There was the original moody vampire...Andrew Bennett, the star of 'House of Mystery's' series "I...Vampire". The epic tale played out over 24 issues within the 'House of Mystery' banner from 1981-1983. It was the first comic series I could share with my best female friend Shauna during High School. OMG. I just realized girls have ALWAYS loved vampires with issues. Like Angel, Andrew Bennett had plenty of ennui to go around. The series was created by J.M. DeMatteis and illustrated by some of the top artists of the day. It was so popular that it eventually took over the horror anthology series leading to a full length finale that was both exciting and unexpected. I always thought this story would have made a great TV miniseries on one of the cable channels hungry for a cool vampire story.
"In 1591, after being turned into a vampire himself, Lord Andrew Bennett turned his lover, Mary Seward, into a vampire, and she became corrupted by the power. She took the name Mary, Queen of Blood and created a group of vampires called The Blood Red Moon bent on taking over the world. The series followed Bennett into the modern day as he tried to undo his mistake and take down Mary and The Blood Red Moon.
He was helped by his two companions Deborah Dancer, a beautiful young woman who Bennett saved from Mary at Woodstock (and was also his girlfriend) and Dmitri Mishkin, a Russian man whom Bennett had rescued from Mary when Mishkin was a child.
To try and keep his humanity, Bennett made a vow to only drink the blood of animals and bottled human blood (which created a subtext of alcoholism).
Andrew Bennett has the powers of a vampire. He can transform into mist, a bat, and a wolf and he has superior strength far beyond that of a mortal man. He also possesses immortality, the ability to turn others into vampires, a healing factor, and limited telepathy. Also, his image can not be seen, such as reflected in a mirror or captured on film.
However, he also has the weaknesses of a vampire, as well. He can be killed by sunlight, silver, and crucifixes, and he is cursed to drink the blood of the living. Unlike other vampires, he can reconstitute himself some time after being killed. He is also with full control over his curse and he doesn't mean harm to any human he likes." (Wikipedia)
If you like this kind of story you would be crazy not to track down (or download the bit torrents) for House of Mystery House of Mystery (1981-83): #290-291, 293, 295, 297, 299, 302-319, 321.
He later appeared in the fantastic graphic novel - Dr. Thirteen: Architecture and Mortality which is well worth your time also.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.