Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at the classic introduction of Hannibal King in the pages of Tomb of Dracula #25, by the legendary Tomb of Dracula creative team of Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan and Tom Palmer...
One of the best aspects of Marv Wolfman's run on Tomb of Dracula was the sheer VARIETY of story he wrote while sticking with the basic "people fighting against vampires" motif that the book was based on.
Tomb of Dracula #25 was Wolfman doing a vampire story that also doubled as a private investigator "film noir style" story, and it worked really well (it didn't hurt that Colan and Palmer's art style works beautifully for noir stories).
Having a P.I. investigate a vampire killing is a great idea, and Hannibal is an engaging fellow.
Here he is on the case...
As he gets further into the case, he eventually draws attention from the big man himself, Dracula, and then, well, the feces hits the spinning thing, and when everything is said and done, the twist of the issue is revealed.
It's a great twist (and one set up admirably in the pages above), but it's almost a shame that Hannibal King has become so well known, so that his twist really doesn't work super well nowadays, since people know all about him.
Still, in a title that already contained the great creation, Blade the Vampire Hunter, Wolfman/Colan/Palmer strike again with the great character, Hannibal King, who has survived for many years since this title, in the hands of many different writers.
When we did the Greatest Marv Wolfman Stories Ever Told, this issue did quite well, finishing #7 on the list. It's a well derserved honor!