From Count Dracula to the bloodsuckers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, vampires are one of horror fiction's most enduring antagonists.
Ever since the publication of Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1897, vampires have been a genre mainstay - unceasingly popular in literature, movies and television of all shapes and sizes. There have been suave vampires and scary vampires, sparkly vampires and slobby vampires, vampire lovers and vampire enemies, vampire heroes and vampire villains.
Slightly less prolific is the comic book vampire. In a medium full of superpowers and brooding vigilantes, the humble vampire doesn't seem quite so special by comparison. Batman is essentially a vampire already. Who needs a little bloodlust on top of that?
Which isn't to say that comic book fiction doesn't have its vampire greats. From horror stories to cult classics and superhero books, vampires have infested many a comic book universe too - Marvel, DC and everywhere in-between.
So let's take a look at 10 of the best vampires in all of comics - hero, antihero and villain alike. Whether they've indulged in the bloodlust or not, one thing is for certain: none of them sparkle.
A film critic and professional writer of over ten years, Joel Harley has a deep and abiding love of all things horror, Batman and Nicolas Cage. He can be found writing online and in print, all over the Internet and in especially good bookstores.