DEACON FROST

Real Name: Deacon Frost

Identity/Class: Human vampire (German; 19th Century through the modern era);
    German citizen

Occupation: Physician, chemist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Dracula, Hrolf, Marie LaVeau, White Worm, most of the people he turned into vampires and their doppelgangers (specifically Blade and Hannibal King doppelgangers, and his own doppelganger)

Enemies: Blade, Vanessa Tara Brooks, Brother Voodoo, Safron Caulder, Donna Garth, Helmut Grossman, Ilsa, Hannibal King, Louis Rocque and his crime family

Known Relatives: None

Place of Birth: Lindau, Germany

Aliases: Dark One, Vendaaga (Great Lord in vampire tongue), Whitehair

Education: Extensively educated in chemistry

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Tomb of Dracula I#13 (October, 1973)

Powers/Abilities: Frost had all the standard vampiric abilities, including shape-changing, resistance to conventional injury and enhanced strength (he could lift 1,500 lbs.). Frost needed to drink blood to survive and couldn't stand in sunlight without burning. In addition, he may be slain by a wooden stake driven through his heart. He did 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.
    In addition, when Frost creates a vampire, he also gains the ability to create vampiric doppelgangers of the person he has vampirized. He refers to growing his doppelgangers from seeds, though it is unclear whether he possesses a large number of physical seeds, or he just possesses the seeds of creation within him. These doppelgangers are under Frost's absolute mental control and can absorb the original victim of whom he or she was a duplicate.

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Eyes: Red
Hair: White (originally black)

History:
(Tomb of Dracula I#53 (fb)) <1863> - A chemist with apparent delusions of grandeur, Frost experimented in life-prolongation in hopes of unlocking the secrets of immortality.

(Tomb of Dracula I#53 (fb) - BTS) <1863> - Frost acquired blood from a "recently deceased vampire."

(Tomb of Dracula I#53 (fb)) <1863> - Frost kidnapped a woman named Ilsa.

(Tomb of Dracula I#53 (fb)) <1863> - Ilsa became Frost's first subject as he injected her with some of the blood. Within a very short time she began to grow fangs, and Frost suspected his experiment had been successful. Suddenly, Helmut Grossman, having learned that Frost had abducted Ilsa, burst in and assaulted Frost. During the struggle, Frost was injected with his own serum. Swiftly acquiring vampiric powers, Frost then overpowered Grossman and bit him.

(Tomb of Dracula I#53 (fb) - BTS) <1863> - Frost became a different sort of vampire, possessing other abilities, including creating vampire doppelgangers under his control with each human victim he vamped.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe AZ 2006#4: Deacon Frost) - Embarking on a long period of wandering, Frost eventually reached the U.S.A. and began killing indiscriminate, regarding humanity as cattle to feed his hunger.

(Blade III#1 (fb) - BTS) - In Soho, England, Frost watched Vanessa Tara Brooks, coveting her and waiting for the right moment to feast upon her.

(Tomb of Dracula I#13 (fb)) <1929; Soho, England> - Deacon Frost was contacted by friends of Tara Brooks, a pregnant woman having a difficult delivery, and he was the first doctor they reached who would come to her home at Madame Vanity's brothel to treat her.

(Tomb of Dracula I#13 (fb) / Blade III#1 (fb)) <1929; Soho, England > - Frost arrived much later, just as Tara's son was born; but the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck and he wasn't breathing. Madame Vanity and one other woman were allowed to stay, but the other women were all sent from the room. Vanity tried to stop Frost as he bit Tara, but to no avail. The baby watched as Frost drained his mother's lifeblood, but she managed to scream, which brought the other women into the room. Frost fled by leaping through a window and vanishing into the night, but Tara died from the blood loss and recent strain.
    The infant boy, Eric, was affected by the enzyme passed into his system by Frost's bite and became immune to vampire bites. He grew up to be Blade, who tracked Frost in order to gain vengeance.

(Tomb of Dracula I#25 (fb) ) - Frost slew everyone in a factory, including a client of private detective Hannibal King who walked in on the assault and was vamped as well.

(Tomb of Dracula I#34 (fb) - BTS) - At some point Frost began following the trail of Dracula, with unspecified intentions upon finding him.

(Tomb of Dracula I#33) - In Soho, England, Frost overheard a man known only as Snitch talking about how vampires were suspected in being involved in the recent death of Mary-Beth Singleton (at the hands of Dracula the night before, in Tomb of Dracula I#31). The bartender, McGreedy, assumed Snitch to be drunk and kicked him out, and Frost followed him out into the night where he bit him and drained his blood.

