Real Name: Torgo Nia

Identity/Class: Human vampire, citizen of Transylvania

Occupation: Former ruler of Earth's vampires; Former general

Group Membership: Former leader of Earth's vampires

Affiliations: vampire servants

Enemies: Attila the Hun, Dracula

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Lord of the Vampires

Base of Operations: Transylvania;
    formerly Gepedia (aka Guthiuda or Gothia)

First Appearance: Tomb of Dracula I#68 (February, 1979)



Powers/Abilities: Standard vampire powers: superhuman strength, transformation into mist, weather control, transform others into vampires with a bite, control over meaner creatures such as rats, bats, and wolves.  As lord of the vampires, his powers were briefly augmented to much higher levels, and he could control all other vampires.

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Eyes: Red
Hair: Red

History: (Tomb of Dracula I#70 (fb)) - Sometime in the fifth century, Torgo was a general attempting to defend his country from the invasion of the legendary Attilan the Hun.  Torgo fell in battle, the victim of a seemingly mortal wound.  Believed to be dead, Torgo was buried alive.  An old hag was paid to pray over his grave, but she was actually a vampire.  She dug up the grave and drank Torgo's blood, leading to his transformation into a vampire.  His activities over the next several centuries are unknown.


(Tomb of Dracula I#68) - During a brief period of time when the demon Satan (see comments) had transformed Dracula back into human form, Torgo managed to take over the title of vampire lord.  After Dracula was returned to vampiric form, he found his former minions were no longer his to control.  Seeking their leader, Dracula was confronted by Torgo, who proved able to control even the former vampire-lord.  Torgo revealed his plans to lead his vampire horde to overtake humanity, farming them as slaves and a source of nourishment.

Unwilling to acknowledge any other as master, Dracula called on the ancient rite of a dual to the death to challenge Torgo's rule. Feeling there was no way Dracula could overcome the lord of the vampires, Torgo accepted the challenge. To strengthen the odds even further, Torgo used a knife in the battle. Ultimately, Dracula's determination, inner fires, and pride in his own heritage enabled him to overcome Torgo, stabbing him through the heart with his own blade. As Torgo disintegrated into dust, Dracula regained his previous title and full power.



Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman (writer) and Gene Colan (artist).

In this case, Mephisto was actually posing as Satan in this Tomb of Dracula storyline. Topaz was in Hell with Dracula when his powers were taken away, and Topaz was next seen in Doctor Strange II#75 in Mephisto's Hell. The Official Handbook Deluxe Edtion and Update '89 entries for Dracula and Topaz confirm that Mephisto was involved.

It was quite ironic that Dracula regained his title only to perish at the hands of Quincy Harker minutes later.

In Blade III#12 a prophecy was fulfilled that brought back all vampires that ever died. This most likely included Torgo as well. We'll have to wait if he resurfaces.
--Markus Raymond

His last name was revealed in the Vampires profile in OHOTMU A-Z HC#12. His former base of operations was revealed in his profile in Vampires: The Marvel Undead#1 (December, 2011).

Torgo has no connection to:

Tomb of Dracula I#68 (February, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks)
Tomb of Dracula I#70 (August, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks)

Last updated: 09/08/13

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