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Hannibal King (Marvel)

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As a human being, Hannibal King possesses the normal human strength of a man of his physical age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise. As a vampire, King's strength rivaled that of Dracula. King could lift (press) nearly 2,000 pounds.

Like all vampires, King had several limitations. He had to procure fresh blood in order to sustain his existence. He could not survive exposure to direct sunlight. Hence, he usually spent the daylight hours in a comatose state, although at least on one occasion he remained "awake" during the day, while safely shielded from direct sunlight. As a vampire, he could be destroyed by wood or silver thrust through his heart.

Hannibal King was a private investigator making a meager living and waiting for a case that would make his reputation when he was killed by a vampire named Deacon Frost. King's corpse lay in a morgue for three days and then he rose as a vampire. Horrified at what he had become, the strong-willed King refused to give in to his vampiric curse. Although he now needed to take the blood of others to survive, King never drained blood from any living being. Instead, he would buy supplies of blood and, if necessary, steal supplies of blood or even drain blood from corpses he found. King preferred not to use his vampiric powers, since he believed doing so was giving in to the curse. He continued to work as a private investigator, although now, due to his vampiric limitations, he could only travel freely at night.

King spent nearly five years as a vampire. During this time he clashed with the vampire lord Dracula, whom he refused to acknowledge as his master. Eventually, King joined forces with the vampire hunter Blade, and together they tracked down and destroyed Deacon Frost. At first Blade distrusted King, but as they worked together, King gained Blade's respect and friendship.

King investigated the death of a friend, Douglas Royce, which turned out to be connected with Dracula and the Darkholders, a cult of mystics who were then serving the vampire lord. King contacted Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange, for help and together they battled Dracula and the Darkholders. King then summoned Blade and Frank Drake, another vampire hunter. Strange had a plan to use the complete Montesi Formula, a spell within the ancient book of magic called the Darkhold, to destroy all of Earth's vampires forever. King agreed to participate in Strange's plan, although he knew that it would mean his own destruction. While Strange and Dracula fought in their astral forms, King, Blade, Drake, and Strange's servant Wong began performing the mystical ritual to destroy all of Earth's vampires. The spell weakened Dracula, and Doctor Strange, holding the Darkhold itself, cast the final spell that obliterated Dracula and led to the destruction of all vampires around the world. King himself was succumbing to the spell, but Strange, employing both mystical means and his medical skills (including giving King a complete blood transfusion), not only saved King's life but cured him of vampirism. King was now a normal human being once more.

It was only because King had never vampirically drained blood from any living being that he survived the spell that destroyed all other vampires on Earth.

Blade persuaded King to join himself and Drake in setting up a firm of private investigators in Boston. The firm of King, Drake, and Blade will handle investigations involving the occult and the three partners again joined forces with Doctor Strange in battling Darkholders. Also, King went to the West Coast for one case in which he rendered assistance to the Defenders, the occult investigators Daimon and Patsy Hellstrom, and the import/export expediters Cutlass and Typhoon.


First Appearance: Tomb of Dracula (1972) #25

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Issue Appearances:
Blade (2006)
Blade [One-Shot] (1998)
Blade: Black & White (2004)
Blade: Nightstalking (2005)
Blade: The Vampire-Hunter (1994)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
Doctor Strange (1974)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
Dr. Strange vs. Dracula (1994)
Gene Colan Tribute Book (2008)
Ghost Rider (1990)
Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance (1992)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Midnight Sons Unlimited (1993)
Morbius: The Living Vampire (1992)
Nightstalkers (1992)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Horror 2005 (2005)
Silver Surfer vs. Dracula (1994)
Spider-Man Unlimited (1993)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The New Defenders (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Supernaturals (1998)
Tomb of Dracula (1972)
Vampires: The Marvel Undead (2011)

Movie Appearances:
Blade: Trinity (2004)

Group Affiliation(s):
Midnight Sons (Marvel)(01 - Original Team)
Vampires (Marvel)

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