Monday, October 22, 2012
31 Days of Dracula | Vlad the Impaler (1993)
A direct result of the '92 film, Dracula: Vlad the Impaler was a three-issue mini-series published by Topps (who also published the comics adaptation of the film by Roy Thomas and Mike Mignola). Since the film spent some time on how Dracula became a vampire, Topps thought it would be cool to dig deeper into that story. And it was.
Vlad the Impaler was also written by Roy Thomas, but was drawn by Esteban Maroto (Red Sonja, Vampirella). It was a pretty faithful telling of the story of the historical Vlad Ţepeș, embellished to include insights into Vlad's motivations and his transformation into vampire at the end. It's been a long time since I've read it, but my memory is that is that it's quite good and an excellent bridge between the historical Vlad and the fictional Dracula.