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Star Trek met Dracula (of sorts) in 1980 two-parter from Marvel

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm •  Published: January 27, 2011

In the Marvel comic-book series set after the events of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are requested to transport a Normedian, a scorpion-looking alien, back to the prison from which he escaped. The Normedian says his return will mean his death. The Normedian briefly escapes, but is recaptured by Mr. Spock.

Once the Normedian is recaptured, strange apparitions begin appearing on the ship, including werewolves and Dracula. When the Enterprise encounters a haunted house in space, they must investigate, where they find all manner of apparent supernatural horrors. But what’s the true secret behind the space haunted house?

Dave Cockrum and Klaus Janson remain the artistic team. Marv Wolfman is the writer for issue No. 4, giving way to Mike W. Barr with issue No. 5.

Interesting tidbit mentioned in the letters page to No. 4 – Marvel only had the license to adapt the 1979 movie and to create new adventures based on the characters therein – so Marvel couldn’t bring back characters who only appeared in the TV series or explore adventures in that time period.

The Dracula appearing in this two-parter bore a remarkable resemblance to the Dracula from Marvel’s “Tomb of Dracula” series, marking perhaps the closest thing to a Star Trek-Marvel crossover until decades later, when the crew of the Enterprise met the X-Men.

- Matt Price
Comics read in 2011: 167. Still to go: 1,844.

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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