Collecting the Living Vampire!
Despite Leto's casting and the success of Venom, Morbius has largely flown under the radar, at least from a speculative angle. The announcement of Crown/Hunger ( is this confirmed? ) has created some interest in one of the worst covers ever from Marvel! But beyond that there just hasn't been a lot of buzz. I really hope that changes because Morbius is a fascinating character who's film debut could spark the adaptation of many other Marvel characters, hopefully establishing a successful horror corner of the MCU.
This week I have decided to focus on Morbius keys and other issues collectors and speculators might want to consider beyond ASM 101 and it's reprint.
First appearance of Martine Bancroft & Emil Nikos
Supporting characters don't usually blow up the spec market but this books is also the second appearance of Morbius. Morbius's love interest has been confirmed and it's likely his partner will be in the film too.
There is nothing like a rare foreign reprint of a classic first/first cover to get me excited. This one could have been had off Ebay under 75 recently. Now…good luck.
First Foreign appearance of Morbius
In October 1973 Marvel published the first appearances of Morbius in this oversized UK title. I love these books because part of the fun is looking for high grade, rare first foreign appearances.
First appearance of Morbius outside of Spider-Man
First appearance of the Legion of Monsters
The Legion of Monsters is something every horror comics fan would love to see on the big screen. This books is already a must have among Marvel horror fans
and it's UK Pence cover counterpart,
First Solo Morbius story
There are going to a fair amount of magazine sized books on this list. In the past buyers often thumb their nose as these comics because bagging, boarding and storing them can be a hassle. Well I hope Batman the Damned has changed the thinking on this. In my opinion everyone should have a healthy magazine sized comic collection!
Origin of Morbius
Not only is this an awesome Maroto cover but it features the origin of the Morbius!
Morbius gets a long run in this series which ends at issue 31
Here is another incredible bronze age cover. These books can be difficult to find in high grade thanks to the binding.
Here's a forgotten Gil Kane Morbius cover that I really dig.
Some covers are just too good to pass up. This Bob Larkin masterpiece is a must own.
First new format
Here's a UK book with a lot going for it, Spidey, X-Men and Morbius all on the cover and a Spider-Man poster inside!!!
Yes another badass cover, this time a Blade vs Morbius by Barr!
Often overlooked as a reprint this issue actually features new pages and retouched art from Marvel Team-Up 3.
These UK mags reprint some of the best of Morbius and they are not easy to locate.
and it's foreign counterpart, Spectacular Spider-Man Weekly 375
This cover rules, the narrative not so much. Once again newsstands only, this one is NOT rare.
No one should miss an opportunity to buy MacFarlane drawing the Living Vampire! This issue continues to be a fan favorite for good reason. As with most books from this run it's just too common.
First appearance of the Midnight Sons
This issue has such a huge print run that the only covers that interest me are this pricing variant and possible a bagged newsstand in mint.
Issue 1 of Morbius's solo series was massively overprinted and even newsstands are to be avoided but this foreign reprint is at least rare.
Last issues tend to be rare. This forgettable series isn't something speculators should waste their time on unless plot details or castings end up connecting to certain issues. Look for a newsstand on this one as well.
Here an a great unknown cover by Isherwood.
You can't beat a great Venom cover ( slime included! ). Morbius appears with Venom which was apparently common in this era (see Maximum Carnage).
Not only does Morbius appear in this comic but this book is an early pre-GOTG movie Groot appearance! It also contains a Brother Voodoo mask and has a sick Balent cover!
OK so Morbius does appear but I'm picking this mess of a book for the strap on unicorn armor!
Yet another great cover, this time by John Estes.
This is one of Land's best horror covers.
OK so this Marko Djurdjevic might be my all time favorite Blade cover and yes Morbius appears!
Um Living Mummy, Man-Thing, Werewolf by Night, Frankencastle and Morbius on a cover? Yes please.
Dell'Otto does justice to the Living Vampire and the newsstand is super rare!
The final issue of the series has a killer Marco Checchetto cover.