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Real Name
Current Alias

Henry Keagle





5' 11"

190 lbs (86 kg)


Unusual Features
San Francisco


Private Investigator


First appearance

Tomb of Dracula #25
(October, 1974)



Hannibal King was a normal everyday P.I. waiting for a big case to give him a good reputation. He was killed and turned into a vampire by Deacon Frost. He woke up in the morgue and realized what had happened to him. Hannibal sought to control his vampiric tendencies; he vowed to never drain an innocent being. He drained the bodies of corpses and bought and stole blood from blood banks.

King befriended Blade and Frank Drake. They formed their own investigation group, the Nightstalkers. Later, they joined the Midnight Sons.

His refusal to harm the living as well as the help of Doctor Strange enabled Hannibal to survive the Montesi Formula's destruction of all vampires. King agreed to help the others use the formula even though he was risking his own existence by doing so.

When the Vampiric Verses restored vampires, undoing the Montesi Formula, Hannibal regained his vampiric powers.

Hannibal and Drake appeared to die battling the recently resurrected Varnae. The combination of the three and a large explosion of mystical energy revived Dracula from the same spot. Drake and King seemed to be trapped within Dracula, as a sort of merged being. Dracula ultimately drove them from his body, and King resumed his detective career.

King's recent cases have included aiding Brother Voodoo and Blade against Marie LaVeau, and recovering Zombie from Lilith Drake on behalf of Donna Garth.

CIA agent Tatjana Stiles hired King to investigate the vampire Navarro, who had stolen a number of biological weapons.

King was captured by Navarro and forced to feed on a live human to prevent their being turned into a vampire. King and Tatjana ultimately destroyed Navarro, but Tatjana was horribly injured. She begged King to make her a vampire in order to save her, and King gave in, taking his second human life.

Powers and Abilities


Vampirism: Hannibal King is a vampire and possesses all of the various superhuman attributes commonly associated with vampires.

  • Superhuman Strength: Like all vampires, King is superhumanly strong and possesses about 10 times the strength he possessed as a human, allowing him to lift about 1 ton.
  • Superhuman Speed: King can run and move at speeds that are beyond the physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Stamina: King's musculature produces less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of a normal human. He can physically exert himself at peak capacity for a period of several hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood begins to impair him.
  • Superhuman Agility: King's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhumanly Acute Senses: King's senses of sight, smell, and hearing are enhanced to superhuman levels. King, like all vampires, has exceptional night vision and can see with perfect clarity in near-total darkness. He can also detect sounds that ordinary humans can't, even at great distances. His sense of smell is also acute enough to detect the scent of blood in the air, which he can use to track and injured opponent if necessary.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Like all vampires, Hannibal King can rapidly regenerate damaged or destroyed bodily tissues faster and more efficiently than an ordinary human. King can regenerate from multiple bullet wounds, knife wounds, or severe body wide burns within a matter of hours. However, he isn't able to regenerate missing limbs or organs.
  • Immortality: Though King isn't technically alive, he is functionally immortal for all intents and purposes. Since he isn't alive, he is immune to the effects of all known Earthly diseases and infections. As long as he feeds on fresh blood on a regular basis, King's aging process is completely halted as well.
  • Shapeshifting: King, like all vampires, possesses a limited shapeshifting ability and can transform into a bat, a wolf, or as a gaseous mist. He retains his full intelligence in these forms and typically uses them for the purpose of traveling faster than he can while in his human form.
  • Weather Manipulation: King, like all vampires, possess the ability to greatly manipulate the weather over a limited area, such as creating immensely powerful thunderstorms. However, manipulating the weather in such a way leaves him physically and mentally drained for an extended period of time.
  • Hypnotism and Mind Control: Like all vampires, King has the ability to hypnotise most beings just by making eye contact with them for a few seconds. While under his influence, he can force people to do his bidding, though beings of great will power can resist him. King can also mentally control other vampires that he himself has created, or rather he could if he ever did sire other vampires.

Former Powers

After his restoration as a vampire, Hannibal seemed to be more resistant to sunlight than normal vampires. His need for blood was also greatly diminished.


Hannibal is an excellent detective and a good hand to hand combatant.


Hannibal King possesses all of the typical vulnerabilities common to vampires.

Blood: The most basic and well known weakness of King, or any other vampire, is the need to regularly ingest blood in order to maintain physical vitality and a youthful appearance. However, King restricts himself by refusing to feed upon the living. If he were go to for a long period of time without feeding, King will steadily weaken until he eventually suffers a kind of second death.

Religious Icons: Hannibal King can be affected by being exposed to religious icons, such as a Christian crucafix or the Jewish Star of David. The size of the icons is irrelevant, but the faith of the one holding the icon that can cause extreme levels of fear. If he is touched by one of these icons, he will suffer severe burns that will take much longer to heal than ordinary burns.

Wooden Stake: King can also be killed by having a wooden stake driven through his heart. For some unknown reason, the stake prevents the various mystical energies that empower a vampire from circulating through his body. However, removal of the stake from King will result in his immediate return to life.

Silver: Like all vampires, Hannibal King is particularly vulnerable to objects or weaponry composed of silver. If he is stabbed through the heart with a silver stake or blade, he will die in much the same way as if he were stabbed with a wooden stake. If he sustains injury from a silver weapon or object, his recovery time from the injury will be much longer than healing from an injury sustained from a weapon composed of more conventional materials.

Sunlight: During the daylight hours, King falls into a dormant, comatose, death-like state and will remain that way until sunset. However, if he were to be exposed to direct sunlight, his body will be incinerated within a matter of seconds.

Native Soil: King, like all vampires, must line his coffin or sleeping area with soil taken from the land of his birth. Otherwise, he isn't able to travel more than 100 miles from the place of his birth.


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