Real Name: Aldes Yancey
Identity/Class: Human vampire
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Blade, Betsy Voisin
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: An abandoned riverboat in the salt march of the Louisiana Delta outside of New Orleans
First Appearance: Blade I#1 (November, 1998)
Powers/Abilities: He possessed the normal powers and weaknesses of a vampire including the transformation into a giant bat-like creature, hypnotic powers, the need for blood and other vampiric features. Weaknesses included sunlight, etc.
(Blade I#1 (fb) - BTS) - While he was still alive Aldes was a fisherman. After his transformation into a vampire he chose an abandoned riverboat as his nest.
(Blade I#1) - One night Aldes brought another unsuspecting victim to his boat. He drove the young woman with his pick-up to his boat and hypnotized her when she didn't want to leave the car. After a short struggle she went with him on the boat which was guarded by Aldes' partner Worm-Digger. After asking Worm-Digger if anything was alright, Aldes went with Betsy to the inside. He was going to bite her when Blade tossed one of his wooden daggers and broke Aldes' teeth with it. Aldes tried to defend his actions by telling Blade that she wasn't fighting him, but Blade knew how the vampire had bent her mind. Aldes knew who Blade was and transformed into a more bat-like form. Two daggers went through Aldes's wings before he started a flying attack at Blade which the vampire hunter easily avoided. Blade jumped on Aldes back, covered his eyes, rammed him a stake in his shoulder and Aldes crashed flying through the ship's wooden wall. On the outside Aldes tossed Blade through the air and tried to get the stake out of his shoulder, but he couldn't reach it. Aldes jumped at Blade again and tried to bite him with his broken fangs, but he just got his face sliced by Blade. Back in the air Aldes was surprised by two more stakes that nailed him to the ship. Blade climbed up to Aldes, who transformed back into his human form. Blade left him there and when the sun Aldes died.
(Blade I#3 (fb) - BTS) - Betsy Voisin reported Yancey's death to the police, but they couldn't find any proof for it as Aldes' body was already turned to dust by the sun.
Comments: Created by Don McGregor (writer), Brian Hagan (pencils), Sandu Florea (inks).
This series occurred after the one-shot Blade: Crescent City Blue as revealed in the intro page in issue #1. OHotMU Marvel Knights 2005 though placed it before Crescent City Blues.
In Blade III#12 a prophecy was fulfilled that brought back all vampires that ever died. This most likely included Aldes and Worm-Digger as well. We'll have to wait if they resurface.
Profile by Markus Raymond.
Aldes Yancey has no known connections to:
Betsy Voisin has no known connection to:
Worm-Digger has no known connection to:
(Blade I#1) - Betsy searched for something unusual, but what she found in New Orleans was more than she wanted. Aldes Yancey brought her to his ship, hypnotized her and tried to drink her blood. Blade saved her from Aldes and brought the fun-loving woman to safety.
(Blade II#3 (fb) - BTS) - Still shocked by the horrible experience, Betsy went to the police and sent them to the boat to retrieve Blade's victims, but Aldes and Worm-Digger were already burnt to dust by the sun.
--Blade I#1 (Blade I#1, Blade I#3 (fb) - BTS
(Blade I#1 (fb) - BTS) - The man who would become Worm-Digger liked to dig up worms and fish. He chewed on worms to get a laugh and always told people that he should be on the Letterman Show doing stupid human tricks. As a vampire he became the lackey of Aldes Yancey and only got his leftovers.
(Blade I#1) - Worm-Digger guarded Yancey's boat and couldn't report anything unusual to Aldes when he returned with a woman. Seconds after Aldes went inside with her; Blade attacked Worm-Digger from behind and tossed him overboard on a rotten stump. Worm-Digger was impaled by the spiked stump and Blade left him there.
(Blade I#3 (fb) - BTS) - Betsy reported Worm-Digger's death to the police. They didn't find his body as it was already turned to dust by the sun.
--Blade I#1 (Blade I#1 (fb) - BTS, Blade I#1, Blade I#3 (fb) - BTS
Blade I#1, p13, pan5 (main image)
p6, pan3 (head shot)
p7, pan3 (Betsy Voisin)
p8, pan1 (Worm-Digger)
Blade I#1 (November, 1998) - Don McGregor (writer), Brian Hagan (pencils), Sandu Florea (inks), Joe Andreani (editor)
Blade I#3 (January, 1999) - Don McGregor (writer), Brian Hagan (pencils), Sandu Florea (inks), Joe Andreani (editor)
Last updated: 04/20/06
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