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Victorian Gothic

Set Type: Bram Stoker's Dracula
Owner: Brandon Shepherd
Last Modified: 2/18/2018
Views: 238

Rank: 1
Score: 96
Leading by: 48
Points to Higher Rank: N/A

Set Description:

I was a boy all of 10 in November, 1992 when Bram Stoker's Dracula was released in cinemas. I remember the film's influence well, and it's praise for costumes and makeup effects. I also remember the Simpson's Halloween Special: Treehouse of Horror IV, featuring the parady "Bart Simpson's Dracula." This was a time in my life when films like Terminator 2, Batman Returns and Jurassic Park captured my imagination and influenced my journey toward comic book collecting.

My fascination with the film began during a visit home from my older brother, a college student at the time of the film's release. My brother had a newly released VHS, Bram Stoker's Dracula! This was 1993; I was 11 years old and curious. My brother and I sat down for a late night viewing where I became mesmerized by the striking visuals of the film's opening scene.

I recall vividly laughing out loud in shock at the sight of Prince Dracula impaling a Turk, screaming in pain. The carriage scene at the Borgo Pass with the mysterious coach driver, draped in the armor of the armadillo, reaching out in a length that should be physically impossible, to transport Jonathan Harker to castle Dracula also impressed my young imagination. Other elements of the film struck me such as the decaying castle and the shadows of Dracula that never matched the actual movements of D himself.

Unfortunately, I would not get to finish the film as an 11 year-old. Not long after a scene featuring Dracula's attractive and barley clad brides, (another element of the film that really impressed my imagination!) my father appeared, upon his discovery of what we were watching, he decreed that such a film was inappropriate for me, thus ceasing my viewing pleasure.

I would later watch an edited version on network television, with a scene of Dracula's brides much more different than I remembered on the VHS. Years later I came across a VHS copy for myself and finally saw the film in all of its unedited glory. This film captured my older brother's imagination, his enthusiasm infected me, we have both read the 1897 novel, owned the film on various formats from VHS, DVD, and probably Blu-ray or 4k HD - too many formats! My brother and I still share this enthusiasm for the Dracula lore.

I would go on to learn about the production of the film and it's unique visual style as a result of naive, in-camera tricks perfected by the early magicians of golden age cinema. I've read about Vlad Tepes, a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Dracula, the prince of Wallachia, the historical influence for the character imagined by author Bram Stoker. I've also read In Search of Dracula: A True History of Dracula and Vampire Legends by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu.

I would love to complete this set in 9.8, which will be quite the challenge. I anticipate a nightmare in trying to search out these copies raw, the back covers tend to be affected by the lines from the bag and the attrition of the trading cards included.

Artist Mike Mignola has a unique style that fits perfectly for this adaptation, the writing of Roy Thomas, a Dracula enthusiast himself, is also appropriate. Aside from coveting issues 2 - 4 of this set in 9.8, the second print of #1 in 9.8 may turn into a grail quest. There is also a beautiful TPB with a Mignola cover and embossed title logo that appears to be hard to find in any decent shape - now to have that in 9.8!
comic_category_sm Set Type

Slot DescriptionCert #GradeScore
Bram Stoker's Dracula 1 1230933011 9.832 Shop eBay
Bram Stoker's Dracula 1 Red Foil Edition 1233793017 9.864 Shop eBay
Bram Stoker's Dracula 1 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Bram Stoker's Dracula 2 No Comic    Shop eBay
Bram Stoker's Dracula 3 No Comic    Shop eBay
Bram Stoker's Dracula 4 No Comic    Shop eBay

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