DRACULA's CARRIAGE DRIVER
Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Presumably human civilian (15th century)
Occupation: Carriage driver, servant
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Dracula (master)
Enemies: Rache van Helsing, Hans
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Castle Dracula, Snagov, Transylvania, Europe;
mobile as needed by Dracula
First Appearance: Dracula Lives#12 (May, 1975)
Powers/Abilities: The carriage driver was skilled at driving a two-horse drawn carriage that appeared sufficiently sized to convey at least 6 people.
He sometimes carried Dracula's coffin (presumably with its interior bottom covered with Dracula's native soil) in the carriage, allowing Dracula to rest securely, both protected from sunlight and guarded against attack during the daytime.
He sometimes transported bodies and presumably other things for Dracula.
Height: Unrevealed (we only see him seated in the carriage from a distance
Note: We only see his hands up close, and they appear Caucasian.
(Dracula Lives#12 - BTS) <1465> - Dracula left Transylvania for a few months and explored the surrounding countries, enjoying some variety until he lost interest in it. During this time he slew Hans' sister.
During this time, Dracula's carriage driver followed him, keeping a coffin lined with his native soil within the inside of the carriage so Dracula could rest securely during the daytime.
(Dracula Lives#12) - Tired of his travels, Dracula instructed his driver to take him back to Transylvania, and he returned to his coffin for the journey.
(Dracula Lives#12 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking vengeance for his sister's death, Hans invaded Castle Dracula, only to be slain by Dracula, who then instructed his carriage driver to send Hans back to the village from which he had come.
(Dracula Lives#12) - Early in the light of day, Dracula's servant then approached and cast Hans' dead body out of his horse-drawn carriage before returning to Castle Dracula.
Comments: Created by Gerry Conway and Tom Sutton.
I would presume the carriage driver was a human enslaved by Dracula, so
that he could move freely and otherwise perform tasks for Dracula
during daytime. The fact that Dracula referred to him as "slave," is
supportive of that.
However, it is possible he was a vampire or something else.
We never saw his face (or anything beyond a distant shot of his upper body from behind, a distant shot of his seated form from a slightly rear-obliqued side view, anda shot showing his arms just below the shoulder (with sleeves reaching nearly to his wrists).
Profile by Snood.
Dracula's carriage driver should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
Dracula Lives#12/3, pg. 10, panel 3 (driving carriage, side view);
panel 4 (discarding Hans)
Dracula Lives#12/3 (May, 1975) - Gerry Conway (writer), Tom Sutton (artist), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Last updated: 02/26/15
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