Thursday, February 21, 2013

Reading Room: DRACULA "Invasion"

A surreal sci-fi tale in a magazine called "Dracula"?
BTW, despite the magazine being called "Dracula", the legendary vampire never appears in any of the stories!
The tale, written by Esteban Maroto and illustrated by Jose M Bea was originally published in England in Dracula #5 (1972), a partworks magazine* by New English Library.
It made it's American debut in Warren Publishing's HTF Dracula TPB in 1972 which reprinted #1-#6 of the British Dracula's run.
It also appeared as the cover-featured story in Warren's Eerie #75 (1976), but the tale itself was reprinted in black and white!
Besides reprinting the Dracula title (and numerous other previously-published stories) by writers and artists of the Spain-based studio Selleciones Illustrada, Warren Publishing commissioned new material from many of the creators, including both Maroto and Bea!
*Partworks magazines are a limited series issued weekly, fortnightly, or monthly.
They usually run 12-24 issues for each volume.
When the final issue in a volume is published, the publishers offer a wraparound cover to make the complete set into a hardbound book. 
The buyer is offered the option to bind the magazines themselves or send the set to the publisher who professionally-binds the mags and sends the bound volume back to the customer.
This concept is extremely popular in Europe, but has never caught on in America, despite numerous attempts.

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