The granddaddy of all the classic horror monsters, Dracula has had many
comic book incarnations (including a stint as a superhero at Dell Comics in the 1960s
), but the most well-known and arguably well-loved is the character's Marvel Comics version, which first appeared in 1972's Tomb of Dracula
, courtesy of Gerry Conway and the late, great Gene Colan.
It's a much-deserved accolade, because Marvel's Dracula wasn't content to just suck blood and settle back in Europe; no, he wanted to conquer the world (and the moon, for those who remember his re-emergence in Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk's Captain Britain and MI-13), and has come into conflict with the X-Men, the Hulk and Doctor Strange as a result.
He's died many times as a result of these battles, but each and every time, he's managed to come back stronger and more determined to destroy humanity as a result - the mark of a true winner (if, admittedly, one who keeps losing). It may take some time to get what he really wants, but Dracula's immortal, and as a result has more patience than most. We welcome, and await the rise of, our new undead overlords.