We never got Dark Shadows here in the UK, though let's face it, the idea of a daytime soap opera that happens to feature a vampire in it's cast is an easy sell for people like us, so I'm sure we would've loved it.
The newspaper strip came in 1971, and it's a solid piece, with lots of space given to the show's standout character, tortured vamp Barnabas Collins.
For those who missed the show, or who've yet to try it out on youtube, the Collins' family are a well-to-do matriarchal clan, lurking in their gloomy mansion of Collinwood, on the suitably windswept coast of Maine, New England.
Every one of them seems to harbour a terrible secret, including Barnabas of course, who tells everyone he's writing a history of the family and therefore mustn't be interrupted during daylight hours. It's he who can sense all the ghosts and ghouls wandering around Collinwood, and who must do something about all the weirdness surrounding them all.
The scripts are fine, if a bit slow, while the art is by Ken Bald, and is nicely grim and spooky in an early Bill Sienkewicz way, although it's obvious he was only supplied a handful of reference photos of actor Jonathan Frid as Barnabas, as the same poses show up again and again. Here's the intro story.