Some epic vampire tales just won't stay down, as is the case with this remastered graphic novel edition of Roy Thomas and Mike Mignola's Bram Stoker's Dracula. Out of print for 25 years, this was a stunning miniseries adaptation of the 1992 romantic horror feature of the same name directed by Francis Ford Coppola that is still a staple on home video screens whenever Halloween season rolls around. Now we have an exclusive look at its long-awaited return.
IDW Publishing has resurrected this beautiful black-and-white collected edition of the 4-issue chiller that was released back in 1992, and showcases the legendary writing of ex-Marvel Editor-in-Chief Roy Thomas and blood-curdling artwork by a pre-Hellboy Mike Mignola. This was the final project for Mignola before entering the dark gates of his beloved Hellboy Universe, making this deluxe hardcover edition an interesting destination to observe his evolving style and tone.
Eisner Award Hall of Famer Roy Thomas (Conan the Barbarian, Doctor Strange) spoke with SYFY WIRE and reflected on this classic pairing with a young Mignola and recalls meeting up with the horror movie's Academy Award-winning director.
"Original Topps editor Len Brown (a friend since 1965 and my apartment-mate during 1967-68) offered me a chance to adapt the film as what amounted to my first assignment from Topps," recalled Thomas. "I enjoyed doing so... more because of Mike Mignola's artwork than because of the script, which was reasonably good but which I didn't find my idea of what a DRACULA adaptation should be, at least not in all ways. It did give me a chance to meet Francis Ford Coppola at a press event and talk with him (mostly about "The Conversation") for a couple minutes before reporters and staff whisked him off to pose for pictures with Bob Kane, official creator of Batman.
"Still, the movie had a good cast, especially Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins, and with a bit of reworking (and getting rid of a 'romance' angle that had nothing to do with Stoker's novel) the film could actually have been what it purported to be: Bram Stoker's DRACULA. I'm glad our graphic novel version is being reprinted. Thanks primarily to the art of Mike Mignola, the comic book is better than the film."
Mignola was intimately familiar with the cinematic material and Coppola's lush reimagining of the Dracula mythology as he worked for Columbia Pictures on the production as an illustrator. The multi-talented orchestrator of Dark Horse's Mignola-Verse and the lead artist behind the magnificent Batman: Gotham by Gaslight considers this comic adaptation one of his proudest moments of his earlier career.
“I cannot tell you what a relief it is to have this book back in print,” said Mignola in an official press release. “People have been asking about this one for ages—More than any other book of mine—and I honestly didn’t think it was ever going to be possible to see an edition, but here it is. Thank you Scott Dunbier and IDW. No idea how you did it but very glad you did. I’m generally not a fan of my older work but I think this one holds up. Despite the fact that I was doing a movie adaptation (which has its own unique set of problems) I think there is some nice drawing and storytelling in here."
Back in print after a quarter century, IDW's impressive 136-page Bram Stoker's Dracula is the perfect introduction to fall's spookier climate. Check out our exclusive peek between the covers in the gallery below, then tell us if you'll sink your teeth into this gorgeous gothic tale when it strikes comic shops on August 22.