Vampire Tales

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Vampire Tales
Vampire Tales #1 (Aug. 1973). Painted cover by Esteban Maroto.
Publication information
PublisherMagazine Management
Publication date1973 - June 1975
No. of issues11, plus 1 annual publication
Creative team
Written byDon McGregor, Doug Moench, Marv Wolfman, Roy Thomas, Ron Goulart, Tony Isabella
Artist(s)Pablo Marcos, Rich Buckler, Tom Sutton, Mike Vosburg, Sonny Trinidad, Tony DeZuniga, John Romita Sr., Carlos Garzon, Win Mortimer, Vicente Alcazar, Esteban Maroto

Vampire Tales was an American black-and-white horror comics magazine published by Magazine Management, a corporate sibling of Marvel Comics. The series ran 11 issues and one annual publication from 1973 to 1975, and featuring vampires as both protagonists and antagonists.

A magazine rather than a comic book, it did not fall under the purview of the comics industry's self-censorship Comics Code Authority, allowing the title to feature stronger content — such as moderate profanity, partial nudity, and more graphic violence — than color comics of the time, featuring Dracula stories.

Publishing history[edit]

Vampire Tales ran 11 issues cover-dated 1973 to June 1975. With sister titles including Dracula Lives, Monsters Unleashed and Tales of the Zombie, it was published by Marvel Comics' parent company, Magazine Management, and related corporations, under the brand emblem Marvel Monster Group. Published b-monthly, the magazine cost 75 cents.[1][2]

The magazine starred Morbius the Living Vampire, in a feature written primarily by Don McGregor, with pencilers including Pablo Marcos, Rich Buckler, Tom Sutton, and Mike Vosburg, and later by writer Doug Moench, with artist Sonny Trinidad. The vampire hunter Blade starred in two stories by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Tony DeZuniga, in issues #8-9 (Dec. 1974 - Feb. 1975). Steve Gerber contributed a Morbius story to issue #1 (Aug. 1973) and a story starring Lilith, Dracula's daughter, to issue #6 (Aug. 1974).

Issue #2 (Oct. 1973) introduced Satana, the Devil's Daughter, in a four-page teaser by writer-editor Roy Thomas and artist John Romita Sr.; and detective Hodiah Twist and his assistant Conrad Jeavons, created by Don McGregor and penciler Carlos Garzon.

Writer Ron Goulart and Roy Thomas and artist Win Mortimer adapted the vampire short story "The Vampyre", by John Polidori, in issue #1. Other adaptations included writer Don McGregor and artist Vicente Alcazar's "Bat's Belfry" in issue #3 (Oct. 1973) and writer Tony Isabella and artist Esteban Maroto's "The Drifting Snow" in issue #4 (April 1974), both from August Derleth short stories.

Stories reprinted from Marvel's 1950s predecessor Atlas Comics included pre-Comics Code Authority work by such artists as Bill Everett and Carmine Infantino. Other reprints included writer-artist Jim Steranko's "At the Stroke of Midnight" from Tower of Shadows #1 (Sept. 1969) and the 11-page Morbius origin sequence from The Amazing Spider-Man (Nov. 1871).

An annual publication was published in 1975, reprinting stories from the magazine.[3]

Marvel Preview #3 (Sept. 1975) contained the Blade story that would have been in Vampire Tales issue #12 (as originally announced at the end of issue #11 (June 1975)) had that title not been cancelled.

Collected editions[edit]

  • Blade: Black and White (collects Blade stories from Vampire Tales #8-9)
  • Vampire Tales Vol. 1 (collects Vampire Tales #1-3)
  • Vampire Tales Vol. 2 (collectsVampire Tales #4-7)
  • Vampire Tales Vol. 3 (collectsVampire Tales #8-11)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vampire Tales at the Grand Comics Database.
  2. ^ Marvel Monster Group (brand emblem) at the Grand Comics Database.
  3. ^ Vamire Tales Annual at the Grand Comics Database.

External links[edit]

  • Vampire Tales at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators