The character was created in 1973 for Marvel Comics by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan. Blade was born as a dhampir, a human with vampire genes.
Blade grows up to become a vampire hunter, swearing vengeance on the creatures that killed his mother. He teams up with a man called Whistler, a retired vampire hunter and weapons expert.
A rare mutation has occurred within the vampire community. “Reapers” are vampires so consumed with an insatiable bloodlust that they prey on vampires as well as humans, transforming victims who are unlucky enough to survive into Reapers themselves.
The vampires succeed in framing Blade for the killing of a human (who was in fact a familiar being used as bait). Blade, now in the public’s eye and wanted by the FBI, has to join forces with the Nightstalkers, a human clan of vampire hunters.
Blade is a solid movie trilogy. The action is compact. The story simple. A vampire hunter against vampires. I believe that this series is more than likely the reason that comic book movies survived to the point that they could thrive as they have in this day and age. Yes there was superman, batman and ofcourse spiderman alright… conan too… but blade showed that a black comic book superhero was marketable and that I believe is what showed the studios that comics were marketable if done right… aka leave them the heck alone… use the comic book universe with minor modifications… like none…