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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Morbius Key Issue Comics Part 2

This is the last part to this Morbius key issue comics list. If you missed Part 1, just click the link to go back. Otherwise, hope you enjoy Part 2.

1st meeting of Morbius & Werewolf by Night

One of the first, if not the first, monster heroes from the horror genre that Morbius would come across is none other than Werewolf by Night. He would also have a long association with the howling beast and be a member of some teams that Werewolf by Night was also a member of.

So considering the horror/super-nature genre of Marvel Comics, this is an important 1st meeting between the two. As most fans know, both characters would be members of the Legion of Monsters and the Midnight Sons.

1st meeting of Morbius and Werewolf by Night, Giant-Size Werewolf #4 has the cover date of April, 1975.

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Last issue to series
Morbius turns Martine Bancroft into a vampire

Alright, I completely forgot to talk about Martine Bancroft, who is a supporting character for Morbius. She actually appeared in flashback in Amazing Spider-Man #102, which details the origin of Morbius.

So Maritine Bancroft is or was the fiance of Michael Morbius before he vamped out. Issue #30 sees Martine being bitten by a female vampire, and becoming one.

She would be cured of this by Morbius in this last issue, but since Morbius is a tragic character, it turns out that Morbius cannot control his bloodlust and feeds off her. So, in the end, it would be Morbius who would damn his lover into permanent darkness

Martine Bancroft would be a supporting character in his own titled series as well during the 90s. Simon Stroud is a supporting character in the Morbius feature in Fear starting with issue #27, which actually starts this story line.

Fear #31 has the cover date of December, 1975.

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1st appearance of Legion of Monsters
1st meeting of Morbius & Ghost Rider
1st meeting of Morbius & Man-Thing

Hell, why not get all the popular Marvel monster heroes of the Bronze Age to form a team? Sounds like a good idea.

This comic would actually start a trend for the characters of Morbius, Ghost Rider, and Werewolf by Night. As most fans know they would be part of The Nine or more commonly known as the Midnight Sons.

Before that, though, these three were members of the Legion of Monsters, and the original line up was Ghost Rider, Werewolf by Night, Man-Thing, and Morbius. The Legion of Monsters first appeared in this issue here, and they would disband after this issue as well.

However, under Morbius, the team would resurface in 2010, and the membership would later grow to include Satana, Living Mummy, Frankencastle and Manphibian. Marvel Premiere #28 has the cover date of February, 1976.

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First cameo appearance of Nightstalkers
First cameo appearance of Lilith
First cameo appearance of Midnight Sons
First cameo appearance of Darkhold Redeemers
I could be wrong about this, but I think this is the Nightstalkers first cameo appearance. First, Frank Drake, Hannibal King, and Blade are seen only in a vision in this issue. They do not make a real appearance and are only seen briefly.

Also, they are not named just yet as the group or do they officially form in this issue under the group. Once again, I could be wrong since the Teen Titans in DC Comics Presents #26 were only seen in vision by Raven, but the team was seen a lot more in that comic story to warrant it as the New Teen Titans first appearance.

As for being unnamed, that isn't much of a locking factor either since the original Teen Titans first appearance in Brave and the Bold #54 is still regarded as their first appearance even though they are not named. Of course, that's being debated with Brave and the Bold #60 in which they are named and actually have all four members of Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Robin, and Speedy.

So, I think this is a first cameo appearance of the Nightstalkers in Ghostrider #28 volume 2. Could be wrong, might be right. Since they are not seen very long in the comic at all, I'm going to stick with that until the powers in the industry label it otherwise.

As for Lilith and the Midnight Sons, they are all also seen in visions and briefly, so I'm considering their first appearances as cameos or brief first appearances as well. Just taking a stab here and these may not be firsts at all but considered just plain cameos. August, 1992 was when this was printed.

1st issue to 1st self-titled comic series

Yeah, it would take this long in order for Morbius to get his own headlining and on-going series. The issue was part of the Rise of the Midnight Sons cross-over event that brought together Marvel's more popular of occult and monster comic characters.

Would just be plain wrong not to have Morbius among them. So, first issue to this comic series, but the series still failed to produce any remarkable or iconic recurring villains or supporting characters for Morbius.

Martine Bancroft is a supporting character for Morbius in this comic series, as is Simon Shroud. This comic series was cancelled after 32 issues, and Morbius the Living Vampire #1 has the cover date of September, 1992.

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1st full appearance of Midnight Sons

Aside from having a pretty darn cool looking cover by Andy and Joe Kubert, Ghost Rider #31 from the 3rd series also sees the first full appearance of the Midnight Sons. These Nine chosen warriors were brought together by Doctor Strange to defeat Lilith, who first appeared in Ghost Rider #28 of the same comic series.

The Order of the Midnight Sons would soon disband afterwards, but they did regroup later under Morbius in order to fight zombies in Marvel's Zombies 4 comic series. The Midnight Sons in that comic series were Morbius, Werewolf by Night, Jennifer Kale, and Hellstorm.

Ghost Rider #31 volume 3 has the cover date of November, 1992.

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 1st appearance of Vic Slaughter

In this comic series, Vic Slaughter was one of the big bads. He would also pop up in a few Wolverine issues and the Nightstalker series as well.

This is Vic Slaughter's 1st appearance, and in this issue, he is still a mere mortal. Actually, he's an assassin hired by Simon Shroud to kill Morbius.

Oh, the fate that awaits this character when he and his men track Morbius to a cemetery in the next issue after #6. In short, he is bitten by Morbius, and Morbius would break his arms and legs and bury the fool alive. Slaughter would be turned into a vampire a few issues after this one, but before that, he would crawl out of his grave and somehow end up in the hospital.

February, 1993 is the cover date for Morbius the Living Vampire #6.

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1st appearance of Vic Slaughter as vampire

Toted as The 1st Son of Morbius, Vic Slaughter finally wakes up at the hospital and kills his first victim - a nurse. Slaughter is considered a pseudo-vampire, and because he's not really a vampire, he is not vulnerable to sunlight or wooden stakes through the heart.

So, he's Daywalker like Blade, but Slaughter has super-human strength and regenerative powers. Morbius the Living Vampire #9 has the cover date of May, 1993.

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1st issue to on-going series

Alright, this is going to be the last key issue on this list, and it's basically a 1st issue to a new Morbius titled series. It only lasted 9 issues.

There are a few first appearances in this issue. A character named Wanda Evans is a main supporting character in this short-lived series, but she's pretty much a very minor character. 

Morbius the Living Vampire #1 from the 2nd series has a cover date of March, 2013. Estimated print run is 43,883.

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As expected, this is a short-lived key issues list, and it was requested. However, I don't see that many important characters that the Morbius mythos produced, so this key issues list ends here.

Not really many surprises and Morbius is often paired with other super-natural or occult characters like Werewolf by Night and Ghost Rider. His main teams is the Legion of Monsters and the Midnight Sons. 

Happy Hunting, and see ya soon for more comic goodness.

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