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Again, coinciding with First Second Books’ Vampire Month, here’s the next in our alphabet of comic book vampires!
This is one of the major ones!
Morbius showed up in Amazing Spider-Man #101, one of the first examples of the loosening of the Comics Code guidelines (this also led to the Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf by Night, etc.)
Michael Morbius was a scientist who tried to cure a disease he had with some old fashioned Curt Conners style experimenting, and the result was that he became LIKE a vampire (without actually becoming a vampire).
He soon gained his own feature in Adventures of Fear…
In the 1990s, Morbius became a lot more of an actual vampire in the pages of his ongoing series (which was a major part of the Midnight Sons line of comics at Marvel).
Honestly, I don’t think nearly enough has been done with Morbius – the guy is really interesting, especially the way he has a lot of the same problems as vampires without TECHNICALLY being a vampire – and over the years, it seems writers have mostly tried to get AWAY from that uniqueness and make him more like a generic vampire.
I loved the way Roy Thomas and Gil Kane made him so distinct.
Recently, he showed up working for SHIELD against Blade – that was interesting, I’ll admit.
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