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Spike vs. Dracula, Part Two is the second issue of the Spike vs. Dracula comic book miniseries. Written by Peter David and illustrated by Joe Corroney, it was originally published on March 29, 2006 by IDW Publishing.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
In the heat of 1930s Hollywood, Bela Lugosi is giving a live, on-stage performance of his immortal "Dracula." Little does he suspect that the real immortal Dracula wants his performance to be much less than live... and only Spike and a young Ed Wood can stop him!
Summary[edit | edit source]
In October 1934, Darla reads a letter from Spike. Darla has chosen to remain in Germany while Spike and Drusilla visit America. In the letter, Spike says that they traveled to Los Angeles, where they ran into Dracula, now world-famous as a result of the movie based on him.
In L.A., Spike takes Drusilla to a theater showing a stage version of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi himself. Drusilla points out that they have met the real Dracula, but Spike argues that Lugosi is far more entertaining. Spike produces two third-row tickets; Drusilla asks if they were expensive, and Spike replies that they cost the original owner his life.
In Poughkeepsie, a boy tells his school class about his trip to see Bela Lugosi in L.A. He had been excited to see the play, even though he didn't realize he'd meet real vampires that night. He insists to his skeptical teacher that the story is true, and continues to explain that he had been seated next to Drusilla. He had spoken with her until his mother told him to "leave the nice lady alone."
Drusilla remarks to Spike that nobody had ever called her a "nice lady" before. Spike begins to respond, but is distracted when he sees that Dracula himself is sitting in the audience. Spike watches him closely as he sits, unmoving, throughout the production. After the show, Dracula goes to Lugosi's dressing room and attacks him. Spike intervenes as Dracula prepares to kill the "impostor," and Dracula transforms into a wolf and attacks him. They crash out the window and into the alley below while Lugosi escapes his dressing room, yelling for help. He comes across a bride of Dracula, who intends to drive a stake through Lugosi's heart. Before she can do so, Drusilla interferes, taking the stake and killing the vampire.
In the alley, Dracula morphs into a giant bat and takes off, but Spike grabs hold of his leg. They fly onto the set of an aviation film, and land on the wings of an airborne biplane. Dracula's cape gets caught in the plane's propeller, and the plane crashes into the Hollywoodland sign, destroying the final four letters, as Spike kills the pilot and uses his parachute to escape safely.
At the theater, Drusilla is preparing to turn Lugosi into a vampire when the boy from the third row attacks her with a cross and chases her away. Later, he is being forced by his schoolteacher to write lines on the blackboard promising never to tell monster stories again. The boy, Edward Wood Jr., pledges to one day make monster movies as he leaves, taking his teacher's angora sweater with him.
Continuity[edit | edit source]
- The story is set in 1934.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Individuals[edit | edit source]
Species[edit | edit source]
Locations[edit | edit source]
- United States
- Los Angeles
- New York City (Only mentioned)
Objects[edit | edit source]
Death count[edit | edit source]
- Two humans, killed by Spike (only mentioned).
- One vampire, staked by Drusilla.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Production[edit | edit source]
- The photo cover features a promotional pictures taken for Angel season 5.
Distribution[edit | edit source]
- Spike vs. Dracula, Part Two was the 162nd best selling comic issue in its publishing month, with 12,090 sales in March 2006 at comic specialty stores.
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Pop culture references[edit | edit source]
- This story shows Bela Lugosi (1882–1956), playing his part as "Dracula" and a young Edward Wood (1924–1978) in school, dreaming about doing monster movies with Bela Lugosi, that it actually happened in movies such as Bride of a Monster (1954).
- In the comic, Ed Wood stole his teacher's angora sweater. Ed Wood did use an angora sweater in his film Glen or Glenda (1953).