Morbius - what to read before you see the Sony film

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Marvel's tortured superhero vampire Morbius will make his cinematic debut in April 1's film from Sony, but the comic books the Jared Leto-led film are based on are available now to get to know the living vampire - and three of them have already sold out at the distributor level.

The most recent Morbius the Living Vampire ongoing (by Vita Ayala and Marcelo Ferreira) was collected in 2020 as Morbius: Old Wounds (opens in new tab) but the volume has already sold through its stock at Marvel's two distributors (Penguin Random House and Diamond). 

The same holds for two other collections of older material: Morbius: Preludes and Nightmares (opens in new tab) and Morbius Epic Collection: The End of a Living Vampire (opens in new tab). While all of Marvel's comic store and booktrade distributors list it as "out of stock," Marvel is encouraging retailers to place new orders as recent as this month  - signaling either a new printing is being planned, or a less likely option - there is stock of these three books, but for some reason is not in its distributors' warehouses.

Morbius the Living Vampire Omnibus cover (Image credit: Marvel Comics)
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As for what's readily in print and available now, the big one (literally) is the massive 864-page hardcover Morbius the Living Vampire Omnibus (opens in new tab). This collects Morbius' stories from the '70s - the height of the character's popularity in comics books. It includes:

  • Amazing Spider-Man #101 and #102
  • Marvel Team-Up #3 and #4
  • Fear #20 - #31
  • Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1
  • Marvel Premiere #28
  • Marvel Two-In-One #15
  • Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #6 - #8 and #38
  • Savage She-Hulk #9 - #12
  • Material from Giant-Size Werewolf #4; Vampire Tales #1 - #5, #7, #8, #10, #11; and Marvel Preview #8

Marvel printed two versions of Morbius the Living Vampire Omnibus cover - one available everywhere, and another exclusive to comic shops. The latter is out of print completely according to Marvel's distributors, while the regular version (with the above cover) is still available.

Marvel has also recently published a black and white collection containing much of the same material (for generally half the price), as Morbius Epic Collection: The Living Vampire (opens in new tab).

Marvel-Verse: Morbius cover (Image credit: Greg Land (Marvel Comics))
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And lastly, if you're looking to get to know Morbius but aren't in the mood to spend a lot, the recent Marvel-Verse: Morbius (opens in new tab) collection has both his earliest appearances as well as the recent Morbius: Bond of Blood (opens in new tab) one-shot, and includes appearances from Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the Lizard, Doctor Strange, and even a bizarre villain known as the Living Eraser.

Marvel hasn't announced any new Morbius comics coming out to coincide with the upcoming film, however, the film's spate of delayed release dates could be playing a factor in if and when Marvel Comics publishes new Morbius comics.

Here's everything you need to know about Morbius ahead of the film. 

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)