With director Ryan Coogler's Black Panther currently crushing it at the box office, now's the perfect time to take a look at another kickass black Marvel superhero that sort of made a movie about Black Panther possible today: Blade.
SYFY WIRE's Dany Roth takes us for a deep dive into the character's comic book and cinematic history in two minutes, so be prepared to take a bite out of our Blade retrospective.
Created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan, Blade (real name Eric Brooks) first appeared as a supporting character in the pages of The Tomb of Dracula #10 back in 1973. He was originally a British vampire slayer who became immune to vampirism when his mother was bitten by Deacon Frost while she was pregnant with him.
The Daywalker rose to prominence in the early 1990s with Ghost Rider: Rise of the Midnight Sons when he was paired with other darker Marvel characters such as Ghost Rider, Morbius the Living Vampire, and the Nightstalkers. Blade also headlined several of his own solo comic book series.
The character made his big screen debut in 1998's Blade under the direction of Stephen Norrington (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), with Wesley Snipes (who once tried to make a Black Panther movie) starring in the role of the now-American half-vampire. A sequel, Blade II, was released four years later with a pre-Hellboy Guillermo del Toro at the helm, and Blade: Trinity sank its teeth into movie theaters in 2004.
There was even a short-lived TV series which was based on the films. Taking place after the third Blade movie, Blade: The Series starred Kirk 'Sticky Fingaz' Jones as the titular character and aired between June and September 2006.
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Additional material by Nathalie Caron.