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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Blade Key Comic Book Issues Part 3


The 3rd part to this Black key issues will definitely have some key comic book issues that are under the radar, not too well-known, or just flat-out unwanted keys majority wise. Over-all they are interesting keys pertaining to Blade or his supporting cast, but quite a few in Part 3 will be cheap buys.

If you missed Part 2, click the link to go back. Otherwise, here's more Blade key issue comics.




GIANT-SIZE DRACULA #2
First appearance of Kate Fraser

This hottie Scotland Yard detective with limited psychic abilities has helped Blade on occasion against the legion of the damned as well Quincy Harker and his vampire hunters track Dracula. Pretty much a minor character and was also a supporting character for early Captain Britain comics also.

Giant-Size Dracula #2 has the first appearance of Kate Fraser and was published September, 1974.

eBay - Quite a few copies on the mighty eBay for this issue and some raw copies are claiming to be high grade. No slabbed or CGC copies yet.

mycomicshop - Three raw copies in stock with the highest only being a FN. The other two copies are a VG/FN and a VG.

NewKadia - Three copies here only and the highest is a VF minus, followed by a FN+ and a GD.

ComicLink - Only one copy and it's a CGC 9.4 NM slabbed copy.




VAMPIRE TALES #8
First Blade solo story
First appearance of the Unnamed Leader

In the story Beware of the Legions, our vampire hunter hero gets his first solo story and goes up against the Legion of the Dead in Vampire Tales #8.

The Unnamed Leader is a pretty minor character and only had a few appearances. He drank from Blade's blood and tried to make Blade a slave that would destroy Quincy Harker and his vampire hunters. His real name is Anton Vierken.

The publishing date for this comic is December, 1974. 

eBay - Only a few copies concerning raw copies. On the CGC front, there is one copy though. It's a CGC 9.8.

NewKadia - One copy only and it's a low NM or NM minus.

mycomicshop - Only one raw copy here, and it's a FN and in stock.

ComicLink - Only one copy here, but it's a CGC 9.8 as well.




MARVEL PREVIEW #3
First appearance of Jamal Afari
First appearance of Dai Thomas
Death of Unnamed Leader

This story in Marvel Preview #3 concerning Blade is an origin story itself and sheds light on Blade's early years before he became a vampire hunter. Jamal Afari is the mentor who helped raise Eric Brooks and taught him how to slay vampires. This comic shows the origin of how the two met when Eric was still a child at the age of nine.

Dai Thomas is a British police detective who blamed superheroes for the death of his wife. He often came in contact with the local heroes like Captain Britain and Blade as well.

As stated in the previous listing, the Unnamed Leader doesn't last very long and Blade tracks him down and slays him in this issue. 

The first appearance of Jamal Afari and Dai Thomas in Marvel Preview #3 was published September, 1975.

eBay - Pretty limited selection here. Only one CGC 7.0 FN/VF, but there are a few raw copies as well.

mycomicshop - Only one raw copy in stock and it's a FN minus or low FN.




TOMB OF DRACULA #44
Dr. Strange crosses over
2nd appearance of Hannibal King
First appearance of Hannibal King as vampire

In case you're wondering why in the heck this Dr. Strange crossover is important in Marvel's mythos of Blade and Vlad Dracula, it is because Dr. Strange would become a pivotal character in the fight against all vampires.

Yep, Stephen Strange would be a later ally of Blade and Quincy Harker's vampire hunters in their war against the undead. We'll see what's up with that in the issues to come in this Blade key comic book issues list.

Another important key issue element in Tomb of Dracula #44 is the 2nd appearance of Hannibal King. At the very end of this issue, Blade discovers that Hannibal King has been turned into a vampire. May, 1976 was when this comic was published, and the story where Strange and Dracula duke it out is continued in Doctor Strange #14 volume 2.

eBay - Quite a few raw copies here. Some unslabbed copies appear to be in high grades. Three CGC copies and two are the 30 cent variants. Regular copy is a CGC 9.4 NM Signature Series signed by Stan Lee.

mycomicshop - Two raw copies here with the first one a FN+ and the other copy a FN minus.

NewKadia - We got four copies here. Highest is a NM minus and the 2nd highest is a VF. Last two options are a VF minus and a FN+.





DOCTOR STRANGE #61 VOLUME 2
First meeting between Blade and Doctor Strange

Wow, it would take quite a bit of time before Blade and Doctor Strange would officially meet in the Marvel Universe, but this good ole late Bronze Age sees this happening. Doctor Strange #61 is part of a connected storyline that runs from #58 through #62 in which Dracula would try cause the world to fall under the Darkhold.

Apparently the Darkhold, or Book of Sins, is responsible for some crazy shit in the world of Marvel Comics. Apparently the Elder God, Chthon, was Earth's first practitioner of Black Magic and wrote the Darkhold.

Apparently, the Darkholders used the Darkhold to create the world's first vampires sometime later. Also, the Darkhold is apparently responsible for the curse of the werewolf also, and actually first appeared with the character Werewolf By Night in Marvel Spotlight #4.

Marvel greatly connected their supernatural characters together with such elements, and there's no reason why these characters could not be connected to each other in a cinematic universe later down the road. Really some great stuff and would personally love to see these characters of Blade, Werewolf by Night, Dracula, and Doctor Strange connect on the silver screen.

May be a long shot, but it's plausible. October, 1983 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Few raw copies, but the selection isn't great. No CGC as of yet. Pretty minor key issue that's not in demand right now.

NewKadia - VF+ and a FN copy are here at the moment.

mycomicshop - VF, FN and a VG are the only copies here at the moment. All are in stock.





DOCTOR STRANGE #62 VOLUME 2
Death of Dracula
Doctor Strange uses Montesi Formula

Joining up with Blade and Quincy Harker's vampire hunters, Doctor Strange uncovers some weird things about the Darkhold. The very spell that created vampires can also kill them as well. Ironic.

Actually, the Montesi Formula, basically a spell, is only temporary. Once it is broken, all vampires will be resurrected again. Go figure, but here is where Stephen Strange uses the Montesi Formula to vanquish all vampire on Earth, at least for a little while.

December, 1983 was when Doctor Strange #62 from volume 2 was published.

eBay - Quite a few copies and should be pretty cheap buys. No CGC or slabbed copies as expected since this key issue isn't that well-known or wanted at the moment.

mycomicshop - VF and FN copies here. Both are raw and in stock.

NewKadia - VF+, FN+ and a FN minus are the only copies here for this issue at the moment.




We are nearing the end to this Blade key issues part series. One more last part to go, but it will be a short one. As you can see, we are entering into some not well-known or very wanted keys in the Copper Age. There will be a few in Part 4.

Click the PREVIOUS link to go back, and click the PART 4 link to continue to the last part of this Blade key comic book issues series.



5 comments:

  1. Love the list! A couple years ago I bought a copy of Marvel Preview 3. The cover art is great on that! I've been trying to collect more Blade books lately, since I dig the character. Also managed to grab his first appearance at a con a couple years back.

    Keep up the great work!

    --Jeff

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    1. Heya Jeff, thanks and very cool on getting Marvel Preview #3 and Blade's first appearance. I did forget TOD #45, Deacon Frost's first full appearance on here, but corrected it.

      I'll do my best. Thanks for commenting and great to hear from ya.

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