|Drak, Howler and Frankie.
That was the focus of Drak Pack.
The relatives of legendary Universal Monsters Count Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolfman had banded
together to use their inherited supernatural abilities to save the world and
atone for the misdeeds of their predecessors. The Pack was led by Drak (called
Drak, Jr. in the opening sequence and voiced by Jerry Dexter in an
impersonation of Don Adams),
who could fly, change his shape, walk on walls and possessed telekinesis. Along
with Dexter’s impression of Adams as Drak’s voice, the series often made
frequent references to Adams’ well-known show, Get Smart.
|The Pack's human forms.
The rest of the Pack included Frankie, who had superhuman strength and could
release electrical charges, and Howler, who had super breath (ala The Three Little Pigs) and an ultrasonic howl. Both were voiced
by William Callaway, who gave Frankie a Southern accent. Most of the time, they
appeared as ordinary humans until they slapped their right hands together and
shouted “Whack ‘em!”, unleashing their monstrous alter-egos in a stock
transformation sequence. Their primary mode of transportation was an amphibious
flying car called The Drakster. The founder of the team and chief advisor was
Dracula himself, referred to as “Big D” (Alan Oppenheimer, in an exaggeration
of Bela Lugosi’s iconic
portrayal of the character). Although not exactly the same, one can find many
comparisons between this show and the Monster Squad from four years prior.
|Meet the bad guys: Fly, Toad, Dr. Dred, Vampiria and Mummyman.
Their main foe was the evil genius Dr. Dred (Hans Conried), who would
develop devices to either take down the Pack or do something horrible to the
world. He ran the organization OGRE (The Organization for Generally Rotten
Enterprises [or Endeavors in some episodes]) comprised of his henchmen Toad
(Don Messick impersonating Peter
Lorre, whom Toad resembled), Dred’s right hand who often unwittingly aided
the Pack; Fly (Messick), a humanoid fly; Mummyman (Chuck McCann), a reanimated
mummy with super strength and an endless supply of wrappings; and Vampira
(Julie McWhirter, impersonating Eva
Gabor), who had abilities similar to Drak’s as well as a crush on him. When
not holed up on their artificial island Dredquarters (sometimes Drednought),
they could be found heading towards their next target in their airship, The
Dredgible. Often, Dred would set up a meeting with Drak in order to gloat about
his pending scheme and to challenge the Pack to stop him.
|That's a wrap.
Originally posted in 2015. Updated in 2020.