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Darkhold Reading Order

Rise of the Darkhold The hidden history of the book written by the Elder God, Chthon The Darkhold has connections to Werewolf By Night, Dracula, Blade, Modred the Mystic and many other characters in the Marvel Universe Featued are the individual issues that comprise the Avengers/Docctor Strange Rise of the Darkhold trade paperback

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  • 2nd appearance of Werewolf by Night
  • First mention of the Darkhold
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  • 3rd appearance of Werewolf by Night
  • 1st appearance of the Darkhold
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  • Premiere issue continued from Marvel Spotlight #4
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  • 1st appearance of Dragonus, a demon in the employ of Chthon who could be summoned by a Darkhold spell from a different dimension
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  • First battle of Dracula versus Werewolf by Night (part 1 of 2)
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  • First battle of Dracula versus Werewolf by Night, second issue in two part series
  • Origin of Werewolf by Night
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  • Blade discovers he is immune to vampirism because he is part vampire
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  • 1st appearance of The Other, a manifestation of Chthon, an Elder God and writer of the Darkhold
  • 1st appearance of Modred the Mystic
  • [February 2021 - Chthon still speculated to be introduced to the MCU, possibly Doctor Strange]
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  • 2nd appearance of Modred the Mystic
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  • Origin of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
  • First meeting of Wanda and Mordred (possessed by Chthon) where she encounters the Darkhold
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  • Chthon appears as a cloud entity and possesses the Scarlet Witch
  • 1st appearance of Magda, the wife of Magneto and mother to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
  • Origin of Scarlet Witch and Pietro, told by Bova
  • Hinted that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are siblings and Magneto is their father
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  • Origin of the Darkhold
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  • Doctor Strange battles the Children of the Night who have been summoned by Dracula and a cult of Darkholders
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  • In pursuit of the Darkhold, Dracula and the Darkholders battle Doctor Strange, Hannibal King, Captain Marvel, and Scarlet Witch
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  • Origin of vampires and how they are linked to the Darkhold
  • First meeting of Doctor Strange and Blade
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  • Battle of Doctor Strange versus Dracula
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  • Team-up of Doctor Strange, Blade and Hannibal King versus the Darkholders
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  • 1st full appearance of Rintrah, an alien apprentice to Dr. Strange
  • Final issue of the 1974 series
  • [February 2021 - Adam Hugill cast in a mystery role for Doctor Strange and rumors are it is Rintrah]
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  • Thor versus Dracula
  • Two issue arc that follows up on events that occurred in the Doctor Strange series
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  • Thor versus Dracula
  • Two issue arc that follows up on events that occurred in the Doctor Strange series
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  • Introduction of the Montesi Formula, a spell from the Darkhold that could be used to destroy vampires
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  • 1st appearance of Speedball
  • First artwork on Spider-Man by Mark Bagley
  • Origin of Chthon in a back-up story, how his essence was locked away in Wundagore Mountain - story continues in X-Men Annual #12
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  • 1st official team appearance of the X-Babies, childlike clones created by Mojo
  • Previous appearance of the X-Babies were the actual X-Men de-aged by Mojo
  • Origin of the High Evolutionary
  • 1st cameo appearance of Matthew Plunder as a baby, the son of Ka-Zar and Shanna the She-Devil
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  • Part one of a back-up story The Book of the Vishanti: The Curse of the Darkhold
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  • 1st appearance of Victor Strange, the brother of Doctor Strange who later becomes Baron Blood, a vampire
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  • Origin of Varnae the Vampire
  • Origin of the Darkhold, the assembly of Chthon's pages to form the book
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  • Origin of the Darkhold, the Montesi family, caretakers of the book
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  • Origin of vampirism
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  • Victor Strange becomes Baron Blood
  • Controversial cover: In 1990, Christian singer Amy Grant sued Marvel for her likeness being used on the cover of this issue, fearing her audience would view it as an association with the occult
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  • 406-page trade paperback that collects:
  • Marvel Spotlight #3 and #4
  • Werewolf By Night #1, #3 and #15
  • Tomb of Dracula #18 and #19
  • Marvel Chillers #1 and #2
  • Avengers #185 - #187
  • Doctor Strange (1963 series) #59 - #62 plus #67 and #81
  • Thor (1962 series) #332 and #333
  • Partial material collected from:
  • Dracula Lives #6
  • The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22
  • Uncanny X-Men (1963 series) Annual #12
  • Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme (1988) #9 - #13 and #15
  • Original retail price: $39.99

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