JACQUELINE MacDONALD

Real Name: Jacqueline Louise MacDonald

Identity/Class: Human; formerly possessed via magical link

Occupation: unknown; presumptive student

Affiliations: formerly connected by quasi-mystical link to Dracula

Enemies: Dracula

Known Relatives: Anna Reynolds MacDonald (mother), Peter MacDonald (father), Richard Reynolds (half-brother)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York

First Appearance: Tomb of Dracula II#3 (February, 1980)

Powers/Abilities: Jacqueline has no superhuman abilities, but is instead a normal human youth.

While connected to Dracula, she possessed superhuman strength, which she drained directly from the Lord of the Vampires. She could harness and unleash psycho-kinetic force, sufficient to crush a grown man against the wall or to hurl furniture across a room. She could also generate hellish flames.

History:
(Tomb of Dracula II#3 (fb1) - BTS) <November 5, "1973">- Anna and Richard Reynolds were aboard a train traveling from Germany to Austria. Dracula put the bite on Anna, but Dracula left before taking all of her blood, in order to escape Frank Drake and Rachel van Helsing, who were also aboard the train, in pursuit of Dracula.
 

(Tomb of Dracula II#3 (fb2 - BTS) <March "1974"> - Anna recovered for her period of self-induced seclusion as she overcame the pain caused by sunlight, a temporary side effect from Dracula's bite.

(Tomb of Dracula II#3 (fb3) - BTS) <July "1974"> - Anna met Peter MacDonald.

(Tomb of Dracula II#3 (fb4) - BTS) <November "1974"> - Anna realized she was in love.

(Tomb of Dracula II#3 (fb5) - BTS) <April "1975"> - Anna married Peter at Saint Anthony's Cathedral.

(Tomb of Dracula II#3 (fb6) ) <November 6, "1976"> - Jacqueline was born via Caesarian section.

(Tomb of Dracula II#3) <November 6, "1979"> - The three year old Jacqueline was mauled by a pair of dogs while vacationing in Miami, Florida, with her parents. She was flown back to New York, where she was treated, but she was also diagnosed with severe anemia, much more severe then would have been expected given her injuries. The doctors gave her a  blood transfusion from her mother, Anna.

That night, Dracula, also in New York at the time, had awakened to extreme weakness and replenished himself on another woman. Jacqueline had seemed to recover, and her blood count had even climbed higher then expected. The next morning, however, she was as bad off as before, with a full recurrence of the anemia, with no known cause. A second transfusion was performed, again using Anna's blood as she was the only one with "that same strange blood type."

That evening, Dracula fed on a trio of women, but he soon found himself incredibly weak once again, as if he had not fed in days. Meanwhile, Jacqueline began to react violently, tearing through thick restrains and battering those around her. At the same time, Dracula fed yet again, but then collapsed from exhaustion. Jacqueline began to curse those around her and scream that she would slay them all and take their blood.

Dracula was found, assumed to be dead, and taken to a morgue at Saint John's, the same hospital which held Jacqueline. There he managed to take mental control of the pathologist and had him slay his partner and feed Dracula every drop of his blood. Jacqueline received increasing dosages of tranquilizers, but continued to fight and curse the doctors, staff, and her parents. Fearing possession, they consulted priests and Olga Hostoff, an elderly mystic woman, to no avail.

Upon consuming the last of the blood of the pathologist, Dracula recovered sufficiently to leave, but then stopped as he sensed the forces coming from Jacqueline's room during a ceremony performed by Hostoff. Dracula fought his way upstairs to Jacqueline's room, and she began to sense his presence as well. Becoming more and more violent and hostile with the closeness of the connection, Jacqueline feared that Dracula was coming to take back the blood she had taken from him. She unleashed force from her mind that battered her parents and then Dracula, as well, when he entered her room.

Marshaling his strength, Dracula fought forward in an effort to slay Jacqueline to stop the drain on his strength. Anna managed to establish a rapport with Jacqueline, and her love and strength assisted her in shattering the connection/possession. With a blast of flame, Jacqueline hurled Dracula from the room, and she was free of his evil influence. Her anemia rapidly resolved as well.

Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan.

Yet another candidate for the Legion of the Night, I think!

The years of the dates given in this issue are MOST LIKELY topical. The inclusion of Frank Drake and Rachel van Helsing ties the time period to the ever-sliding MODERN ERA--unless they were time traveling, which they have done before. Anyhoo, at minimum, the dates are in reference to the date of publication, and even the six year stretch of time they represent is a little lengthy relative to Marvel Time, which is continually compressed to maintain it as a 15 year period of time.
The limits of Marvel Time mean that short of some Cable/PsiLord time adventure or via mystic means, Jacqueline can never be any older than Franklin Richards, who is about seven (he was locked in being 4.5 years old for about twenty years of real time).

This story spreads the misinformation that anemia is a loss of White Blood Cells, when it is the loss of Red Blood Cells. The red cells make up the vast majority of the cells and carry oxygen through the body. White cells are in the minority and function in inflammation and infection, among a few other things. A decrease in the number of White Blood Cells is referred to as a Leukopenia, or Leucopenia.

Also, as far as rare blood types:

CLARIFICATIONS:
Anna Reynolds MacDonald has no known connection to:


Anna Reynolds MacDonald

 

She was 26 years old when she was bitten by Dracula. Over the following years she put the trauma behind her, but she quickly recalled it all as Jacqueline's blood disorder asserted itself. It was her transfusions that forged the bond between Jacqueline and Dracula, but it was also her will that allowed Jacqueline to free herself from his control.

 

--Tomb of Dracula II#3

 

 

 


Peter MacDonald

He is (or was at the time) a computer salesman for IBM. He was Jacqueline's father and Richard's step-father, and served primarily in a supportive role during Jacqueline's crisis.

--Tomb of Dracula II#3


Richard Reynolds

He was seven years old when he and his mother first met Dracula. He thought Dracula looked like Mr. Spock. He was thirteen during Jacqueline's crisis and took a back seat to everything else that was going on.

--Tomb of Dracula II#3


Last updated: 02/15/03

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