reviewed briefly.
More to come next time.