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Ask Chris #167: Monsters Unleashed (Once They Are Properly Categorized)

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Q: What makes a monster a Halloween monster? Why is Dracula okay but Godzilla is not? -- @chudleycannons

A: If you're following me on Twitter, then you may already know that earlier this week, I got into a heated argument with comic book writer and holiday enthusiast Benito Cereno over what does and does not constitute a "Halloween Monster." The whole thing sprang out of a Halloween-themed musical countdown that Benito's doling out over at his Tumblr -- stick around to find out how the Garfield Halloween special got him in trouble as a youngster -- that included Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla."

My argument -- which I posed to my ex-friend in a very civil and conversational manner that definitely did not start with "hey stupid" -- was that this song wasn't a good fit because Godzilla, while he is definitely a monster, doesn't fit thematically with Halloween. Benito's argument was that it was a fun song. But obviously, as we all know, you can't have fun without rules.

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The ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ Collector’s Edition Brings You Purple-Gloves Batman (And Some Other Awesome Stuff)

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I try to be responsible with my video game purchases, but let's be honest: the key word there is "try." As much as I tend to wait for a price drop for a lot of things, the fact that there's a miniature Dubstep Gun and a rotating Saints Row IV display case on their way to my house at this very moment is irrefutable evidence that I'm a sucker for a good Collector's Edition -- and for the upcoming release of Batman: Arkham Origins, WB Games has gone all out in trying to to get $119.00 out of me. How? Nothing much. Just some posters, art books, a light-up statue. You know, the usual.

Oh, and also Purple Gloves Batman and a documentary narrated by f**king Dracula.

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‘Castlevania: Mirror Of Fate’ And Making The Best of A Reboot

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With the exception of Simon's Quest for the NES, I've been a pretty big fan of the Castlevania games for my entire life. That said, I walked away from 2010's Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, a reboot of the franchise that involved Metal Gear Solid's Hideo Kojima, thinking that it was one of the dumbest games I'd ever played. It wasn't the gameplay, which was a solid enough

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Bizarro Back Issues: Dracula Fights The Silver Surfer Because of Reasons (1976)

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Halloween is right around the corner, boils and ghouls, and that means that my fascination with the stranger side of comics veers ever so slightly towards the macabre. And for my money, there is nothing more laden with terror (and truly awesome comics) than Comicdom's #1 Fear Magazine, The Tomb of Dracula! So what better way to celebrate Halloween than with the most terrifying tale ever told about the Lord of the Vampires?

You know, the one where he fights a guy from outer space who flies around on a surfboard. That's scary, right?This titanic tussle happened in the page

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The Unbelievably Bizarre ‘Worlds of Power’ Novel Based on ‘Castlevania II’

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Here's what happens on the very first page of the 1990 "Worlds of Power" novelization of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest for the NES:

"No, Count Dracula! You will not drink my spirit this day!" he said, snapping his thorn whip with a crack as loud as a gunshot. "And by the way, it doesn't taste like cherry pop at

ComicsAlliance Reviews ‘Blade Trinity’ (2004), Part One

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Over the past year, Chris Sims and David Uzumeri have provided ComicsAlliance with in-depth reviews of the final season of Smallville and the Batman film franchise. Now, they turn their attention to a film franchise with a supernatural edge: Blade.

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Chris Sims Trolls the Classics in ‘Dracula: The Unconquered’ [Interview]

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You might think you know the real story of Count Dracula, but how much can be certain when our only account of the legendary vampire is a composite of multiple persons' different points of view? Who's to say Jonathan Harker wasn't a vicious liar? How do we know Van Helsing wasn't fiercely insane? Those are among the highly dubious positions CA writer Chris Sims has taken in order to create Dracula the Unconquered, a new comic book series that has the audacity to put forth not just the real story of Count Dracula, but also tell us what happened next. Spoiler: it involves a certain amount of rising from the grave, a certain a

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A Halloween Tribute Gallery for Gene Colan’s Dracula

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As the artist of 70 issues of Marve's Tomb of Dracula, the legendary Gene Colan defined the look of the world's most famous vampire in comic books. Teamed with equally legendary writers like Archie Goodwin and Marv Wolfman, Colan drew a Dracula filled with equal parts demonic menace, villainous arrogance and all-too-human regret, and became one of the greatest horror artists in comics -- no mean feat, considering that he was also one of the greatest super-hero artists in comics.

Sadly, Colan died earlier this year, b

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The 10 Most Ridiculous Quotes From That Episode of ‘Hercules’ Where He Fights Dracula

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A lot of people have Halloween traditions. Some carve pumpkins, some dress up, but me? I watch syndicated action shows from the '90s. Usually, I go with the spooky episode of Xena: Warrior Princess that features vampires, a severed head and a level of lesbian subtext that's pretty high even for that show, but this year I added something new to the tradition: The episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys where Hercules fights Dracula.

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Reimagining Dell Monsters Frankenstein, Dracula & More in Modern Comics [Original Art]

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As much as comic book fans love superheroes and monsters, it's amazing that so few publishers have merged the concepts better than Dell, who combined Universal's movie monsters with Silver Age style costumed crimefighters in the mid '60s to stunning (if short-lived) effect. Lasting only three issues each, Dell's Dracula, Frankenstein and The Werewolf have sorely been lacking fro

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