Lilith (Marvel)(01 - Lilith Tepes)
Real Name: Lilith Tepes
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Lilith has traditional vampire-powers, to a higher degree than most, lacking most traditional limitations. She has superhuman physical abilities, and can mesmerize others with a glance, transform partially or fully into a bat or mist, control the weather, and command animals such as rats, bats, and wolves. Lilith is immune to sunlight, religious symbols and garlic, but can be destroyed by the Montesi Formula or a wooden stake through the heart. She recovers instantly from most other wounds (even surviving dismemberment), and her spirit will return as long as Dracula exists; however, Lilith is magically unable to kill Dracula directly. Her spirit can enter an innocent woman who hates her father, transforming that body to mirror her own. Lilith enjoys but is not requireed to drink blood. She controls those who survive her bite; those who die arise in three days as conventional vampires.
After a loveless, abusive, year-long prearranged marriage to Hungarian noblewoman Zofia, 15th-century nobleman Vlad Dracula banished Zofia and their infant daughter, Lilith. Zofia killed herself after paying the wizened Gypsy Gretchin to raise the child. Years later, the now vampiric Dracula slew Gretchin's son, Arni, and Gretchin magically transformed Lilith into an adult vampire, further empowering her to torment Dracula eternally. After many conflicts, Dracula impaled Lilith in the 20th century, but she was soon reborn. Lilith learned to control her vampiric lusts, targeting those deserving death, though when she spared loser Horace Morton Biggotty V she wondered if she had done him any favors. Lilith was destroyed by Quincy Harker and reborn through human host Angel O'Hara, whose father had killed her fiancé, and she lived a dual existence in Greenwich Village for a time. While Angel fell in love with writer Martin Gold, Lilith encountered the insane "sex crime" killer, drug dealers, the murdering "Nobody Anybody Knows," Kallen Chemical Works, and disco king T.J. Novello and jealous girlfriend Della Fiorelli. When Dracula was turned human by Mephisto, he sought Lilith to make him a vampire anew, but she instead tried to kill him.
Dracula became a vampire again, and Lilith sought out Gretchin's descendent Viktor Benzel, who separated Lilith and Angel. Lilith then attempted to destroy Dracula, who instead slew her lover Viktor; he then mocked her inability to kill him herself. While seeking Viktor's brother Karl, hoping to find a way to kill Dracula, she solved the murders of the insane gardener Siegfried. Lilith possessed X-Man Kitty Pryde in a failed effort against her father, but she died happily when the Montesi Formula later destroyed both her and Dracula; however, when Dracula was reborn, so was she. Consumed by bloodlust, she sought Brother Voodoo's aid, encountering Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch) and Scarecrow (Ebenezer Laughton), and then used the Zombie to bring her fresh blood for a vampire army, meeting defeat from Spider-Man and Hannibal King. Regaining control, Lilith employed Dr. Charles Seward and Anton Florescu to infect Dracula with a lethal virus. Though Dracula survived, Lilith was pleased that he had to sink to drinking the blood of a corpse to do so.
First Appearance: Giant-Size Chillers Featuring Curse of Dracula (1974) #1
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Doctor Strange (1974)
#62 Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
- 'Deliver Us From Evil!'
#9 Dracula Lives (1973)
- 'That Was Then... This is Now'
Dracula: Lord of the Undead (1998)
#1 Essential The Tomb of Dracula (2003)
- 'When Darkness Reurns'#2
- 'Village of the Dead'#3
- 'Blood Relations'
Ghost Rider (1990)
#82 Giant-Size Chillers Featuring Curse of Dracula (1974)
- 'The Duck and the Amok'#83
- 'House of the Burning Souls'#84
- 'Loss of Blood'#85
- 'Ashes of My Soul'
#1 Legion of Monsters: Morbius the Living Vampire (2007)
- 'Night of the She-Demon'
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Preview (1975)
#12 Nick Fury's Howling Commandos (2005)
- 'The Haunt of Horror'#16
- 'Masters of Terror'
#2 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Creature Feature'#3#4
- 'Assault on Area 13'#5
- 'Destroy All Monsters!'#6
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Horror 2005 (2005)
Spider-Man Unlimited (1993)
#20 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'A Long Way Till Dawn'
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#7 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'M: From Mandarin to Mystique'#13
- 'Book of the Dead and Inactive 1 : Air-Walker to Man-Wolf'#14
- 'Book of the Dead and Inactive 2 : Marvel Boy to Zuras'
#18 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Book of the Dead (Hyperion to Nighthawk)'#20
- 'Book of the Dead (Stick to Zuras)'
The Tomb of Dracula Magazine (1979)
Tomb of Dracula (1972)
#23 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Shadows in the Night!'#25
- 'Night of the Blood Stalker!'#28
- 'Madness in the Mind!'#60
- 'The Wrath of Dracula!'#66
- 'Showdown in Greenwich Village!'#67
- 'At Long Last -- Lilith!'#68
- 'The Return to... Transylvania!'
Vampire Tales (1973)
Vampires: The Marvel Undead (2011)
#1 Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Handbook (2010)
- 'The Gathering'#2
- 'The Brood'
Howling Commandos (Marvel)(02 - Area 13)
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"Farewell my love..but it could not have lasted any longer. You had outlived your usefulness, you see. (From Giant-Size Chillers # 1, June 1974)"
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