I was flipping through an old comic when I came across this advertisement which made me think of the truly terrible 1979 version of Dracula starring Frank Langella as the count and Laurence Olivier recycling his awful accent from A Little Romance as Van Helsing. What reminds me of this ad is during the film’s climax, Dracula appears to be destroyed by being hoisted from the hold of a ship into the purifying rays of the sun. As he melts there is a cut away and then there is a cut back where the count is replaced by what is obviously a kite. The kite flies off into the sky. It looks as if they wanted to leave a window open in case the box office returns warranted a sequel, but it did not. It felt like the film’s crew just wanted to get it over with so they shot a kite. They didn’t know how to end the movie. It may have worked in a small, fleeting glimpse, but the camera held onto an unmistakable kite flapping in the wind. Awful. Honestly, this doesn’t look too bad as a still, but it’s much worse in motion. It’s not a bat. It’s not a man. It’s a kite. The cartoony flying count would have been a preferable substitute.
The Dracula kite ad appeared in Eerie No. 66 published in 1975. I used to turn my nose up at these black and white comics preferring the Marvel super-hero comics. The Marvel comics were shorter but cheaper; had characters I knew and Mom wouldn’t flip out if she found them in my room. The Warren comics were in a magazine format and did not have to conform to the Comics Code Authority that governed the content of most comics published at the time. The stories had a lot of blood and boobs all printed in glorious black and white. They were great and typically featured terrific artists, but parents certainly would not approve.
LOL, and people bought them!
It seemed like kites were a big deal at that time especially down at the Jersey shore.