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Blade (real name Eric Brooks), also known as the Daywalker, is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was created by Marv Wolfman, and the late Gene Colan, and first appeared in Tomb of Dracula in July of 1973. A half-vampire hybrid and a vampire hunter of the Marvel Universe, he appears as the main portagonist of the titular comics, and a supporting character in other individual's comics.
Born Eric Brooks, became a dhampir after the vampire Deacon Frost feasted on his mother while he was still in the womb. As a result, Brooks can walk into the daylight without being burnt to death. He was eventually trained to fight the undead, and would later become an ally of many superheroes and monsters within the Marvel Universe. He is also a member of the Avengers and the Midnight Sons, where he protects the world from supernatural and otherworldly threats.
Since his debut in the comics, Blade has appeared in numerous media, such as in his own titular movies, TV series, and video games. He was portrayed by Wesley Snipes and the Blade trilogy, Sticky Fingaz in live-action TV series, and by Mahershala Ali in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.