Real Name: Howard Douglas
presumably an English citizen
Group Membership: Vampires of Earth;
Affiliations: Jeremy Haynes
Enemies: Kendra Change (at least formerly; he may or may not have been loyal or subservient to her after reviving as a vampire), "Old" Joseph, unidentified carriage driver, unidentified merchant and his companion companion,
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "My dashing young scoundrel," "my impetuous friend," "my quick fellow" (all taunting nicknames from Old Joseph)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
last seen aboard the Henrietta ship, docked in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom;
First Appearance: Vampire Tales#7/6: "Agents of the Night Road" (October, 1974)
Powers/Abilities: As a mortal, Howard had some experience fighting with a rapier and pistol and with equestrianism (horse riding).
As a vampire, Howard would presumably have had
(typically enhanced human) and required regular blood meals to survive.
feeding on a human victim would typically turn that victim into a
vampire, depending on the extent of the feeding and other
Those he vampirized may or may not have been subservient to him.
When fully fed, he could likely
heal rapidly from non-fatal wounds.
He presumably had the standard
vampire vulnerabilities, including religious icons, sunlight, garlic,
silver, and wooden stakes through the heart.
He may have been able to mesmerize others with a gaze and/or transform from
human to bat form at will; however, not every vampire possesses such abilities.
Height: Unrevealed (perhaps 5'8 - 5'9")
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 170 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (black and white story, but presumably red at least some of the time); original eye color unrevealed
Hair: Dirty blond or light brown
Tales#7/6 (fb) - BTS) - Howard was a young highway who fancied himself
a living version of Robin Hood, stealing from the wealthy; however, he
never gave his takings to the poor or to anyone else.
Tales#7/6 (fb) - BTS) - Howard Douglas partnered with with Jeremy Haynes, with Howard confronting
sufficiently wealthy-looking horse-drawn carriages as they passed by,
while Jeremy -- per Howard's plan -- watched unseen from a short distance away, prepared
to intervene as necessary.
Tales#7/6) - As Howard rushed in to rob a carriage, he found an older
highwayman (Old Joseph) had had the same idea, both unaware of the
other's presence until they reached the carriage. Howard argued that he
had laid designs on it first, but Joseph countered that it was now
available on the common market. After Howard told Joseph he would not
become its new owner, Jospeph drew his pistol and fired on Howard, who
swiftly followed suit, but both men missed the other (Joseph's bullet
went through Howard's hat, but missed his head), and their single-shot
pistols were now useless.
As both men drew their rapier-like swords, Howard
taunted Joseph, noting they would see how quick he was to fight with
the blade. Joseph admitted he wasn't as fast as the younger Howard, but
mocked him as reckless and/or confused. After their clash of steel
lasted "long moments of interminable deadlock," Joseph grabbed a
handful of dirt and cast it into his Howard's eyes. Blinded and
staggering back, Howard barely realized as Joseph snatched the sword
out of his hands. When Joseph approached and asked if he was afraid to
die, Howard admitted he was indeed, but that he was not fated to die
this night, "You are!" Just then, Jeremy swung in one a rope, kicked Joseph to the ground, and then picked up a sword and beheaded Joseph.
As Jeremy complimented Howard on his planning,
Howard observed that the carriage driver had taken advantage of the
distraction to take off. However, the carriage could not outrun
Jeremy's horse, and he forced the driver to stop again at swordpoint.
While Howard divested the female passenger of her
jewel necklace, the male passenger (a merchant) told them he had nothing of value.
When Howard told Jeremy to kill the man, the victim volunteered -- in
hopes of their sparing his life -- that he had been hired for a
thousand quid (slang for pound) to take a wooden chest stowed on the
freighter ship Henrietta in Liverpool and transport it to London. After
the man explained that he figured the chest must be carrying something
very valuable for the woman to have offered that much, Howard hacked
him in the neck with his sword, killing the merchant.
Howard and Jeremy then headed to Liverpool on horseback.
