A big-time Guilty Pleasure was Marvel’s first attempt at giving Morbius his own series, back in the mid-’70s with Adventure Into Fear. What was notable about the series was that, as it starred a fringe character with little chance of financial success, it was a strikingly exhilarating, bat-shit crazy book. The Morbius stories jumped from Pellucidar-like alien epics to street fights to cults and back again, with a host of now-famous creators honing the fangs on this series in their early days: Doug Moench, Bill Mantlo, Paul Gulacy, and Craig Russell (!), with veteran contributions by the master of bat-shit crazy stuff, Steve Gerber, and the horrifying illustrator of double-jointed, saliva-drooling heroes, Frank Robbins.
Add a series of great covers by the one and only Gil Kane, and you’ve got one wild series to savor. In the issue with this particular cover, Morbius does indeed fight Blade, with Morbius thinking that Blade is a dangerous mental patient. “He really believes he’s battled the fictional character Dracula! The lunatic.”