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) #
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 adulthood.
After 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
Blade 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
The 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.
However, 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 their creation.
Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 180 lbs.
Strength Level: Blade possesses the normal
human strength of a man his age, height, and build who engages
in intensive regular exercise.
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.
Other 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.
Weapons: Blade's favorite weapons are
small knives made of teak wood. He could slay a vampire by
peircing his or her heart with a wooden blade.
NOTE: Wesley Snipes played
him in Blade the movies.