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 hunters.
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.