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|First appearance||Dracula Lives! #2 (September 1973)|
Turac first appeared in Dracula Lives! #2 (September 1973).
The character subsequently appears in The Tomb of Dracula #15 (December 1973), and Giant-Size Dracula #3 (December 1974).
Turac appeared as part of the "Vampires" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #20.
Fictional character biography
Turac was a Turkish warlord in the 15th century, and an enemy of Dracula while he was still a mortal. In 1459, while leading a Turkish army to conquer Transylvania, he found Dracula, who had been wounded in battle. Turac took Dracula to a gypsy woman named Lianda to be healed. Lianda was actually a vampire and turned Dracula into a vampire as well. Dracula awoke to find himself Turac's prisoner, unaware of the transformation he had gone through. Turac had raped Dracula's wife Maria, who died while trying to flee Turac. Furious upon seeing Turac, Dracula broke free of his chains and slew Turac, who became a vampire like himself.[volume & issue needed]
Returning to his castle in Ankara, Turac slew his wife and son, though his daughter Elianne was not killed. Turac was finally captured, and destroyed by a stake driven through his heart.[volume & issue needed]
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