(Tomb of Dracula I#34) - From the shadows, Frost observed Dracula, vowing not to ever lose sight of him again. He spoke to himself, mockingly referring to Dracula as master and saying he wished Dracula unharmed until he was done with him.

(Tomb of Dracula I#42) - In bat-form, Frost cackled manically as he watched Dracula working together with the Vampire-Hunters against Doctor Sun.

(Tomb of Dracula I#45 (fb) ) - In Boston, Frost hired an unidentified man to dig up a coffin, bring the coffin into Frost's wagon, and then take it back to a room. The man saw inside the coffin (which contained an exact double of Blade) before he demanded payment. Frost paid him by taking his life.

(Tomb of Dracula I#45 - BTS) - Hannibal King and the real Blade found the body of the recently vamped man and waited until it turned into a vampire, after which they coerced him into revealing his recent past.

(Tomb of Dracula I#46 - BTS) - King and Blade continued their search for Frost. King brought Blade to find a stoolie who could give them more information.

(Tomb of Dracula I#47 - BTS) - Blade delayed the search to meet up with his girlfriend, Saffron.

(Tomb of Dracula I#48 - BTS) - Blade and King broke into a building in search of Frost, but were instead confronted by Blade's doppelganger, who was a vampire.

(Tomb of Dracula I#49 - BTS) - Blade fought his doppelganger, but it merged with his body and took control of their combined form.

(Tomb of Dracula I#50 - BTS) - The combined Blade doppelganger attacked King, who fought him off long enough to leap out of a window.

(Tomb of Dracula I#51) - The combined Blade doppelganger continued his pursuit of King, and the chase continued into a mansion in which Dracula was holding a party; Frost himself was secretly in attendance and was most amused at this turn of events. Dracula battled Blade and was surprised to find him as a vampire, and King saw Frost and rushed him, but Frost turned to mist and then into a bat to escape. Ultimately Dracula plunged a stake in the Blade doppelganger's heart, destroying it.

(Tomb of Dracula I#53 (fb) - BTS) - Hannibal trailed Frost all night, eventually learning the location of his hidden base.

(Tomb of Dracula I#53) - Hannibal King enlisted the aid of Daimon Hellstrom (the Son of Satan), and he pulled the stake from the Blade doppelganger's chest, reviving him. As he did so, Hellstrom forced the doppelganger to split off the real Blade, after which Hannibal again staked the vampire doppelganger.
    Soon after, Blade and King dug their way through a hollow grave and entered Frost's hidden base. After King revealed what he had learned of Frost's origins, Frost himself appeared, revealing his army of Blade and King doppelgangers. Understanding the risks, Blade and King made sure to fight only the other's doppelgangers and swiftly took out the entire group. Claiming that his armies would still worm their way into controlling the world and that they had merely delayed the inevitable, Frost transformed into a bat and fled down a tunnel.
    Blade and King followed Frost and confronted him anew in his laboratory, where he picked up a jar of deadly fungus that could rot the flesh from their bones. His two foes struck swiftly, each hurling a teak blade into Frost's heart. Frost flew back into his machinery, causing an overload which resulted in a fire. Blade and King escaped while Frost lay face down on the ground, and an explosion soon wiped out Frost's entire base.

(Blade: Crescent City Blues (fb) - BTS) - Frost created a doppelganger of himself by combining science and magic.

(Blade: Vampire Hunter I#6-8- BTS) - This doppelgangers made a pact with the demon Nezaral, who granted him demonic powers. In a scheme to summon the demon to Earth the doppelganger attacked Bible John and was later opposed by Blade and Morbius. In the end the doppelganger succeeded, but was eaten by Nezaral.

(Blade: Crescent City Blues (fb) - BTS) - Frost took over a crime family in New Orleans with the help of Marie Laveau. In his growing empire in New Orleans Frost took over corporations and began a gang war with the Rocque family. In one corporation named Garwood Industries Frost made legal dealings with the board of directors and was seen by Safron Caulder when he visited. She tracked down Hannibal King and hired him to investigate Frost. With his newfound power in the underworld he began to move into other cities where major underground figures were turned into vampires for him. One of these cities was New York where and there Frost's plan caught Blade's attention after three major crime figures were taken out by vampires.