As they tethered their horses at the dock in
Liverpool, Jeremy suggested a similar plan as they had used before.
Agreeing that it had worked well, Howard boarded the Henrietta.
(Vampire Tales#7/6 (fb) - BTS) - When Howard
boarded the Henrietta, the vampire Kendra Change -- the "treasure" held
within the wooden chest -- tore out his throat and fatally drained his
(Vampire Tales#7/6 - BTS) - Jeremy, tired of waiting, boarded the Henrietta, and Kendra vampirized him as well.
Comments: Created by Doug Moench and Howard Chaykin.
Howard's name was revealed in the
Vampires appendix in Vampires: The Marvel Undead (December, 2011),
which also confirmed the standard circumstances of his becoming a
vampire after being fatally drained by Kendra.
Profile by Snood.
Howard Douglas should be distinguished from:
- DOUGLAS, Off. BROOKE - NYPD, had
affair with partner Eric Bondi--Hood#3
- DOUGLAS, HEATHER - see MOONDRAGON----Iron Man I#54. Captain
- DOUGLAS, PAMELA - see SUNDRAGON--Solo Avengers I#16
- DOUGLAS, SAM - Fire Department of New York--Captain America I#257
- DOUGLAS, MAJOR - US military, protected planns for
Power Drill, killed
by Red Skull (George Maxon)--Captain America Comics#1/3
- other "Howard" or "Douglas" characters
A former butcher, Joseph eventually became a highwayman.
Tales#7/6) - As Joseph rushed in to rob a carriage, he found a younger
highwayman (Howard Douglas) had had the same idea, both unaware of the other's
presence until they reached the carriage.
Howard argued that he had
laid designs on the carriage first, but Joseph countered that it was
the driver who had first laid designs -- and good coin -- on the coach
before either of them; however, he noted that it was available to the
After Howard told Joseph he would not
become its new owner, Jospeph scowled, drew his pistol, and fired on Howard, who
swiftly followed suit, but both men missed the other (Joseph's bullet went through Howard's hat, but missed his head), and their
single-shot pistols were now useless.
As both men drew their rapier-like swords, Howard taunted Joseph,
noting they would see how quick he was to fight with the blade. Joseph
admitted he might not be as quick as his younger opponent, but mocked him as
reckless and/or confused.
After their clash of steel lasted "long moments of
interminable deadlock," Joseph grabbed a handful of dirt and cast it into his Howard's eyes: "Since I've had to look at you for the past five minutes...'tis now time for you to look at dirt!"
Joseph snatched Howard's sword from his
blinded foe as he staggered back; sharpening the two swords against
each other, Joseph told Howard he would demonstrate for him the skill
which had formerly earned him a position in the butcher's trade.
Taunting Howard as a quick fellow who would soon be
approached and asked if he was afraid to die. However, Howard informed
Joseph that it was instead him that was fated to die, at which point
Howard's ally, Jeremy (who had been hiding in the trees) then swung in
on a rope, and kicked Joseph to the ground.
As Joseph lie on the ground, Jeremy picked up a sword and beheaded him.
--Vampire Tales#7/6: "Agents of the Night Road"
Note: Joseph's last name is unrevealed
images: (without ads)
Vampire Tales#7/6, pg. 2, panel 1 (full profile, masked);
panel 2 (Joseph drawing pistol);
panel 3 (both men firing; Joseph on left);
pg. 3, panel 5 (Joseph claiming Howard's sword);
panel 6 (Joseph sharpening blades, showing mask);
pg. 7, panel 2 (Howard face);
pg. 8, panel 1 (Howard's corpse falls)
Vampire Tales#7/6: "Agents of the Night Road" (October, 1974) - Doug Moench (writer), Howard Chaykin (artist), Tony Isabella (consulting editor), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Vampires: The Marvel Undead (December, 2011) - Jeff
Christiansen, Mike O'Sullivan, and Stuart Vandal (head
writers/coordinators); Markus Raymond & Mike Fichera (assistant
First posted: 06/22/2019
Last updated: 06/22/2019
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