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Foreword by Joe R. Lansdale! Recommended. By Koren Shadmi. A fascinating new graphic novel narrates the life and career of one of horror’s most iconic film stars. Lugosi is a young Hungarian activist forced to flee his homeland after the failed Communist revolution in 1919. Reinventing himself in the U.S., first on stage and then in movies, he landed the unforgettable role of Count Dracula in what would become a series of classic feature films. Life Drawn, 2021.

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A fascinating new graphic novel narrates the life and career of one of horror’s most iconic film stars. Lugosi is a young Hungarian activist forced to flee his homeland after the failed Communist revolution in 1919. Reinventing himself in the U.S., first on stage and then in movies, he landed the unforgettable role of Count Dracula in what would become a series of classic feature films.

From that point forward, Lugosi’s stardom would be assured…but with international fame came setbacks and addictions that gradually whittled his reputation from icon to has-been. He ends up working for young director Ed Woods, considered by many as one of the worst directors ever in film. But he adored Lugosi for his past successes, and kept him busy after other work had trailed off.

Lugosi details the actor’s stardom as one of the most famous actors of the 1930s. He turned down the role of Frankenstein, and left the door open for Boris Karloff to become as big a star as he was. As the two giants of the Universal horror films, they often appeared together in Hollywood, and worked together in film.

But Lugosi’s ego was giant, his taste profligate, his womanizing fated to doom three marriages. In the end, he was a lonely old man reliving his glory days from a hospital bed. Lansdale’s introduction is excellent…here’s  a clip:

“The triumphs, the misfortunes, the oddities, as well as the wonders and high points of Lugosi’s life…a sex symbol of dark and forbidden desires. And what came after.”

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