Top 20 Black Superheroes

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No. 12: Blade (Eric Brooks) – Marvel Comics

Marvel’s Daywalker first staked his claim on comics and other media in Tomb of Dracula #10 (1973). In addition to Tomb of Dracula, Blade appeared in a number of Marvel’s black-and-white horror titles during the 1970s. Blade considers his crusade against vampires his ‘holy mission’.  Eric’s popularity during the 1990s soared; Blade co-starred in Nightstalkers and regularly appeared in various supernatural titles such as Ghost Rider and Midnight Sons Unlimited. Soon a series of Blade solo mini-series and one-shots were released. The 2000s brought forth a couple of short lived ongoing titles in 2002 and 2006.

In 2008 returned home to his native England when Eric joined the cast of Captain Britain and MI:13 in issue #5. Blade broke one of his taboos when he fell in love with Spitfire, a vampire superheroine and MI:13 comrade. Eric assumed the guise of Ronin (a superhero identity that has been used by multiple Marvel characters) when he joined the cast of Mighty Avengers #4 (2013). Eric made his return to pages of Marvel Comics in 2017, co-starring in Spirits of Vengeance.  Blade has appeared in three feature films (Blade, Blade II and Blade: Trinity) and a short-lived television series on Spike in 2006. Subsequently he has appeared in a number of animated series since the 1990s to include an anime series, Marvel Anime: Blade.

First Appearance: Tomb of Dracula #10 (1973)

Powers: A vampire/human hybrid who possess superhuman strength, speed, durability, agility and stamina. Blade also has a prolonged life, rabid healing and enhanced senses.

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Written by Mo Walker

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