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Here is my list of the Top Thirteen Depictions of Vampires in Comics:
(This list will include entries from Comic Books, Manga, and Graphic Novels)
13. Vampire Guardian Angels
Lia Scott Price’s Vampire Guardian Angels (TM) is a creator-owned comic book series written and created by Horror Author Lia Scott Price, based on her Vampire Trilogy Novel “The Guardian, Revenant, and Dominion”, and drawn by Artist Andrew Setter, with Colorist/Letterer Chad Hammontree. In the series, guardian angels from Heaven have become vampires who kill people who pray for help to them, and both humans and “good” angels have to work to stop them.
I…Vampire was created by writer J. M. DeMatteis. The series followed vampire Lord Andrew Bennett as he tries to stop a vampire he created, Mary Queen of Blood, and her group of evil vampires, The Blood Red Moon, from taking over the world.
11. Sea of Red
Sea of Red was written by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer and drawn by Salgood Sam and Paul Harmon. The series followed 16th century vampire pirates.
Preacher was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon with painted covers by Glenn Fabry. The series follows Jesse Custer, a preacher who is possessed by a supernatural entity called Genesis, along with his former girlfriend Tulip O’Hare, and Cassidy, his alcoholic vampire friend.
9. Vampire Hunter D
Vampire Hunter D was written by Hideyuki Kikuchi and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano. The series follows D, a dhampir, as she wanders through an apocalyptic nuclear wasteland hunting vampires.
8. Morbius The Living Vampire
Morbius the Living Vampire was created by writer Roy Thomas and originally designed by Gil Kane. The series follows a scientist named Dr. Michael Morbius, who gained vampire abilities after a scientific experiment. He originally appeared as an adversary of Spider-Man, but went on to become a hero himself.
Baltimore was created by Mike Mignola and Christopher Goldenhe series follows the story of Lord Baltimore’s hunt of the vampire Haigus, as told by his three friends.
6. The Strain
The Strain is a vampire horror novel by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Their trilogy of books was adapted into a comic book by writer David Lapham and artist Mike Huddleston. It follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and a small band of survivors as they attempt to stop a vampiric virus from spreading.
5. American Vampire
American Vampire is an Eisner Award winning comic book series created by writer Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque. The first five issues featured two stories, one by Snyder, and the other by Stephen King. Starting with the sixth issue, Scott Snyder took over as the sole writer. The series follows an American bloodline of vampires in the late 19th century.
4. 30 Days of Night
30 Days of Night is a horror comic book mini-series written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ben Templesmith. The story is set in the town of Barrow, Alaska. This isolated town is so far north that during the winter the sun does not rise for thirty days. The series follows a group of vampires that take advantage of that fact and feed on the townspeople.
3. Tomb of Dracula
The Tomb of Dracula was a horror comic book series published by Marvel Comics from April 1972 to August 1979. The series followed a group of vampire hunters who fought Dracula and other supernatural creatures. In 1971, the Comics Code Authority had changed some of it’s rules concerning horror comics, including the ban on vampires. Marvel then opted to publish a comic featuring Dracula due to the fact that he was the most famous vampire, but also mostly because Bram Stoker’s character had just become a part of public domain at about that time. The vampire hunter known as Blade debuted in this series.
Blade was created by writer Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan. His first appearance was in The Tomb of Dracula #10 as a supporting character. Eric Brooks, AKA Blade, was born after his mother was fed upon by a vampire during his birth, which resulted in his mother’s death. This resulted in Blade being born half human and half vampire with all the vampiric abilities and an immunity to their weaknesses, including the effects of sunlight. His comics follow him on his quest to hunt vampires and avenge his mother’s death.
Vampirella was created by Forrest J. Ackerman and costume designer Trina Robbins. Writer and editor Archie Goodwin later further developed the character by taking her from just a horror story hostess to a vampire super-heroine. Vampirella’s original origin story was that she was of a vampiric race from the planet Drakulon, and she came to the Earth in a spaceship. In later versions, she learns she is the daughter of Lilith, and that she was brainwashed into believing she was from another planet, because Drakulon is actually a place in Hell. Her comics follow her as she decides to only feed on those who are evil and vows to eliminate the evil vampires on Earth.
I hope you enjoyed reading over my list! Do you agree with my picks and/or their orders? Was there one you think I missed? Comments? Questions? Let me know what you think! You can find me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dcworlddeadman .