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Published January 14, 2020

Meet Morbius

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Here’s what you need to know about Dr. Michael Morbius, biochemist-turned-bloodsucker. After years of experimentation to eliminate his rare blood disease, Morbius gained a Nobel Prize and a cure… plus an acute case of vampirism. The side effects to his cutting edge treatment? Enhanced senses, an aversion to light, and an insatiable thirst for blood. He can’t be felled by any mystical objects though, as he’s more scientific than supernatural.

Looking for the full comics breakdown of must-read Morbius moments? Look no further than our complete Reading Guide, or try any of the comics below.

“HOW I BECAME A DEAD VAMPIRE”

How To: Vampire

Start here for the origin! The line between hero and villain becomes brutally and bloodily blurred in Morbius’ solo series. Shunning society, a homeless, on the skids Morbius hits rock bottom while he seeks continuous nourishment for a never-ending hunger.

Morbius: The Living Vampire (2013) #1

Morbius: The Living Vampire (2013) #1

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FIRST APPEARANCE

First Appearance
Artist Gil Kane and letterer Artie Simek bring the Ka-Pow!

Read through issue #102! In his introductory arc, we learn the delicate balance between Morbius’ impulse and control, when he sees a snack in six-armed Spider-Man… and dives in fangs first! Right off the bat though, we get a sense that there’s a truly tragic backstory at play.

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #101

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #101

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THE POWER TO PURGE

Read through MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #4 for the X-Men’s cameo! Weakened from his last rumble with Spider-Man and the Lizard, Morbius lashes out once more, indiscriminately attacking New York’s night owls. Spider-Man, of course, can’t let that slide, and he gets an assist from the Fantastic Four’s Human Torch to subdue this sanguine sitch.

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #3

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #3

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“EVERY NATION RUNS ON BLOOD”

Domino
Domino (2018) #8.

Up against the “King of Vampires”, Morbius seeks aid (and sustenance) from X-Woman Domino and her crew of mercenaries, Diamondback and Outlaw. On a beachy trip to Barcelona, the foursome head beneath the ocean’s surface to come face-to-face with this monster of the deep… Oh, there’s also a vampire hunter hot on their trail. Read through issue #8!

Domino (2018) #7

Domino (2018) #7

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IN COLD BLOOD

A fully mad Morbius attempts to “cure” the Lizard by reverting Curt Connors back to his human form. Of course, untested science is always a no-brainer bad idea in comic books, and Morbius ends up creating a small army of vampire-lizard beings as hungry for blood as their creator. Read through issue #691!

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #688

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #688

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WITHDRAWAL

Legion of Monsters

In a gorgeously Gothic tale, creators Brendan Cahill and Michael Gaydos take Morbius through the deepest depths of terrifying addiction in a fully painted horror!

Legion of Monsters: Morbius (2007) #1

Legion of Monsters: Morbius (2007) #1

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Rise of the Midnight Sons
Artist Ron Wagner!

Try the event’s Reading List! Morbius joins Ghost Riders Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch, along with vampire-slayer Blade and the Darkhold Redeemers, in the fight against Lilith, Mother of Demons! But as this terror-inducing crew targets Lilith’s overrun progeny, they draw closer to their truest natures... And in Morbius’ case, that “nature” is slightly off-putting to fiancée Martine Bancroft.

Morbius: The Living Vampire (1992) #1

Morbius: The Living Vampire (1992) #1

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Or has it even begun?

Try the full event! In this 90s fan-favorite, Spider-Man, Black Cat, Cloak, and Venom hit up the Living Vampire for help against Carnage and his kooky Carnage “fam”. Yep, things are that desperate. With Manhattan overrun by anarchy, Morbius’ unpredictable nature proves his greatest asset against Cletus Kasady and his ilk.

While we’re on the subject of Maximum Carnage, check out 14 Reasons Why you ought to try this criminally fun read!

Web of Spider-Man (1985) #102

Web of Spider-Man (1985) #102

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“THE BLOOD SACRIFICE”

Nostalgics and cinephiles will love this supernatural throwback featuring anthology tales of vampires, ghouls, and all manner of creatures who stalk the night. Morbius leads the pack, getting first bite in a black and white adventure.

Vampire Tales (1973) #1

Vampire Tales (1973) #1

    • publishedJul 32, 1973
    • added to marvel unlimitedNov 6, 2012
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NOT ALL BAD, BUT NOT GREAT EITHER…

Living Eraser
“Ya Blasted Leech!”

Flexing his anti-heroic potential, Morbius teams with the Fantastic Four’s Thing against the incredibly meta “Living Eraser”… after Morbius gives Ben’s now-wife Alicia Masters a major jump scare.

Marvel Two-in-One (1974) #15

Marvel Two-in-One (1974) #15

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