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Comic Book Alphabet of Vampires – M

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!

Enjoy!

Morbius

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.

8 Comments

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 1, 2008 at 4:54 am

“Shall not the Alphabet of all the earth do right?”

GENESIS ch. 18, verse 25

Brian –

Nice write-up. But. Would you please get back to your “JUDGING BOOKS BY THEIR COVERS” feature?

SanctumSanctorumComix

June 1, 2008 at 6:33 am

[i]“Recently, he showed up working for SHIELD against Blade – that was interesting, I’ll admit.”[/i]

Might I ask WHERE this took place?
I know Blade has been popping up recently in Marvel Comics Presents… was it there?

Thanks.

~P~
P-TOR

Great project! I really enjoy reading about the vampires of the comics world

O yeah, i’ve read the Spider-Man 101, when it appeared in Germany a long time ago.
Thank you for reminding me. :-)

SanctumSanctorumComix – I believe it happened in Blade’s recent solo book, but don’t know th numbers of the issues (not much to pick from, #1-12).

My only favorite issue of Paul Jenkins’ Spectacular Spider-Man series (other than #27, his and Mark Buckingham’s farewell from the character) was #14 with artist Paolo Rivera and pitted Spidey against Morbius. It was more a story about the battle and Peter in the eyes of a disabled young man.
http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/spectacular-spider-man/14-1.jpg

Wasn’t Morbius created in to order to liberalize the code? My understanding was that he was created in such a way that he skirted the the definition of a vampire frowned upon by the code, which was vampiric creatures of a supernatural nature. Morbius’s scientific origins weren’t covered by the code and hence was able to slip past as a protest to the code’s conservative nature.

Yeah, I always thought that the whole “vampire-like scientifically-created, set apart from both humans and proper vampires” angle made him much more interesting, and moving him towards being just another generic vampire type was just a stupid squandering of the character’s potential. I suppose it was a response to one of those flare ups of interest in vampires that happen from time to time, but it was still just a waste of the character.

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