The vampire hunter gets the big book treatment…
The MCU’s Blade is due out in 2024 and Marvel Comics is getting a jump start with Blade: The Early Years Omnibus, coming in November.
Dig the official solicitation:
BLADE: THE EARLY YEARS OMNIBUS HC WILKINS COVER
Written by MARV WOLFMAN with CHRIS CLAREMONT, STEVE GERBER, ROGER STERN & MARC MCLAURIN
Penciled by GENE COLAN with TONY DEZUNIGA, RICO RIVAL, P. CRAIG RUSSELL, DAN GREEN, STEVE LEIALOHA & MALCOLM DAVIS
Covers by DAVE WILKINS, GIL KANE & GRAY MORROW
Blade hit the comics scene in the 1970s — a time when horror movies were all the rage and Black cinema was introducing bold new action heroes who defied authority. Blade immediately changed the stakes of Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan’s TOMB OF DRACULA, bringing a sense of unstoppable determination as he pursued Deacon Frost, the vampire who killed his mother. And if a few other vampires died along the way, all the better! This Omnibus collects, for the first time, Blade’s complete early adventures: from his influential role in TOMB OF DRACULA to his 1970s solo stories and his climactic battle against Dracula alongside Doctor Strange! Collecting TOMB OF DRACULA (1972) #10, #12-14, #24, #30, #41-43, #45, #51, #53 and #58; MARVEL PREVIEW #3; FEAR #24; and DOCTOR STRANGE (1974) #61-62 and #67 — plus material from TOMB OF DRACULA (1972) #17-19, #21, #44, #46-50 and #52; VAMPIRE TALES #8-9; MARVEL PREVIEW #8; and MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #64.
A few thoughts:
— There will also be a Gil Kane cover for the direct market…
— … as well as a cover by Gray Morrow, from the black-and-white mag Marvel Preview #3:
— The omnibus runs 472 pages and lists for $100. It’s due Nov. 15, 2023 and carries a “parental advisory.”
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