Lilith, The Daughter of Dracula

Lilith, The Daughter of Dracula

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Lilith, the daughter of Dracula, is a Marvel Comics character introduced in 1974. Her name was, at least in part, suggested by Lilith, the vampirelike creature from Hebrew folklore. Lilith made her initial appearance in the June 1974 issue of Giant-Size Chillers, a comic book that picked up and expanded the story of Dracula from Marvel’s very successful The Tomb of Dracula. Lilith’s story began in Belfast, Ireland, where young Angel O’Hara and her new husband were breaking the news of their marriage and her pregnancy to her father. He lost his temper and hit the young man, who was killed by the blow. Reacting to the event, for a moment Angel wished her father dead. As her anger rose, a misty light floated into the house and moved into Angel. Suddenly she was transformed into Lilith, who had invaded and taken over her body. The redheaded, green-eyed Angel now stood before her father as a dark-haired, red-eyed Lilith. She was dressed in a skin-tight black suit with a cape and a stylized bat image on her forehead. Her immediate impulse was to feed, and Angel’s father was the food supply before her. Lilith next turned to revenge. She sought out vampire hunter Quincy Harker and tried to drain his blood. He would be found later, barely alive.

In the Marvel Universe, Lilith was the daughter of the fifteenth-century wife of Vlad the Impaler, Kicked out of the palace by Vlad, her mother turned the baby girl over to a Gypsy woman and then committed suicide. Vlad later killed the Gypsy’s husband and son. In revenge, the woman, a witch, turned the child into a vampire, but with a difference. She could walk in the daylight, and the crucifix would not affect her. Also, when she died, her soul would move on to take over a new body. Her purpose in life was to destroy her father. At one point, in the nineteenth century, she and her father agreed to go their separate ways and see each other no more. They did not meet again until the 1940s, at which time Quincy Harker killed her. Again revived, she returned in the 1970s, at which time she suggested that she and her father join forces and jointly rule the world. Dracula rejected the proposal.

Nothing more was heard of Lilith until the Fall 1977 issue of Marvel Preview (No. 12), which revealed that Lilith/Angel had moved to New York and was living with a man, Martin Gold. As Angel, her pregnancy was beginning to show, but as Lilith she ventured out to feed. Her story continued in the November 1978 issue of The Tomb of Dracula (No. 67). Dracula moved to New York. Intuiting the presence of his daughter, he followed her to Gold’s apartment. He had lost his vampiric powers and had come to get her to bite him again. She not only turned him down, she attacked him but carefully avoided biting him. As he swore his revenge, she called for the animals and the weather to torment him. At that point Dracula was near the end of the first phase of his Marvel career. In 1979 he faced his last battles, recovered his vampiric powers and returned to leadership of the undead, only to be killed by Quincy Harker.

Dracula was never ultimately killed, of course, and he revived again in time to appear in the new series of The Tomb of Dracula, begun as an adult-oriented magazine without Comics Code approval. In the June 1980 issue (No. 5), Lilith returned and sought the help of Viktor Benzel to help her kill Dracula. Benzel carried out a magical process that separated Angel and Lilith. She then traveled to Castle Dracula and confronted her father. She had the advantage as she could use the cross and holy water against him. But in the end she could not bring herself to murder her father.

After this encounter with Dracula, Lilith adopted the name Lilith Drake and settled in the south of France. In 1983 (Doctor Strange, No. 62), Dr. Stephen Strange, the sorcerer, used a magical spell called the Montesi Formula to destroy Dracula, Lilith, and all other vampires throughout the world.

After the Montesi formula weakened, Dracula and a variety of vampires, including Lilith, were reborn. Consumed by bloodlust, she sought the assistance of various Marvel villains to build a vampire army. It would finally be defeated by Spider-Man and Hannibal King (Spider-Man Unlimited, No. 20, 1998). In Marvel’s miniseries, Dracula: Lord of the Undead (1998), Lilith fought Dracula and with the aid of two human cohorts was able to infest him with a deadly virus. Dracula was only able to survive by drinking the blood of a corpse, which would cause him to lose the respect of the other vampires. Most recently (2005), Lilith joined Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos as one of its supernatural agents.

Sources:

Doctor Strange. No. 62. New York: Marvel Comics, December 1983.
Dracula: Lord of the Undead. Nos. 1–3. New York: Marvel Comics, 1998.
Giant-Size Chillers. Vol. 1. New York: Marvel Comics, 1974.
Christiansen, Jeff. “Lilith.” The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Posted at http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/lilithdod.htm. Accessed on April 9, 2010.
Marvel Review. No. 12. New York: Marvel Comics, 1977.
Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos. No. 1–6. New York: Marvel Comics, 2005–2006.
Redondo, Nestor. “Lilith.” The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe 2, 18 (October 1987): 23–24.
Spider-Man Unlimited. No. 20. New York: Marvel Comics, 1998.
The Tomb of Dracula. Nos. 1–70. New York: Marvel Comics, 1971–79.
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