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Published:September 30th, 2008 17:20 EST
Blade continues to stake vampires at 35 -- and counting!

Blade continues to stake vampires at 35 -- and counting!

By Garrett Godwin

The blood of a vampire
The skills of a warrior
The soul of an human
The heart of an hero

Created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan in 1973, the Marvel Comics character Blade emerges of one of the first and most popular African-American superheroes in the genre. A fearless vampire slayer, the DayWalker known as Blade leads the fight against the undead those preys on the innocent. His mother was bitten by a vampire while pregnant with him; she died in childbirth but Blade lived. He didn`t inherit the weaknesses of a vampire, but acquire all of their strengths -- and their thirst for blood. With the help of his mentor Whistler, Blade`s thirst now is to find and destroy every single vampire who ever walked on this Earth. Part vampire, part human, Blade is 100% hero.

The character first came to life onscreen in the Spider-Man cartoon series on FOX Kids during the mid-1990s, but strike out on his own on the big screen in 1998, with Wesley Snipes in the titular role.

Blade was a hit with both critics and comic book fans, becoming the #1 movie at the box office two weeks in a row and went on to grossed $70 million dollars domestically. Two other sequels followed (2002`s Blade II and 2004`s Blade: Trinity), along a 2006 TV series on Spike TV with rapper-actor Kirk "Sticky" Jones taking over the role. Despite a strong two-hour premiere, it was staked after only one season but the complete series is now available on DVD.

Blade is a tragedy: living in the gray area between the world of humans and the world of vampires, neither of which he doesn`t have a place with. Never at peace for who and what he is as well as what he does, his only place is to remain fighting against the forces of evil -- for it is his job, his purpose, his mission, his curse ... his life.