...from the HTF first issue of Gothic Tales of Love (1975)!
Legend of the Seventh Virgin by Victoria Holt (pseudonym of writer Eleanor Hibbert) was initially-published in 1964.
It was the fourth in a series of thirty-two stand-alone Gothic novels by the prolific author.
By the time this premiere issue of Marvel's Gothic Tales of Love appeared in 1971, Legend... was a certified best-seller and considered a classic of the genre...
So, presenting a condensed version of the novel was a clever marketing tool to boost sales of the new magazine.
Note: With over two hundred books credited to her various pen-names, Eleanor never published a single book under her married name, though she had numerous stand-alone novels and several novel series under her maiden name, Eleanor Burford (all of which were written after she married)!
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