Real Name: Ewan Duff
Occupation: Vampire hunter
Group Membership: Vampire Hunters (not a formal group, but rather a loose alliance of people, largely associated with Quincy Harker, seeking to destroy Dracula and other vampires)
Affiliations: Quincy Harker
Enemies: Vlad Tepes Dracula
Known Relatives: Eric (son, deceased)
Aliases: The Scotsman
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
First Appearance: Tomb of Dracula I#15 (December, 1973)
Powers/Abilities: Ewan Duff was a large and strong man and a fierce warrior, fueled by determination and a desire to avenge his son. Perhaps in his mid-50's when he encountered Dracula (who can lift 1500 lbs., although he may have been somewhat weakened by not having consumed blood recently), he was able to hold his own, withstanding Dracula's powerful strikes and even fighting harder as the struggle continued.
Trained by Quincy Harker, Duff wielded a wooden spear, which he ultimately used to pierce Dracula's heart.
Height: Unrevealed (perhaps
6'3" to 6'6"; he looked to be comparable in height to the 6'5" Dracula,
but they are never clearly seen standing straight-up next to each other)
(Tomb of Dracula I#15 (fb) - BTS) <Months before the main flashback> - After Ewan's son, Eric, vanished following chasing Dracula in China, Ewan sought revenge against Dracula.
Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan, and Tom Palmer.
In the original story, Dracula gave the year of his encounter as 1969.
That's a topical reference, meaning to show that it was 2-3 years
before Tomb of Dracula I#1 (April, 1972). However, with the sliding
timescale, Tomb of Dracula would be about 10 years before the current
year. We just know that Dracula lay dormant after his temporary
destruction by Duff for "years" before being found by Frank Drake and Clifton Graves in Tomb of Dracula I#1.
This flashback was kind of a plot device to explain how Dracula ended up in the state in which he was found. He had so much time before being staked and finally collapsing and decomposing that it certainly seems like he could have pulled out the stake, but maybe he could not pull the stake out himself for whatever reason.
If Duff's encounter with Dracula was meant to take place exactly 3 years before Dracula's revival, then this would make the encounter a few years before the start of the modern era (before Fantastic Four I#1).
Marv Wolfman was kind enough to provide the Scotsman's real name for the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z#12 (2010)'s Vampire Hunters and Vampires profiles. Thanks to Spider-Mike Fichera for reminding me of these details!
It is unrevealed whether Ewan had learned from Quincy Harker and was a vampire hunter prior to his son's death, or if that only came after.
I was thinking that there had just been an earlier reference to Dracula lying in his coffin since the Scotsman had staked him, but I don’t see anything in ToD#1…
Profile by Snood.
Ewan Duff should be distinguished from:
before the main flashback, Eric Duff pursued Dracula in China. Dracula
overpowered and slew Eric, but as Eric held a crucifix, Dracula could
not vampirize him.
--Tomb of Dracula I#15
Note: The circumstances that led Eric to "come chasing" Dracula in China are unrevealed.
Eric was not pictured, but rather only referenced by Ewan and Dracula. His surname was not given in-story, but I am ASSuming it was the same as his father's.
Tomb of Dracula I#15, pg. 16, panel 4 (full, oblique profile);
pg. 17, panel 1 (face, detail, close-up);
pg. 18, panel 1 (face, full) - digital version from Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z#12: Vampire Hunters used;
panel 3 (staking Dracula);
panel 7 (cast into pit)
Tomb of Dracula I#15 (December, 1973) - Marv Wolfman (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z#12: Vampire Hunters (2010) - Jeff Christiansen (head writer), Mike Fichera, Markus Raymond, Mike O'Sullivan, & Madison Carter (writers, coordination assistants), John Denning & Alex Starbuck (assistant editors), Mark D. Beazley (editor, special projects), Jeff Youngquist & Jen Grunwald (editors)
First posted: 09/02/2021
Last updated: 04/25/2021
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
Non-Marvel Copyright info
All other characters mentioned or pictured are ™ and © 1941-2099 Marvel Characters, Inc. All Rights Reserved. If you like this stuff, you should check out the real thing!
Please visit The Marvel Official Site at: http://www.marvel.com
Special Thanks to www.g-mart.com for hosting the Appendix, Master List, etc.!
Back to Characters