Lilith is the name of two fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history

The first character named Lilith was the daughter of Dracula. Like her father, she is also a vampire, although her powers and weaknesses differ from most other vampires. She first appeared in Giant-Size Chillers featuring The Curse of Dracula #1 (June 1974).[1] Lilith, the daughter of Dracula, first appeared in Giant-Size Chillers featuring The Curse of Dracula #1 (June 1974), and was created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan.[2] Most of her solo appearances were written by Steve Gerber, who would later use a supporting character he created for these stories, Martin Gold, in the two-issue miniseries The Legion of Night. The character subsequently appeared in Vampire Tales #6 (August 1974), The Tomb of Dracula #23 (August 1974), 25 (October 1974) and 28 (January 1975), Dracula Lives! #10-11 (January–March 1975), Marvel Preview #12 (September 1977), The Tomb of Dracula #60 (September 1977), Marvel Preview #16 (June 1978), The Tomb of Dracula #66-67 (September–November 1978), The Tomb of Dracula (vol. 2) #5-6 (June–August 1980) and The Uncanny X-Men Annual #6 (1982). Her apparent "death" occurred in Doctor Strange (vol. 2) #62 (December 1983). She made a posthumous appearance in Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #9 (November 1989). Lilith returned years later in Ghost Rider (vol. 3) #82-85 (February–May 1997), Spider-Man Unlimited (vol. 2) #20 (May 1998), Dracula: Lord of the Undead #1-3 (December 1998), Witches #2 (August 2004), Nick Fury's Howling Commandos #2-6 (January–May 2006), and Legion of Monsters: Morbius #1 (September 2007). Lilith received an entry in The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #18 and in The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Horror 2005.

The second character named Lilith is a demon sorceress who is known as the "Mother of All Demons". She first appeared in Ghost Rider (vol. 3) #28 (August 1992).[2]

Fictional character biography

Dracula's daughter

Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceGiant-Size Chillers featuring The Curse of Dracula #1 (June 1974)
Created byMarv Wolfman
Gene Colan
In-story information
Alter egoLilith Dracula
Team affiliationsS.H.I.E.L.D.
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Paranormal Containment Unit
Notable aliasesAngel O'Hara, Lilith Drake, Lily Drake
AbilitiesAlthough a vampire, Lilith is immune to sunlight, is not repelled by holy symbols, does not need to sleep in a coffin lined with her native soil and is not completely dependent on drinking blood. She is unable to personally kill Dracula herself and will continue to exist as his eternal nemesis until he is permanently destroyed.

Lilith is Dracula's oldest child and is his only child by his first wife, Zofia, who was forced on Dracula by his father through an arranged marriage. After Dracula's father died, he renounced Zofia and forced her and their infant daughter to leave Castle Dracula so that he could marry his second wife, Maria, the woman he truly loved. Lilith was raised by Gypsies to whom she had been entrusted after her mother's suicide. Lilith's foster-mother was the Gypsy elder Gretchin. When Lilith was a young girl, Dracula, now a vampire thanks to the Gypsy woman Leandra, attacked and murdered many Gypsies, including Gretchin's son Arni, enraging her into seeking revenge. She cast a spell upon Lilith to make her into a vampire, but one with rather different powers: unlike conventional Marvel Comics vampires, she did not fear holy symbols, was not able to be killed by being out in the daylight and did not need to sleep in a coffin lined with her native soil. As part of the curse, she would haunt Dracula, ever opposing him, until Dracula was finally, irrevocably destroyed. Whenever she was "killed", she would be reborn by her spirit taking over the body of an innocent woman who wanted her father dead; this included the ability to shift forms and clothing between Lilith's own form and that of her "hostess".[3]

Lilith normally appeared, when in her own form, as a tall, beautiful woman with long black hair and a family resemblance to Dracula, dressed in a red and black skin-tight costume and cape with a bat-like ornament in her hair. As a vampire, she could change into a wolf, a bat, or mist (the latter either wholly or partially), and had limited control over weather, as well as the ability to command bats, wolves, dogs, rats and mice. Although she could drink blood, she was not dependent upon it for sustenance.[volume & issue needed]

In the modern era, Lilith's spirit possessed a woman named Angel O'Hara, who had come to hate her father and want him dead when he accidentally killed her husband, Ted Hannigan, after finding out that she had married him secretly and was carrying his child. Lilith killed Angel's father, but allowed her to live her life when Lilith was not using their shared body.[4] Angel was eventually physically separated from Lilith by Viktor Benzel, a distant descendant of Gretchin and the heir, along with his brother Karl, to much of her occult knowledge; Viktor used this knowledge to create separate bodies for Angel and Lilith.[5]

At one point, Lilith and Dracula agreed to avoid each other, but the agreement broke down. When Dracula was stripped of his vampiric powers toward the end of the 70-issue series The Tomb of Dracula, he asked Lilith to bite him and restore his powers, only to be refused.[6] In issue #5 of The Tomb of Dracula magazine that soon followed, Lilith and Dracula fought once more and Dracula revealed to Lilith that the curse that made her his eternal nemesis also prevented her from being able to actually kill him. Lilith was destroyed, along with her father and the rest of Earth's vampires, when Doctor Strange used the Darkhold's Montesi Formula to eliminate vampirism and all vampires from the world.[7] The Montesi Formula eventually weakened and both Lilith and her father returned to life.[volume & issue needed] Lilith subsequently appeared as Dracula's antagonist in the three-issue Dracula: Lord of the Undead limited series in 1998,[8] and as an agent of Nick Fury's Howling Commandos in 2006.[9]


Lilith, the daughter of Dracula, was ranked #24 on a listing of Marvel Comics' monster characters in 2015.[10]

In 2021, Screen Rant included Lilith in their "Marvel: 10 Most Powerful Vampires" list.[11]

In 2022, ranked Lilith Drake 6th in their "10 Most Important Marvel Vampires" list.[12]

Mother of All Demons

Demon Lilith,
art by Mike Deodato
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceGhost Rider (vol. 3) #28 (August 1992)
Created byHoward Mackie
Andy Kubert
In-story information
Notable aliasesBat Zuge, Kiskillilla, Mother of the Lilin
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength, stamina and durability
Vast magic manipulation
Ability to summon demons
Super fecundity

The demon Lilith is an ancient demon goddess and sorceress. She gives birth to demons called the Lilin which have lives of their own, but always remain obedient to their mother.

