Occupation: Now vampire hunter, Former private investigator.
Identity: Publicly known
Legal status: Citizenship unrevealed, no known criminal
Place of birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Mother (depicted but name unrevealed,
Group affiliation: None, formerly the Midnight Sons,
formerly a partner in the private investigation firm of King,
Drake, and Blade, former ally of Quincy Harker
Base of operations: Mobile
First appearance: TOMB OF DRACULA (first series) # 10
History: The man known only as Blade came into the world
an orphan. Bitten while in labor by the vampire Deacon Frost,
his mother died during childbirth. Blade was taken in and raised
by his mother's friends. Determined to avenge her death, he
fashioned himself into a vampire hunter even before he reached
stalking the night on his own for a number of years, Blade became
leader of a small band of like-minded individuals hunting Dracula.
He first encountered the dark lord in Japan, after many months
of searching. Blade lured Dracula into an ambush, and the vampire
was slain with a wooden stake. However, Dracula soon was resurrected
by his servants and exacted revenge by murdering Blade's entire
band of vampire hunters.
pressed on, often fighting alongside a team led by Quincy Harker,
the great vampire hunter. The company's members included Rachael
Van Hesling and Frank Drake. Later, Blade teamed with vampiric
private eye Hannibal King to hunt down and destroy Frost. Blade,
King and Drake helped Dr. Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts
and Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, cast a spell that destroyed Dracula
and all the vampires on the planet. Following their victory,
King was cured of his vampirism. Subsequently, he and Blade
formed a private-investigation firm.
mother of all demons, Lilith, hired Blade's agency to kill Ghost
Rider -- the leather-clad, motorcycle-riding Spirit of Vengeance
-- and bad-boy John Blaze, the fiery skeleton's former host.
After a protracted battle, Blade and company realized they had
been duped. The team joined with Ghost Rider and Blaze against
Lilith, battling her monstrous minion Meatmarket. Blade, Drake
and King continued their partnership with Ghost Rider and Blaze.
Along with Dr. Strange, Morbius the Living Vampire and the Darkhold
Redeemers, they formed the Midnight Sons, a group dedicated
to preserving the boundaries between our world and the dark
realms. The Midnight Sons clashed with Lilith and her demonspawn,
Lilin, in a supernatural contest with Earth as the prize. The
Midnight Sons proved victorious, destroying Lilith and her brood.
the team was unable to prevent its hated quarry, the vampire,
from returning to the Earth realm. Blade, Drake and King, who
again had become afflicted with vampirism, began their crusade
anew to cleanse the world of all bloodsuckers. Blade and his
partners clashed with dread lord Varnae -- supposedly the first
vampire, the demon who had visited this hellish curse upon men.
King and Drake were slain in a bloody and futile battle. The
loss of his compatriots only strengthened Blade's resolve to
rid the world of vampires, regardless of the circumstances of
6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 180 lbs.
Level: Blade possesses the normal human strength of a man
his age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular
Known SuperhumanPowers: Due to the fact that his mother
was bitten by a vampire while giving birth to him, Blade was
born with an enzyme in his bloodstream that came from the vampire's
own blood. As a result, Blade is immune to the supernatural
effects of vampire bites: a vampire's bite would cause him no
more ill effects than a similar injury caused by other means.
It is unclear whether or not Blade is immune to being hypnotized
by a vampire through eye contact.
Abilities: Blade is a master in the use of small bladed
weapons and can hurl knives with great accuracy. He is also
a good hand-to-hand combatant.
Blade's favorite weapons are small knives made of teak wood.
He could slay a vampire by peircing his or her heart with a