Real Name: Bessie
Identity/Class: Terrestrial bovine vampire
Occupation: Predator; former grazer
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Vampires; Dracula (transformed her); Hans Ankenbauer (former owner)
Enemies: Jubal Brown (victim), Dracula, Howard the Duck
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Bovine Blood-Beast, the Cowled Cow, the Recreant Ruminant
Base of Operations: Formerly Cleveland, Ohio; Switzerland
First Appearance: Giant-Size Man-Thing#5/2 (August, 1975)
Powers/Abilities: The Hellcow has the standard
vampire abilities and limitations. She has super-bovine strength
(enhanced bovine) and durability. She can transform into winged
bat-cow hybrid, or into mist. She requires regular consumption of
blood, which apparently may be animal or human. It is uncertain
if her bite would transform her victim into a vampire or not.
She has weaknesses to sunlight, garlic, religious symbols, and, of course, a steak, I mean a stake through the heart.
Height: 4' 6" at shoulder
Weight: 575 lbs.
History: (Giant-Size Man-Thing#5/2 (fb) ) - Approximately
300 years ago, Bessie the cow lived a peaceful existence as part
of Hans' herd in Switzerland. One night, Dracula came to the
town, but all of the doors and windows of the village were
locked. And Dracula was very thirsty...but not for milk. Hans
buried his favorite cow the next day, but three days hence she
Since that time, Bessie attempted to follow the trail of Dracula, to gain revenge for taking her away from her life of contentment.
(Giant-Size Man-Thing#5/2) - Arriving in Cleveland, Bessie mistook a costumed form of Howard the Duck for her nemesis, Dracula, and attacked it. Their struggles brought them into an auto body shop. Howard held her off with a tire iron (the shape of a cross), but when he reached for a hammer and stake, she leapt at him. Howard ducked and Bessie found herself tangled in a pile of tires, with her fangs imbedded in a whitewall. Howard took the stake and did what needed to be done. As Howard sent Bessie to her final rest, that great pasture in the sky, she was heard to say, "Mooooooooooooooooo."
Comments: Created by Steve Gerber and Frank Brunner.
Gerber's stories are always entertaining. You better be reading his MAX title, which is way, way over the edge.
I'll never read the title "Giant-Size Man-Thing" the same way again after reading Peter David's Captain Marvel#21.
Hellcow has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1970's Handbook.
In Blade III#12 a prophecy was fulfilled that brought back all vampires that ever died. This most likely included Bessie as well. We'll have to wait if she resurfaces. I personally hope she survived! Mooh!
This blog that posts pre-code Horror comics just
featured a story from Strange Tales#21 involving...vampire cattle.
I wonder if Gerber read it in his youth?
Her owner's last name was revealed in Hellcow's profile in Vampires: The Marvel Undead#1 (December, 2011).
No connection to:
--any other vampire cows (see comments)
Giant-Size Man-Thing#5 (August, 1975) - Steve Gerber (writer9, Frank Brunner (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Last updated: 09/08/13
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