(Blade: Crescent City Blues) - Blade learned from a vampire that Frost had taken over New Orleans and that he was behind their attacks on mobsters. Blade immediately went to New Orleans and was attacked by some of Frost's vampires after asking too many people about him. Meanwhile Frost made another visit at Garwood Industries and threatened Donna Garth that he would use more primitive methods of persuasion if she continued to stay in his way. Not too long after that Louis Rocque sent two of his assassins to death in a trap for Frost's vampires. Blade and King watched the gang war and followed the surviving vampires to boat. They entered the boat and were caught with nets. Frost welcomed them on board together with Marie Laveau and showed them that Brother Voodoo was already captured by them. Frost told them that he would become the new Lord of Vampires by building an empire in the human world. He was sure that more vampires would follow him when they learned that he had captured Blade and King. Blade was knocked out and when he regained consciousness he was spiked to the ship's wall. Frost gloated about his great plan and his capture of three great heroes and left the ship to go to Donna Garth to finally take over Garwood Industries.

(Blade: Crescent City Blues - BTS) - Frost was able to enter Garth Manor because the first time Donna met him she invited him to come over to her house at one point.

(Blade: Crescent City Blues) - From inside Garth Minor Frost called Donna and asked her to sign all of Garwood Industries over to him, but she refused. Meanwhile Blade, King and Brother Voodoo escaped and Marie LaVeau was devoured by Damballah. Blade and King found dirt spread a foot deep in the bottom of the boat which explained why vampires could be on the ship (running water is bad for some vamps). They also found maps, contracts and new undead recruits, but everything was blown up. In Garth Manor Frost was threatened by Safron with a gun, but he took control of her and let her turn the gun against herself. Blade broke into the house and Frost made Safron shoot him, but she missed because she resisted Frost's will. Frost attacked Blade and tossed him around like a ragdoll. During the fight he told Blade about the creation of the doppelganger Blade had fought a while ago. Frost was ready to rip Blade apart when Donna and Safron attacked him. The women were no match for him, but it distracted Frost and Blade got the chance to toss one of his teak wood daggers. He only hit Frost's throat, but then he used his silver machete to severe Frost's left arm. Frost didn't want to die like that, jumped through the window and disappeared into the dark night.

 

(Blade: Vampire Hunter II#4 (fb) - BTS) - At some point in the past Deacon Frost turned Hrolf into a vampire. (no clues were given as to when Hrolf became a vampire; it could be placed earlier)

(Blade: Vampire Hunter II#4 (fb) - BTS) - Deacon Frost was bloated like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man after a confrontation with Blade. (possibly another doppelganger; see comments)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Blade: Vampire Hunter II#½) - Together with his pet White Worm he was in a parkhouse. They were found by two young boys and Frost told White Worm that they were fresh food for it. When Frost heard Blade's car outside, he got angry because Blade had arrived too soon. He told White Worm that their boogeyman was coming and tried to calm White Worm down by telling it that the pain would soon end. Frost turned into a gleaming blue vapor and disappeared.

(Blade: Vampire Hunter II#3) - Frost took a bus to a desert. He arrived in the desert after sunset. He stepped out of the bus and as soon as the vehicle was gone left the street to walk to an unknown location in the desert.

(Blade: Vampire Hunter II#4) - Deacon Frost was still on his way through the desert. Behind the mountains the morning sun could already be seen.

(Blade: Vampire Hunter II#6) - Frost arrived in a cave somewhere in the desert. Inside the cave was a laboratory.

 

 

 

(Tomb of Dracula III#4 (fb) - BTS) - As Dracula prepared to bring about the Rite of Ascendance, which would grant him vast power, he summoned various vampires across the planet to his side to defend his temporarily vulnerable body including Deacon Frost.

(Tomb of Dracula III#4) - When Blade arrived at the cavern in which the Rite was being performed, Frost revealed his presence. The two struggled fiercely, but while Frost bragged about his own strength, intellect, and prowess, Blade shoved a stake into his heart, and Frost crumbled to dust.

 

 

 

Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks).

    In Blade: Crescent City Blues it was revealed that the Deacon Frost from Blade I#6-8 was just a doppelganger.

   Blade: Vampire Hunter II occurred after Blade was bitten by Morbius in Peter Parker: Spider-Man II#8.

   Blade: Vampire Hunter II author Bart Sears confirmed on his board at Ominous Words that the Dark One and White Worm's master were both supposed to be Deacon Frost.

