Again, coinciding with First Second Books’ Vampire Month, here’s the next in our alphabet of comic book vampires!
I…Vampire was a comic series that ran in the pages of House of Mystery, going from one of a number of short stories to becoming the star feature of the comic book.
Created by J.M. DeMatteis and drawn initially by the late great Tom Sutton, I…Vampire starred Andrew Bennett, an English Lord who, after being turned into a vampire in the late 16th Century, turned the great love of his life, Mary Bennett, into a vampire as well.
However, his gift of love did not turn out that well, as Mary was corrupted by her new vampiric powers, and soon became the head of a cult called the Blood of the Red Moon, and began plans to take over the world.
Bennett devoted the rest of his unnatural life to stopping his former love.
DeMatteis created a great figure in Bennett – a truly noble vampire (he, of course, would not drink from human flesh – choosing instead animal blood or bottles of human blood).
DeMatteis did not stay with the feature for that long, and Bruce Jones wrote the bulk of the series, I believe.
Sutton did most of the art on the comic, and it was a fun series to read.
Originally, it was just one of many features – heck, it did not even originally appear monthly, but that changed eventually…
And as you can see, soon, I…Vampire was the selling point of the title…
In fact, in between House of Mystery #309 and #310, a notable change happened…
Now the book was clearly I…Vampire’s!!
The character was popular enough to even team-up with Batman!
Ultimately, the title ended…
DeMatteis brought him back in the pages of Dr. Fate.
But he made VERY few appearances in the last fifteen or so years, until Brian Azzarello made him a major part of Team 13.
Team 13 rules so much.