Real Name: Vargas (first name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human vampire (15th century);
Occupation: Diplomat, emissary
Group Membership: Vampires of Earth;
formerly some role in the government of Spain
Affiliations: Dracula, Lord Benitio, Lord von Roon
Enemies: Formerly Dracula and vampires
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
last seen in Castle Dracula in the Carpathian mountains, in Snagov, Transylvania, Europe;
formerly an undisclosed location in Spain
First Appearance: Dracula Lives#12 (May, 1975)
Powers/Abilities: Vargas had some skill as a diplomat, though his fear of Dracula and his vampires dampened his effectiveness.
Presumably, as a vampire Vargas 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. Vargas 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 not seen in direct comparison to anyone of known height in his
appearance); perhaps 5'10"
Weight: Unrevealed; perhaps 170 lbs.
Eyes: Unrevealed (black and white story; darker colors were common in Southern Europeans)
Hair: Apparently gray or white (or perhaps light brown, etc.)
(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 Benitio and von Roon, Vargas 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.
Spain around this era was a mixture of Christian kingdoms (Castile, Navarre and Aragon taking up most of the north) and Muslim emirates (Granada, in the south).
The name Vargas: "habitational name from Vargas in Santander province, or a topographic name from vargas, plural of varga, a dialect term used in various senses: '(thatched) hut', 'steep slope', or 'fenced pastureland which becomes waterlogged in winter'."
If we go with his name being the habitational one, he might be from Santander province, which is part of Castile. The full and proper name of the country varied over time slightly, but in 1465, he'd be part of the Kingdom of Castile.
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 Vargas should be distinguished from:
VARGAS - planet--Captain Marvel V#27
VARGAS - powerful warrior, slew Psylocke, targeted Rogue d/t prophecy from Libris Veratis that she would kill him, skewered Rogue and Gambit, defeated by Rogue but allowed to live, slain by Harpoon. saw self as the next step above homo superior. homo supreme?--X-Treme X-Men#1, (named) 2
VARGAS, ANTONIO - Rio de Janeiro detective, former husband of Ezra Asher, old friend of Wolverine, slain by Ezra while investigating her vampire killings--Wolverine: Black Rio
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Dracula Lives#12/3, pg. 2, panel 1 (chest up profile);
panel 3 (face in profile, with hat);
pg. 3 (attacked by vampires)
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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