Lilith is an immortal who had lived in the city of pre-Cataclysm Atlantis, one of its few survivors. Over the centuries, she gave birth to many of her children – (the Lilin) – including Creed, Pilgrim, Fang, Doc, Meatmarket, Skinner, and Nakota. Trapped in the leviathan Tiamat by Atlantean sorcerers, she used her vast magics to influence outside affairs. While thus imprisoned, she encountered Danny Ketch's spirit, and then appeared in a vision to Blackout.[13]

Lilith was finally released from her ancient imprisonment by two unknowing scientist explorers. Discovering that her Lilin children had been scattered across the dimensions centuries ago and that many of them were destroyed by the Ghost Rider and Johnny Blaze, she soon made enemies of them. She recruited the Lilin and Blackout, and sent Blackout, Creed, and Pilgrim to abduct Johnny Blaze's son, Craig Blaze.[14] She sent the Lilin Fang to attack Morbius the Living Vampire.[15] She witnessed the Ghost Rider and Johnny Blaze's battle with Steel Vengeance.[16] Alongside the Lilin, she abducted Doris Ketch, Jack D'Auria, and Arthur and Stacy Dolan.[17] She transformed the Darkholders' ninjas and sent them to kill Victoria Montesi. Alongside the Lilin, she battled the Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze, and the Darkhold Redeemers.[18] She then sent the Lilin Skinner to attack the Ghost Rider and Johnny Blaze.[19] She then hired the Nightstalkers to kill the Ghost Rider and Johnny Blaze.[20] Alongside the Lilin, she again battled the Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze, Morbius, the Nightstalkers, and the Darkhold Redeemers.[21]

After many attempts to kill the two, her enemies list grew to include Doctor Strange, Morbius the Living Vampire, the Witches, the Nightstalkers and the Midnight Sons. In her first attempt, she and most of her children were killed.[volume & issue needed] Many months later, her children were reborn with the assistance of Meatmarket, a child that Lilith did not expect would help her. This time, they are allied with Centurious the Soulless Man.[22] Their goal was to claim the mystical artifact called the Medallion of Power, and kill its inheritors, Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch, and Vengeance. Lilith and her offspring betrayed Centurious and allied with his most hated enemy, Zarathos. However, the Midnight Sons banished Lilith and her offspring to the Shadowside.[volume & issue needed] Zarathos was later turned into stone and killed. Lilith returned to the stony Zarathos, saying she abandoned her old offspring and replaced it with his offspring, promising vengeance for the both of them.[volume & issue needed]

Lilith was one of several demonic beings imprisoned within Avalon at the start of the Secret Invasion, but was then freed by Pete Wisdom during Captain Britain and MI3's battle with the Skrulls.[23] Lilith subsequently joins Satannish and the other freed creatures in killing the invading Skrulls, after hearing them state that any magical creatures that do not serve the Skrulls will not be tolerated.[24] She later joins Dracula's inner circle as he plans to invade the United Kingdom.[25]

Powers and abilities

Lilith is widely described as one of the most magically skilled demons in the Marvel Universe; regarded as both a sorceress and a goddess. She is able to manipulate eldritch energy for several effects; to strike her opponents and even obliterate them when she exerts her full power on lesser creatures, conjure protective shields capable of protecting vampires from sunlight, fashion new Lilin either from nothingness or by converting other creatures, and to teleport herself or summon others. She is far more powerful and resilient than any of her children, making her a considerable challenge for the likes of the Ghost Rider. Additionally, she is able to summon her demon children to Earth and the more demons she "births", the more her physical strength increases.

Through her genesis-based attributes Lilith can literally give birth to countless races beyond those of the demonic Lilin; ranging from humans to mutants and mystical beasts, etc.[26] She can just as easily revitalize any of her fallen brood through the act of rebirthing after they die. She does so either through natural copulative procreation, consuming prior offspring, conjuring them out of nothingness, conversion of other species or through asexual reproduction. Her power also enables her to transmigrate living souls consumed into new entities, respawning them as any given species she desires at a later date in time. She can even rebirth herself, as her prior forms often burn out over the course of time, into a younger, stronger body than the last.[27]

In other media


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  4. ^ Giant-Size Chillers featuring The Curse of Dracula #1 (June 1974)
  5. ^ The Tomb of Dracula (vol. 2) #5 (June 1980)
  6. ^ The Tomb of Dracula #66-67 (September–November 1978)
  7. ^ Doctor Strange (vol. 2) #62 (December 1983)
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  14. ^ Spirits of Vengeance #1
  15. ^ Morbius #1
  16. ^ Spirits of Vengeance #2
  17. ^ Ghost Rider (vol. 3) #30
  18. ^ Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins #1
  19. ^ Spirits of Vengeance #3
  20. ^ Nightstalkers #1
  21. ^ Ghost Rider (vol. 3) #31
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