SUPER-STAR HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Christmas With Colan and Palmer’s DRACULA

Comics writer Corinna Bechko’s thoughtful gift for her husband, artist Gabriel Hardman, leads to a truly memorable story …


It’s the SUPER-STAR HOLIDAY SPECIAL: a series of holiday remembrances by some of the best in the biz! Click here to check ’em out!

Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman’s Invisible Republic #13 is out now from Image Comics — and Corinna has a hard-to-beat Christmas story to share for the SUPER-STAR HOLIDAY SPECIAL:



Several years ago I decided that I wanted to get my husband (and frequent collaborator) Gabriel Hardman something really nice for Christmas, so I started searching for original art long before Thanksgiving.

I settled on a lovely Gene Colan/Tom Palmer Tomb of Dracula page (Issue #14, Page 10, first published in November of 1973 if you’re curious). When the page finally arrived I was thrilled. Gabriel is a huge fan of the work Colan and Palmer did on that book, and the page was even more gorgeous in person. I congratulated myself on a job well done and tucked it away to await the big day.

Gabriel almost always inks his own work, but towards the middle of December his editor at Marvel offered him a rush job that had to be completed between Christmas and New Year’s. The time-frame was much too short for full pencils and inks to be done, so an inker had to be found, someone who was both very good and very fast. Guess who got the job? That’s right, Tom Palmer!

It was just one of those crazy coincidences that tend to happen in an industry this small, but it made for an unforgettable holiday.


The page, hanging in Hardman’s studio.

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Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Hi Corrina – Congratulations on both counts. A big Colan/Palmer fan myself since Dr Strange #176 back in ’68. Will certainly look up the Gabriel/Tom issue – Cheers!

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