    The Sins of the Father One-Shot didn't occur on Earth-616 because it was meant as a prequel for the first Blade movie. But as far as I see it, it could've happened in the main Marvel Universe because things that were only in the movie like Abraham Whistler were absent from the comic. The main problem is that Blade was already a Daywalker which didn't happen in comics until he was bitten by Morbius in August 1999. IMO the MAX Blade (Blade II) was further away from Earth-616 with its revelation that Blade was born in 1929 (no more problems with the year due to Guggenheim's Blade title), but that title made it into Handbooks and the Marvel Knights Encyclopedia while Sins of the Father didn't.

Here a small review of Frost's involvement in Sins of the Father:

<1926> In Chicago during the prohibition allies of Frost were attacked by Leo Passolini and his gang. In return Frost killed Leo's men and turned Passolini into a vampire.
<Present> Frost watched Blade destroy the vampire mobsters Cordelia Passolini and Roberto Strati. He was very impressed with Blade and awaited their father/son reunion.

Their reunion happened in the first Blade movie in which Deacon Frost played by Stephen Dorff was the main villain.

    The scene in Blade: Vampire Hunter II#4 when Blade remembers a bloated Frost was taken from the aforementioned movie. I wonder if similar events like in the movie took place on Earth-616. If Frost exploded like in the movie it was probably another Frost doppelganger and not the original which returned as the Dark One.

    So what happened to Ilsa? And Helmut Grossman and Tara Brooks should have not only become vamps, but also formed doppelgangers. Blade's mom was shown as a vampire much later.

    Goyer (director of the Blade films) noted that he changed Frost to make him less of a Christopher Lee/Hammer style vampire (Hammer was still well-known when Frost was created, they also produced Frankenstein films with Peter Cushing).
--Per Degaton

In Blade III#12 a prophecy was fulfilled that brought back all vampires that ever died. This most likely included Deacon Frost as well. We'll have to wait if he resurfaces. I hope he returns soon to get another round with Blade.
--Markus Raymond

Profile by Markus Raymond and Snood

CLARIFICATIONS:
Deacon Frost has no known connection to:


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Tomb of Dracula I#53 cover (vs. King & Blade)
        p10, panel 4 (younger appearance)
Marvel Encyclopedia: Marvel Knights, p190 (main image)
Blade: Vampire Hunter II#4, p10, right side in the middle (Stay Puff Frost)
Blade: Vampire Hunter II#3, p23, pan10 (desert walk)


Other Appearances:
Tomb of Dracula I#25 (October, 1974) - Marv Wolfman (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Tomb of Dracula I#33-34 (June-July, 1975) - Marv Wolfman (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Tomb of Dracula I#42 (March, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks)
Tomb of Dracula I#45 (June, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks)
Tomb of Dracula I#46-50 (July-November, 1976) - BTS - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks)
Tomb of Dracula I#51 (December, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks)
Tomb of Dracula I#53 (February, 1977) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks)
Blade: Vampire Hunter I#6 (December, 1994) - Ian Edginton (writer), Nick Napolitano (pencils), Steve Moncuse & Phil Moy (inks), Chris Cooper (editor) - doppelganger
Blade: Vampire Hunter I#7-8 (January-February, 1995) - Ian Edginton (writer), Douglas Wheatley (pencils), Steve Moncuse (inks), Chris Cooper (editor) - doppelganger
Blade: Crescent City Blues (March, 1998) - Christopher Golden (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Mark Pennington (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Blade: Sins of the Father (October, 1998) - Marc Andreyko (writer), Bart Sears (pencils), Mark Pennington, Randy Elliot & Ray Kryssing (inks), Joe Andreani (editor) - not Earth-616
Blade: Vampire Hunter II#½ (1999) - Bart Sears (writer/pencils), Bill Sienkiewicz (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Blade: Vampire Hunter II#3 (February, 2000) - Bart Sears (writer/pencils), Bill Sienkiewicz (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Blade: Vampire Hunter II#4 (March, 2000) - Bart Sears (writer/pencils), Andy Smith (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Blade: Vampire Hunter II#6 (May, 2000) - Bart Sears (writer), Andy Smith (pencils), John Beatty, Bob McLeod & Andy Smith (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Tomb of Dracula III#4 (March, 2005) - Rod Rodi (writer), Jamie Tolagson (penciler), Tom Palmer & Scott Koblish (inkers), Warren Simons (editor)
Blade III#1 (November, 2006) - by Marc Guggenheim (writer), Howard Chaykin (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 01/19/08

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