It is not hard to be lured into the web of DARK SHADOWS. The soap opera has proved itself by enduring well past its last air date and continues to attract a large fan base, even today. Monotonous dialogue (along with a surfeit of flubbed lines) was often punctuated by a Robert Cobert-scored brass forte that heralded something spooky was finally going to happen. However, boring chat couldn't stop me from running the mile-and-a-half home from school to catch Barnabas, the vampire, in the next episode. I think I speak for a lot of people that did the very same thing, right?
Among the sidelines inspired by the show was a weekday comic strip that was syndicated by King Features in many newspapers across the U.S. On Sundays would come the half-page, full-color strip.
Here is an example of a Sunday strip, in its original, drawn and inked form before reduction, colorizing and printing.
The massive 24" x 16" image was drawn by Ken Bald and appeared in its completed form on June 6, 1971.