Son of Dracula
Real Name: Adam Lucard
Occupation: University Professor
Known Relatives: Dracula (father), unnamed mother (witch, deceased)
Base of Operations: Columbia University
First Appearance: Fright #1 (Atlas Comics, June 1975)
Powers/Abilities: Standard vampire powers.
History: When Count Dracula witnessed a witch about to be burned at the stake, he flew down to release her - so that he could drain her blood to feed his own lusts. But back at his castle he recognised a birthmark which marked her as one of his kin - to be exact she was his fourth cousin and only living relative, and the only female ever born to a Dracula. In spite of this relationship, Dracula still intended to feed on her, so she made him an offer in an attempt to save her life. If he would leave her unharmed, she would bear him a son, a pure-blood Dracula.
Nine months later she bore him a son, but the Count betrayed his word now that he no longer needed her. Barely surviving his initial feeding, the next morning she managed to get the child on a ship bound for America, trusting her son to a woman who knew of the Dracula curse. The Count arrived too late to stop the ship from departing, and rather than let him turn her into one of the undead, his cousin took her own life.
Decades later "Adam Lucard" had become a Columbia University professor, aware of his true heritage but taking precautions so that it would not overwhelm him: at night he wore a golden cross to prevent the transformation into a vampire, and by day a vial of native soil protected him. However things went horribly wrong when one of his students, who had a crush on him, broke into his apartment one night to surprise and seduce him. When she removed the cross from his neck, his heritage overtook him, and she became the first victim of the son of Dracula.
Comments: Mike Murphy gave me the origin and image of this character and notes "the ending ends on a typical "Oops! Oh no, not again" note. Yes, yet another cannibalistic Atlas protagonist. Strangely enough, it was not written by Michael Fleisher." He describes the character thus "The half-human son of Dracula is a (painfully hip) professor and has long managed to control his blood lust until the lovelorn attentions of an adoring co-ed awaken his vampiric lusts."
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Dracula, his father
Son of Satan, another individual with unfortunate parentage
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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