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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!



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.


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?


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?



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.

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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