Issue(s): Tomb of Dracula #10, Vampire Tales #2 (Satana story only)
Published Date: "His name is... Blade!" / "Satana the Devil's daughter!"
Title: Jul 73 / Oct 73
Marv Wolfman / Roy Thomas - Writer
Gene Colan / John Romita Sr. - Penciler
Jack Abel / John Romita Sr. - Inker
This issue has the first appearance of Blade. He's definitely modeled after blaxploitation characters, Shaft specifically, and while he's portrayed as an effective fighter, he's shown to rely entirely on wooden weapons, rejecting Harker's advanced weaponry and planning (he screws up the British team's ability to follow a group of vampire minions to Dracula by killing all of them). Still, he adds a new dimension to the series; he's certainly the first character that isn't incredibly stuffy.
Blade stops Dracula from causing too much mayhem on a cruise boat...