Real Name: Benitio (first name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human vampire (15th century);
Occupation: Diplomat, emissary
Group Membership: Vampires of Earth;
formerly some role in the government of Bologna
Affiliations: Dracula, Lord Vargas, Lord von Roon
Enemies: Formerly Dracula and vampires
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Dracula once mispronounced his name as Benito (which Benitio politely corrected)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
last seen in Castle Dracula in the Carpathian mountains, in Snagov, Transylvania, Europe;
formerly an undisclosed location in Bologna (now a city in Italy)
First Appearance: Dracula Lives#12 (May, 1975)
Powers/Abilities: Benitio had some skill as a diplomat, though his fear of Dracula and his vampires dampened his effectiveness.
Presumably, as a vampire Benitio had superhuman strength (typically enhanced human) and required regular blood meals to survive; further, feeding on a human victim would turn that victim into a vampire, depending on the extent of the feeding and other circumstances. Many vampire victims take three days to revive as a vampire. He presumably had the standard vampire vulnerabilties, including religious icons (presumably proportional to the strength of the wielder's faith), garlic, sunlight, and a wooden stake through the heart. Benitio may or may not have been able to transform into a bat (or wolf, or mist), an ability that is often ascribed to vampires with greater than average abilities. Many vampires are unable to enter a building unless he or she has been invited.
Height: Unrevealed (he was only seen on the
ground in comparison to Dracula, the only being of known height in his
appearance); perhaps 5'7"
Weight: Unrevealed; perhaps 170 lbs.
Eyes: Unrevealed (black and white story); perhaps brown (common in Southern Europeans)
Hair: Apparently light brown
(Dracula Lives#12 (fb) - BTS) - In the six years following Dracula's vampirization in 1459, several nations, including Bologna, Prussia, and Spain, became concerned about the prevalence of vampires in Transylvania and feared their spread into their own nations.
(Dracula Lives#12 (fb) - BTS) <1465> - Lord Benitio, Lord Vargas, and Lord von Roon were sent as emissaries of their respective nations Bologna, Spain, and Prussia to gain Dracula's promise that he and his followers would not enter their countries.
They were each apparently accompanied by an envoy of associates, and they requested an audience with Dracula.(Dracula Lives#12) - Along with Vargas and von Roon, Benitio attended a ghastly party at Castle Dracula.
Comments: Created by Gerry Conway and Tom Sutton.
Dracula makes clear his intent to vampirize Benitio, and I would presume his allies, Vargas and von Roon, shared his fate. To the best of my knowledge, none of the lords from this story were seen again, although they'd be pretty unrecognizable as vampires outside of their official garb.
Sending men to get Dracula to stay out of their nations actually leading Dracula to visit those nations is actually ironic...as opposed to what most people call irony.
World history and culture are not strong suits of mine. Loki helped me sort through what countries were what in the 15th century and what they are now.
Bologna was an independent nation at the time of this story. According to Wikipedia, Bologna was absorbed into the Papal States in the early 16th century, temporarily conquered by Napoleon, and then became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia around 1860, which soon became the kingdom of Italy. It remains a city in Northern Italy.
Looking at a map of 16th century Europe, the countries chosen are interesting, as they are some distance from Transylvania and each other (perhaps Hungary, Turkey, and/or Moldavia might have been better choices). Obviously information wasn't as readily available as there was no internet in 1975, and maybe there were specific reasons for their choices.
Profile by Snood.
Lord Benitio should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
Dracula Lives#12/3, pg. 2, panel 4 (upper body);
panel 6 (face);
pg. 4, panel 1 (groveling);
panel 3 (bitten by Dracula)
Dracula Lives#12/3: The Sins of the Fathers (May, 1975) - Gerry Conway (writer), Tom Sutton (artist), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Last updated: 02/26/15
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