Nearly a century later, when most of us think of Dracula we still think of actor Bela Lugosi. It doesn’t matter how many other actors have played the character since. Lugosi, with his tailored cape and thick Hungarian accent, is what most people picture when they think of the Count. But the 1931 Universal version of Dracula was very different from Bram Stoker’s original novel.
But what if Lugosi had played the infamous vampire in an accurate adaptation of the original Stoker novel? We have an idea of that this could look like. And that’s because the folks at Legendary Comics and their new graphic novel. You can check out the evocative new motion trailer for the upcoming release below:
“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.”
Comic book fans know the name Kerry Gammill. They specifically know him for work on books like Superman and Uncanny X-Men.
Bela Lugosi’s granddaughter, Lynne Lugosi Sparks, had this to say about the adaptation: “Bela Lugosi created his unique portrayal of Count Dracula on the Broadway stage and has become a cultural icon for his performance in the 1931 film. This graphic novel beautifully answers the question: What would Lugosi’s performance look like in a direct interpretation of Bram Stoker’s novel? We believe Legendary Comics has proven what fans already know—Bela Lugosi is Dracula.”
Pre-orders are available for Bram Stoker’s Dracula Starring Bela Lugosi here. The graphic novel hits shelves on November 3.
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