By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)
Legendary Comics, in partnership with the Lugosi Estate and writer Kerry Gammill, announced Bram Stoker’s Dracula, os set for release in late 2020. Although the wait will be long, to see the novel fully rendered with Lugosi’s distinct look will be something to read. My introduction to horror was with the classic film; and although it freaked me out when I was a wee tyke–having ran from my babysitter’s home back to my own (it was across the street)–it did not stop me from becoming a lover of the tale of terror when I had a better understanding of the horrors to come.
This new graphic novel will feature art by El Garing. One look at his DeviantArt page he is the right talent to bring Lugosi back to life in all his enchanting glory.
In the late 19th Century, Dracula, an ancient Transylvanian vampire, moves to England to find fresh blood and spread his evil contagion. There, he encounters two women, Lucy and Mina, who become the targets of his dark obsession. Aided by a group of brave men, Professor Van Helsing arrives on the scene to take on the Vampire Prince in the ultimate battle between the forces of light and dark!
“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.”
“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.”