Nobel prize-winning bio-chemist Dr. Michael Morbius suffered from a debilitating blood disease and developed an experimental treatment involving vampire bats and electroshocks. The side effects turned him into a "Living Vampire," a pseudo-vampire who needed to consume blood in order to survive, and gained typical vampire characteristics such as an aversion to sunlight, flight, enhanced strength, speed and healing. He also resembled a Vampire with fangs, his nose flattened to appear more bat-like, and his skin became extremely pale.
A "Living Vampires" bite would turn its victims into living vampires themselves. When he first experienced the change, Morbius killed the assistant who had helped him develop the treatment.
Nate Grey was infected by Morbius and was transformed into a Living Vampire. He eventually cured himself as by, according to Spider-Man, isolating and destroying the vampirism virus with his telekinesis.
Scientist and Hydra agent; Dr. Loxias Crown kidnapped Morbius to study him. Spider-Man came to his rescue but when he freed Morbius he attacked Crown. As they grappled the island began to explode. In the resulting explosion, Morbius drained his blood. This lead to him becoming a living vampire like Morbius.
Powers and Abilities
Living Vampires possesses several super human attributes, including superhuman strength and regenerative healing; however, unlike a real vampire the are not vulnerable to the traditional weaknesses of vampires, like a wooden stake through the heart and religious symbols.
- 62 appearance(s) of Living Vampires
- 1 appearance(s) in handbook(s) of Living Vampires
- 6 minor appearance(s) of Living Vampires
- 42 representative(s) of Living Vampires