Lynn Lugosi Sparks and Robert Napton Interview on Reviving Bela Lugosi for Dracula Graphic Novel [Exclusive Interview and Preview]

Bela Lugosi
Bela Lugosi in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Bela Lugosi, hands down, is the most iconic Dracula in cinematic history.

There are plenty of Draculas in history played by other actors such as Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Christopher Lee in 1958’s Dracula, and 1970’s Count Dracula, or to the most recent Universal Pictures’ 2014 version of Dracula Untold with Luke Evans.

In fact, there are dozens and dozens of actors who played or voiced Dracula over the past 200 years. However, if you ask any cinephile to name the most iconic Dracula—most will point to Bela Lugosi from the 1931 film Dracula.

Legendary Comics teamed with Lugosi Estate and Kerry Gammill to bring Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” to life in a graphic novel format. The 200-page graphic novel will star the iconic film and stage actor Bela Lugosi, with art by El Garing.

The graphic novel follows the Bram Stoker novel more closely than the film adaptation that Lugosi starred in. In a traditional black and white artwork, the graphic novel captures the likeness of Lugosi perfectly as he strikes fear and imagination to the readers.

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Here’s a brief synopsis of the graphic novel:

In the late 19th century, Dracula, an ancient Transylvanian vampire, moves to England to find fresh blood and spread his evil contagion. There, he encounters two women, Lucy and Mina, who become the targets of his dark obsession. Aided by a group of brave men, Professor Van Helsing arrives on the scene to take on the Vampire Prince in the ultimate battle between the forces of light and dark!

LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with Lynn Lugosi Sparks (Bela Lugosi’s granddaughter) of Lugosi Estate and Robert Napton of Legendary Comics about this ambitious graphic novel. We discussed Bela Legosi, the artwork, the story, and the five-year journey in bringing the Dracula story back to life.

The Dracula graphic novel is available through www.legendary.com, comic book stores, and online starting Tuesday, November 3.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Also, check out some of the samples after the interview.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Legendary Comics

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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