Mina welcoming Crandall


Real Name: Mina Aruca

Identity/Class: Human vampire

Occupation: Surviving

Group Membership: None

AffiliationsGeorge Crandall

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York, Greenwich Village, 305 Bleecker Street, Apartment 6-C

First Appearance: Vampire Tales#6/3 (August, 1974)

Powers/Abilities: As a vampiress Mina could live forever without aging as long as she avoided some weaknesses to her kind. Some substances were deadly to her: sunrays, fire, garlic and objects that could kill her included the cross or a wooden stake. She fed off human blood, had pointed canines and her image was not reflected by mirrors.

Mina vampirizing Crandall


(Vampire Tales#6/3 (fb) - BTS) - Mina, a vampiress, lived in Greenwich Village.
She hid in plain sight, placing an advertisement on the Village Voice, a local newspaper, declaring that she was a vampiress and proposing a mutual benefit to men interested in what she could give and take from them.

(Vampire Tales#6/3) - One of her clients was George Crandall, who wanted to become a vampire, because he was afraid of becoming old and dying. Mina welcomed him to her apartment, and after explaining him the advantages and disadvantages of the vampire status, she bit and slew him by draining his blood.
    As their pact stated, she didn't kill him permanently and she left Crandall's body in an alley near Bleecker Street. 

Comments: Created by Doug Moench (writer), Alfredo Alcala (pencils and inks).
    Mina "lived" less than 150 street numbers away from Dr. Stephen Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. How could the Sorcerer Supreme never pass under Mina's hideout, without sensing her evil presence?
    It is also possible that other men had appointments with her for other purposes like the thrill of meeting a real vampire, the perversion of being enslaved, sex and so on.
    She left a corpse near her home and an ad on a newspaper. She probably didn't stay at this address for long.

This story was first reprinted in Vampire Tales Annual#1 (1975). The scans were taken from this issue. Mina received her last name in the Appendix in Vampires: The Marvel Undead#1 (2011).

I believe "Mina" is a nickname for "Wilhemina". BTW her namesake Mina Murray Harker appeared in Dracula Lives#9-10, as well as Stoker's novel.

Thanks to David A. Zuckerman for a small correction.

Profile by Spidermay.

Mina Aruca has no known connections to:

George Crandall has no known connections to:

Crandall burning

George Crandall

    George Crandall was a normal human for the most part of his life.
    George was in his fifties, boringly married with a son and yet, he was worried about his future as an old man. He found a solution: becoming a vampire he could be declared legally dead and continue to live.
   So George went to Mina, a real vampiress, who bit and killed him.

    As promised George awakened after three days, fully transformed into a vampire. He was in his coffin and sensed that outside was morning, so he didn't move. But his wife, his "widow", had arranged his cremation, and a few moments later George burnt "alive" and died for real.

 --Vampire Tales#6/3

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Vampire Tales Annual#1/2, p6, pan2 (Mina, full body)
Vampire Tales Annual#1/2, p7, pan2 (Mina, head shot)
Vampire Tales Annual#1/2, p8, pan6 (George Crandall, head shot)

Vampire Tales#6/3 (August, 1974) - Doug Moench (writer), Alfredo Alcala (artist), Marv Wolfman (editor)

Last updated: 05/09/15

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