Deacon Frost (Marvel)
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Frost has all the standard vampiric abilities, including shape-changing, resistance to conventional injury and enhanced strength, lifting 1,500 lbs. Frost can create vampiric doppelgangers of those he bites. These doppelgangers are under Frost’s absolute mental control.
Frost needs to drink blood to survive and cannot stand in sunlight without burning. In addition, he may be slain by a wooden stake driven through his heart. He does not cast a reflection, and may be harmed by exposure to the Christian crucifix or any religious symbol whose bearer believes in it strongly enough.
Frost was allegedly a scientist looking for the key to immortality. For one of his experiments, he kidnapped a young woman in order to inject her with the blood of a recently killed vampire. The girl's fiance broke into the lab and in the resulting scuffle, Frost accidentally was injected with the blood himself. The result was that Frost became a vampire but due to the unusual method of his becoming a vampire, he was endowed with a unique characteristic. Anyone he turned into a vampire would generate a doppelgänger. He could create an infinite number of doppelgängers by biting each doppelgänger, and they would all be under his mental control. Frost intended to use this ability to contend for the position of Lord of Vampires, a position that was presently owned by Dracula.
Deacon Frost is the vampire responsible for the death of Blade's mother; Blade's initial mission is to exact revenge against his mother's killer. It was also Frost who turned Hannibal King into a vampire. Blade and King, while initially distrusting each other, eventually teamed up to fight Frost's army of Blade and King doppelgangers. The two of them managed to defeat and apparently destroy Frost in his underground hideout, stabbing him twice and leaving his body to be consumed as his hideout exploded.
Many years later, Blade encountered a vampire that called itself Deacon Frost. This vampire had a different appearance and personality to the original Frost, and was later identified as being a doppelgänger. The doppelgänger attempted to summon a powerful demon, only to be devoured by it. In a later one-shot story set in New Orleans, Deacon Frost was encountered yet again, but he appeared as he did in Tomb of Dracula. He also confirmed that the previous encounter was indeed an impostor, as Blade suspected, who was created using science and magic. Blade and King, with the help of Brother Voodoo, foiled Frost's attempt to gain control of Garwood Industries through Donna Garth (daughter of Simon Garth, the so-called Living Zombie). Frost escaped this encounter vowing revenge. More recently, Frost appeared at the summons of Dracula to defend the Lord of Vampires as he underwent a magical ritual, only to be staked by Blade.
First Appearance: Tomb of Dracula (1972) #13
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#4 Blade (2006)
- 'Damon Dran to Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, & Holliway'
Blade [One-Shot] (1998)
#1 Blade: Black & White (2004)
- 'Crescent City Blues'
TPB Blade: Sins of the Father (1998)
- 'Blade: Black & White'
#1 Blade: The Vampire-Hunter (1994)
- 'Sins of the Father'
#6 Dr. Strange vs. Dracula (1994)
- 'Cities of the Red Night'#7
- 'Bad to the Bone'#8
- 'Rites & Passages'
#5 Marvel Preview (1975)
- 'A Line In The Sand'#6
- 'Vampires in Brooklyn'#8
- 'Love Never Dies'
#3 Mighty Avengers (2013)
- 'The Night Josie Harper Died! / Trail of Blood Trail of Tears / Dawn of Blood / Hellmorn!'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
HC vol. 04 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Earthmover to Guardians of the Galaxy'TPB vol. 04
- 'Earthmover to Guardians of the Galaxy'
#20 Tomb of Dracula (1972)
- 'Book of the Dead (Stick to Zuras)'
#13 Vampires: The Marvel Undead (2011)
- 'To Kill A Vampire!'#25
- 'Night of the Blood Stalker!'#33
- 'Blood on My Hands!'#34
- 'Showdown of Blood!'#42
- 'A Final Battle Waged!'#44
- 'His Name is Doctor Strange'#45
- 'The Wildest Party'#53
- 'The Final Glory of Deacon Frost'#58
- 'Undead by Daylight!'
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