|Aliases:||Laurie Simpson; Laurie Simpson Neal|
|Base of operations:||Harrow's Point, Maine|
|Known relatives:||Frank Neal (husband); Angelica Neal (daughter)|
|First:||Tomb of Dracula, Volume 2 #4|
Laurie Neal is a fictional character who is part of the Tomb of Dracula comic book franchise published by Marvel Comics during the 1970s and 80s. She was introduced in the first story in the fourth issue of the Tomb of Dracula comic magazine, cover date April, 1980, entitled "Angelica".
Laurie Simpson Neal was the wife of lighthouse keeper Frank Neal and the mother of young Angelica Neal. The Neals had a troubled marriage, owing largely to Frank's decision to take up the position of lighthouse keeper of Harrow's Point, Maine after the untimely death of the previous keeper. Laurie did not support the decision and resented the fact that Frank uprooted them from their home and relocated them to Maine. She wanted Frank to accept a position working at her father's bank, but Frank refused.
Within an evening of moving into the lighthouse, Laurie discovered that her daughter had fallen prey to a vampire. The local physician, Doctor Chowder, administered a blood transfusion with Laurie as the donor and saved Angelica's life. That same evening, the Lord of all vampires, Dracula, insinuated his way into the Neal home. Unable to finish off Angelica (due to some well-placed crucifixes and garlic), he instead sated his thirst on Laurie. The substantial blood loss, both from the attack and the transfusion, proved too much for Laurie and she died soon after. Three nights later, she awakened in her coffin as a vampire. Her husband Frank as well as Doctor Chowder and the local bishop Father McFarland restrained her in her coffin while McFarland drove a stake into her heart.
Notes & Trivia Edit
- The character of Laurie Neal was created by writer Roger McKenzie and artists Gene Colan and Tom Palmer.
- Had Laurie continued to exist, she would have developed all of the powers of a traditional vampire. However, she was destroyed before her proficiency in such abilities could ever be realized.
See also Edit
- Tomb of Dracula
- Tomb of Dracula characters
- Tomb of Dracula locations
- Tomb of Dracula comic titles
- Tomb of Dracula comic issues
- Tomb of Dracula miscellaneous
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