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Legendary Comics is adding an absolute legend to its roster. In partnership with the Lugosi Estate and Kerry Gammill, the publisher has announced Bram Stoker's Dracula, a new graphic novel featuring the one and only Bela Lugosi as the signature vampire. Illustrated by El Garing, the comic is set in the late 19th century when Dracula moves to England from Transylvania to find fresh blood and spread his evil contagion. It's here he meets two women, Lucy and Mina, who become the targets of his obsession. Professor Van Helsing, aided by a group of brave men, arrives on the scene to take on Dracula in a battle between good and evil.

“There have been great Dracula graphic novels, but to unite Bram Stoker’s novel in a faithful adaptation with the definitive Dracula in the form of screen icon Bela Lugosi is a dream come true,” said Robert Napton, Senior Vice President of Legendary Comics. “I am grateful to the Lugosi Estate, artist El Garing and art director Kerry Gammill for bringing their passion to this project.”
“On behalf of the Lugosi Family, I want to thank Legendary Comics, especially Robert Napton, as well as artists El Garing and Kerry Gammill, for honoring my father with a stunning graphic novel that features Bela Lugosi as Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” said Bela G. Lugosi.

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“Bela Lugosi created his unique portrayal of Count Dracula on the Broadway stage and has become a cultural icon for his performance in the 1931 film,” said Lynne Lugosi Sparks. “This graphic novel beautifully answers the question: What would Lugosi’s performance look like in a direct interpretation of Bram Stoker’s novel? We believe Legendary Comics has proven what fans already know—Bela Lugosi is Dracula.”
“It is a great honor to handle this epic project and working with Robert Napton and Kerry Gammlil has been an amazing experience,” said illustrator El Garing. “Bela Lugosi is the best Dracula and bringing him back to the character he defined through the artwork has been a thrill.”
“It is very exciting to work closely with such a talented creative team on this graphic novel that places Bela Lugosi, the most iconic screen Dracula, into a direct adaptation of Bram Stoker‘s original novel,” said Kerry Gammill. “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the Lugosi family for many years and I’ve worked on several projects with them, but this is the ultimate Lugosi project to me.”

I will admit that this is a fun idea, but it sounds like a bit of a novelty. The fact that there's an artist attached, but no writer yet reinforces that uneasy feeling. I'm sure more will be revealed in the near future. We have some time until this book comes out as it's not scheduled for release until late 2020.

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James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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