For my money, Blade has one of the most fascinating modern comics profiles of any Marvel hero. The vampire hunter and Midnight Son didn’t truly ascend to cult favorite status until the Wesley Snipes led Blade hit theaters in 1998.
Even with the nostalgic praise this early comic book movie trilogy elicits, Blade has still rarely found long-lasting presence in Marvel Comics. Although a seemingly perfect fit for the Marvel MAX line, Blade’s Max series is an underlooked rarity, and he’s bounced around the likes of comics such as Captain Britain, X-Men, and Mighty Avengers throughout the 2000’s.
Below you’ll find a guide to Blade comic books, from his rise in Tomb of Dracula to his return to a Midnight Sons lineup during Marvel Legacy.
Blade Comic Book Reading Order
Collects: Tomb Of Dracula (1972) 1-15, Dracula Lives! 1-4
Blade’s first appearance is in Tomb of Dracula #10, where the Daywalker, Eric Brooks, would become a regular supporting character hunting Dracula himself.
Collects: Tomb Of Dracula (1972) 16-25, Werewolf By Night (1972) 15, Giant-Size Spider-Man 1, Giant-Size Chillers 1, Giant-Size Dracula 2, Frankenstein 7-9, Dracula Lives 5-7
This is the extent of the collected Tomb of Dracula books at time of publication, but Blade diehards will want to continue with the remainder of the series (through issue #70).
Collects: Tomb Of Dracula (1972) #10, 24, 58; Blade: Crescent City Blues #1
Collects: Marvel Preview 3; Material From Marvel Preview 7-8, 12; Haunt Of Horror (1974) 1-2; Monsters Unleashed (1973) 3-9; Bizarre Adventures 25, 33
Collects: Vampire Tales #8-9, Marvel Preview #3 And #6, Blade: Crescent City Blues #1, And Marvel Shadows And Light #1
Blade and the Midnight Sons
Collects: Ghost Rider (1990) #28, 31; Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits Of Vengeance #1-6; Morbius: The Living Vampire (1992) #1; Darkhold: Pages From The Book Of Sins #1; Nightstalkers #1; Web Of Spider-Man (1985) #95-96 And Material From Midnight Sons Unlimited #1
As you might expect, Nightstalkers is the most Blade focused book in the Midnight Sons lineup!
Collects: Nightstalkers #1 To #18
The tagline of Nightstalkers is one tasty riff: “Blade joins Doctor Strange and Ghost Rider to combat growing vampiric evils.” The core Nightstalkers hunters are Blade, Frank Drake, and Hannibal King, you know, the private eye who focuses on vampires.
Collects: Blade (1994-1995) #1 To #10
Collects: Blade (1998) #1 To #3
Collects: Blade (1999) #1 To #6
Blade In The 2000’s
Collects: Blade #1 To #6
Collects: Tomb Of Dracula (2004) #1 To #4
Collects: Blade (2006) #1-6
Collects: Blade (2006) #7-12
Collects: Captain Britain And Mi13 #5-9
Collects: Captain Britain And Mi13 #10-15
Captain Britain and MI13 is an underrated Secret Invasion era gem, that I recommend all the way through, but this is the most Blade and Vampire focused part of the run.
Blade In The 2010’s
Collects: X-Men (2010) #1-6
Collects: X-Men: Curse Of The Mutants – Storm & Gambit, X-Men: Curse Of The Mutants – Smoke & Blood, X-Men: Curse Of The Mutants – Blade, X-Men Vs. Vampires #1-2 And Uncanny X-Men #159
Collects: Ultimate Avengers 3 #1-6
Collects: Mighty Avengers 1-3, 4.Inh-5.Inh
Collects: Mighty Avengers (2013) #6-10
Collects: Mighty Avengers (2013) #11-14
Collects: Secret Empire: Brave New World #1 To #5
There’s a Blade story in issue #5
Collects: Spirits Of Vengeance 1-5
Collects: Doctor Strange: Damnation #1-4, Damnation: Johnny Blaze — Ghost Rider #1, Doctor Strange (2015) #386-389, Iron Fist (2017) #78-80 And Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #15-17
Blade the M*^$%#&* Avenger
Collects: Avengers (2018) #13-17
Featuring special guest Avenger: Blade! Plus a story of Iron Fist 1 Million BC!
Collects: Avengers #21 to #25