Saturday, May 17, 2008

A Story of Dracula, The Wolfman, and Frankenstein LP - 1975

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One of the strangest and, not coincidentally, coolest, of all the Power Records!

The ungainly named A Story of Dracula, The Wolfman, and Frankenstein is a straightforward horror story, drawn with real flair by Neal Adams, merging all three characters into one seventeen-page story.

Like the Marvel Monsters series, this story's horror content is only barely scaled back for the benefit of a young audience. I especially enjoy the picture on the front sleeve, of Mom sitting down with little Timmy and little Susie, to enjoy a story about a blood-sucking vampire, a killer werewolf, and a zombie-man assembled from the parts of corpses. Perfect Sunday afternoon family fun!

This was never released in Power Records' more traditional book and 45" record format, and as far as I know it was never repurposed anywhere.

12 comments:

John Trumbull said...

Actually, Rob, the artwork HAS been repurposed. There is a 2003 paperback from Vanguard Productions entitled NEAL ADAMS MONSTERS that features an expanded, 46-page version of the same story, along with additional Adams material. The layout is altered at times, but many of the panel compositions are the same. At the very least, Adams was tracing the layouts from his old artwork.

The inside front cover flap states that the material was originally serialized in Adams' anthology "Echo of Future Past" and that this is the first English language graphic novel version. Power Records is not mentioned in Adams' introduction, or anywhere else in the book.

Anonymous said...

I would like to buy a copy of this. my original was destroyed in a fire. can you help me? Bogslyr@hotmail.com

rob! said...

destroyed in a fire? that sucks big time.

you can find copies of this LP on eBay relatively easy, give that a try and good luck!

Hector said...

In fact, this TPB story was initiated by Fershid Barrucha (French editor) who asked Neal to publish an album version of thiscool lp insert.
It was re-adapted completely and made for standard format. First publication in France as "Pleine lune" (plain moon) (Albin Michel/Special USA) before hiting the US a second time in "House of Hammer" (#18, 1978).

Anonymous said...

hey every one,
i have this record-comic.
it's in good condition and would like to sell it. if any one is interested email me

davelolson@hotmail.com

i can send pics and will accept offers.

thanks

notofthisworld_1973 said...

I use to have this record and loved it! Thanks for posting the comic :)

kelly said...

This was my favorite record as a child. Great art and well written. I have the 'For I am Dracula' page in an LP frame in my kitchen. I broke my record when i was younger and lamented for years Until - the Internet was invented and i found a mp3 of it here:

http://www.mediafire.com/?6gn0utaxlow

I listen to this often when im cleaning house or waiting in the doctors office with headphones on. Any true fan of this record will love hearing it again no matter how old you are.

I think this would have made a great movie. female werewolves dont nearly get enough attention- and the story of a frail woman who becomes a confident werewolf is kind of awesome.

~ but until someone can embellish this to a full length story - we will have to rest our guilty pleasure laurels on Hugh Jackman's Van Helsing.

waldolc said...

This was my favorite album when I was little. Only supplanted by The Police as I got older. This was also my first exposure to Neil Adams artwork - which as I grew older - he has continued to be an inspiration.
My parents got rid of it when I left for the military. Sad :(

Anonymous said...

Very cool to find this website! I remembered this from many years ago when I was 7yrs old and can't believe I found it. Thanks to those who posted it and left the link to the MP3. I just found and purchased the original Storybook & LP on ebay for less than 30 bucks two days ago. I'll definately share this with my two sons this Halloween!!

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Scotten said...

I had this too!! The nostalgia was burning strong tonight and found this thanks to google. Can't wait to listen to the audio, thanks Kelly!

Anonymous said...

This was a gift from my dad and step-mom when I was 4 years old.

Through the years, I kept hold of it but I think it's buried in a tub of books somewhere!

I listened to this album so much that I can still recite many parts of it ("The PENTAGRAM, the PENTAGRAM!!"), and I am 41 yrs old! LOL!

What fun! thanks for putting this up! It brought back lots of cool memories!

Now to find it on ebay....

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