Monday, October 1, 2018

Marvel-ous Monday: "Morbius, the Living Vampire!" by M. Friedrich, Gulacy, and Abel

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! October is here, so it's time to start getting cracking creaking with the haunted Halloween side of the Groovy Age! We're kicking it all off with Morbius, the Living Vampire's solo color comic debut from Fear #20 (November 1973). Ol' Groove's already given ya a short history of Morbius' Groovy Age career right here, so let's just grab our stakes, tiptoe ever so carefully into Fear, and get reacquainted with "Morbius, the Living Vampire!" by Mike Friedrich, Paul (making his Marvel-ous debut right here, baby!) Gulacy, and Jack Abel...
Cover art by Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia

And how 'bout those Marvel-ous cameos by a certain Web Slinger and a skeleton crew of Merry Mutants?

Oh, and if you're in a hurry to find out what happens next ish, just click here, my Groovy Ghoulies!


  1. I had just started buying and collecting comics on a regular basis when this issue came out and I was absolutely blown away, became an instant Gulacy fan. I think it’s still an impressive comic allthese years later, and that ain’t just the nostalgia talkin’


  2. Excellent issue, my favorite time of year and horror comics, who could ask for more?

  3. Remember vividly getting this comic when I was 11 and it was love at first sight. I was a card-carrying Monster Kid, and the Marvel horror comics were catnip for me.

  4. Oh, ueah I remember this one! I found it in a used book store in the mid-70's and loved it; it also led me to Gulacy's Master of Kung Fu, and a whole lot more by him. I met Gulacy at the San Diego CC and was happy to see that he was a great guy who does fantastic impressions, especially Charles Bronson and Robert De Niro. Always good when creators you like are nice guys.

    1. Gulacy and his lovely wife are a delight to be around. Since he hails from Portland now I get to see him pretty frequently at cons.

    2. This early pencilling effort by Gulacy was excellent, slightly marred by Abel's incompatible inks. But like another commenter said I was instantly blown away. Little did I know he was to soon take over Master of Kung Fu and, with Doug Moench, transform a floundering title into one if the premier titles of the 70s. Through the Grackle, Sabre, Batman and all other titles that followed Gulacy kept topping himself and showing that he never got stagnant.



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