Comments on: Arrowsmith #1 Where to find out what's really good. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:20:15 +0000 hourly 1 By: JD Sun, 10 Jun 2012 12:57:41 +0000 The background idea of Arrowsmith is very similar to the Anno Dracula (the Bloody Red Baron) written by Kim Newman in 1995, near ten years before Busiek’s Arrowsmith but I can’t recall mention ever being made of this in any review. Can’t think why not, credit where credit’s due?

Anno Dracula is an alternate history of what happened after the end of Bram Stoker’s original novel,in the 2nd book the Count plunges Europe into WWI, he is on the side of Germany but vampires of various bloodlines fight on both sides. Some of the vampires of Dracula’s bloodline have shape-shifting powers so von Richtoven & German aces Jagdeschwader Eins are giant bat monsters weilding heavy machine guns opposed by British flying aces. The books are littered with real & fictional historical figures from the Victorian/Edwardian period (incl Jeckyll, Moreau, Mata Hari, Biggles, Albert Ball, Mycroft Holmes etc) so might also be considered as the inspiration for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. There’s even a character called Dr Arrowsmith, believe it or not.